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  1. Union have real chance to make it hurt for rival Red Bulls tonight

    Apr 16, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

    The Union's Leo Fernandes, left, and Maurice Edu,  right, congratulate teammate Andrew Wenger (9) who scored during the second half against Real Salt Lake at PPL Park last Saturday.

    First thing’s first: Because of the Sixers and Phillies, the Philadelphia Union game tonight against the rival New York Red Bulls is on something called WACP TV-4 (7:30 p.m).  It sounds like a channel you probably don’t get, but you definitely do:* *UPDATE: Apparently the game is also on The Comcast Network, which I was…

  2. Commentary: Jack McInerney is gone but fellow Union original Amobi Okugo shouldn’t have to follow

    Apr 11, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

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    You might have heard that the Union traded Jack McInerney last week and you might have read Steve Moore’s analysis of the surprising deal on this site. While I’m not here to argue with Steve’s point that the trade shouldn’t cause Union fans to panic (SERIOUSLY, DON’T PANIC!!!), and while I agree there are a…

  3. “We traded who?!?”: Why you shouldn’t panic about the Union trading Jack McInerney

    Apr 4, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    JACK McINERNEY

    Even if you’re the most casual Union fan, the name you know is young striker Jack McInerney. I’d guess if you asked any Philly sports fan to name one Union player, he’s the name you’d get 90 percent of the time. As of today, he’s no longer a Union player. On Friday, the Union shipped…

  4. Sons of Ben soccer fan group get their own beer from Yards

    Apr 2, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

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    The dedicated Union fan group that you hear banging their drums and singing throughout entire Philadelphia Union games down in Chester are being rewarded for their efforts in the best way possible: in the form of beer. According to an email that went out to all Sons of Ben members today, they’re getting a brew…

  5. How will Maurice Edu’s national team call-up affect the Philadelphia Union season?

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    If you follow me on Twitter, you know it’s been a busy week for me. And since I can’t possibly show you all my wallet photos (do people still carry wallet photos?), I’m going to do the next best thing and post a totally, completely and utterly shameless photo of my 2-day-old daughter Sarah right…

  6. The Pope has more Philly sports jerseys than you do

    Mar 27, 2014, 2:27 PM EDT

    Vatican Pope Family Meeting

    Unless you’re one of those people who love jerseys, maybe. Then you could possibly have more Philly sports jerseys than the Pope now does after Mayor Nutter and his cohorts showered the Pontifex with gifts, most of which were sports jerseys with “Pope Francis” on the back. From Dan McQuade at Philly Mag who suggested…

  7. MATCHDAY: If Union want to contend, these are the ones they have to win

    Mar 22, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

    Union players celebrate scoring during the second half against the Portland Timbers in Portland, Ore., Saturday.

    It’s easy to get hyped for a season-opener in front of a raucous crowd, like the Union did in a 1-1 draw in Portland. It’s VERY easy to get amped up for a home-opener against a playoff team on a beautiful day in front of 18,000-plus, like the Union did in a 1-0 win last…

  8. MATCHDAY: It’s a fine day for soccer as Union open home slate vs. New England Revolution

    Mar 15, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

    The sun (and warmth!) are expected at PPL Park on Saturday (Steve Moore photo)

    Well, after the winter we’ve had, I think we all deserve a beautiful Saturday. As for Philadelphia Union fans — who have sat through tropical storms, thunderstorm delays, bitter cold and four seasons of up-and-down-mostly-mediocre soccer — well, they deserve this weather to fall on this day. We told you about John Hackworth’s one year to…

  9. Show Me Something: After 4 years, Union have 17 home games to convince masses to pay attention

    Mar 14, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT

    Sebastien LeToux, Michael Harrington

    Last Saturday night, after the Union’s 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers, I got a text from a co-worker friend of mine. Now, this friend is a huge soccer-head. He not only has multiple Liverpool jerseys and listens to multiple Liverpool podcasts (and somehow understands the ridiculous “Scouser” accent), he manually keeps stats in an…

  10. Six great local beers for your Philadelphia Union season opener tailgate

    Mar 14, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT

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    For many Philly sports fans, few things compare to taking an afternoon off from work and heading down South Broad for the Phillies’ home opener. No one needs any reminders that winter can be brutal here, and one weekday afternoon, even when it happens to be chilly and rainy, is still the mile marker where…

  11. Yeah, the Union should’ve won, but here’s three things that should leave you encouraged

    Mar 12, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

    Union midfielder Maurice Edu, right, chases the ball towards the goal past Timbers midfielder Diego Chara, left, and defender Pa Modou Kah last Saturday. (AP Photo)

    The Philadelphia Union were mere seconds away from a stunning road win on opening night against a very popular pick to win the MLS Cup. They didn’t get it. That is disappointing. There are plenty of lessons to be learned. It’s OK to be frustrated. But, let’s not pretend that this game wasn’t as encouraging as…

  12. Matchday: Eagles linemen get you ready as Union open MLS season with toughest test of all

    Mar 8, 2014, 10:28 AM EDT

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    In case you weren’t ready for the Union opener tonight in Portland (10:30 p.m. – Comcast SportsNet), a few Eagles players are here to pump you up. That’s Connor Barwin, Todd Herremans and Brent Celek, proving that if you’re an NFL player, you actually can get Union jerseys in sizes larger than XL. If you’re looking…

  13. One day away: It’s time to look into the Philadelphia Union crystal ball (feat. The Rev)

    Mar 7, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

    SOC - Dynamo vs Phildelphia

    Much of my soccer “analysis” comes from playing FIFA14 on the XBox (XBox 360, sadly, not XBox One … some of us have families to feed). Ever since rosters updated a few weeks ago, I’ve played with the Union quite a bit, even trying out what I think Saturday’s expected formation will be for the…

  14. Which Philadelphia Union players will be key to a winning season? We rank them.

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

    jack.mcinerney

    The season is so close, I can taste the Lot A dust storms, cold beer, and whatever that smell is coming off the Delaware River (possibly dead bodies). We have to wait nine more days for the Philadelphia Union home opener at PPL Park, but we’re just two days away from the first kick of…

  15. Union unveil new primary kits, complete with sweet gold pinstripes

    Mar 4, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

    The Union's 2014 home kits.

    Sports fans love to complain about how teams only unveil new uniforms every five minutes so that we’ll all run to the team store to buy a new replica. When they’re done complaining, they run to the team store and buy a new replica. The Philadelphia Union held their annual Meet the Team event Tuesday…

  16. Just 6 days to kickoff: Video to get ready for Union opener, some “kit” talk, and #USMNT shirts

    Mar 3, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

    Sebastien Le Toux

    The Union are back from Florida, and training at home this week before shipping out to Portland for Saturday’s season opener (10:30 p.m. – Comcast SportsNet). Soccer-heads and non-soccer-heads alike should get excited by this promo (above) provided by our friends at Comcast SportsNet, which will air most Union games again this season. The team…

  17. After stunning offseason, Union manager John Hackworth has exactly one chance to get it right

    Feb 27, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

    Union manager John Hackworth has plenty of pressure on his shoulders this season.

    John Hackworth has been here since the beginning. The Union manager was here for the team’s first draft in 2010, the opener at the Linc, the first game at PPL Park and even 66 games (including mid-season friendlies and cup games) as the team’s manager. In nine days, he’ll start all over again. And, in horrible…

  18. Maurice Edu has yet to play in Philly, yet he’s already cooler (and nerdier) than you #throughglass

    Feb 24, 2014, 5:08 PM EDT

    EduDaytona copy

    The Union capped a wild offseason Monday by pulling off a steal trade for central defender and 2012 Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year Austin Berry (more on that tomorrow). For now, we can be entertained by the offseason’s biggest acquisition, midfielder Maurice Edu. For the last few days, Edu has been wearing Google Glass…

  19. The best and worst Philly sports related Valentine’s Day things

    Feb 14, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Hopefully you’re dusting off your Clarence Love Eagles jersey and heading out to a romantic dinner with your significant other down at Xfinity Live! this evening. But before you do, check out these inspiring messages of love on this Valentine’s Day. This post was inspired by the handy work of friend of the Level, Philly…

  20. The MLS season is fast approaching so let’s break down some of the Philadelphia Union’s preseason battles

    Feb 13, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

    JACK McINERNEY

    It might be snowing nonstop in Philly, but in three weeks the Philadelphia Union will go outside and start playing soccer games for real. And with the Union’s March 8th regular-season opener looming, their lineup and formation is starting to take shape. Last night, in a 2-1 preseason loss to the New York Red Bulls…

  21. Union finally get their man — now, who is Maurice Edu, anyway?

    Jan 28, 2014, 3:06 AM EDT

    Maurice Edu will be unveiled Tuesday as the newest member of the Philadelphia Union.

    After weeks of rumor, vague “Internet reports” and a likely disagreement with Major League Soccer over money,  the Philadelphia Union finally got their man. Yes, the team finally finished off the deal for 27-year-old midfielder Maurice (or “Mo”) Edu on Monday, and marked it by unveiling a surprisingly awesome Twitter hashtag, #MOTownPhilly.  Edu will be…

  22. Union make moves on draft day, scare the hell out of their starting goalkeeper

    Jan 16, 2014, 3:52 PM EDT

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    College soccer is not like football or basketball. Only the nerdiest soccer-heads have seen most of these guys play, so evaluating how a Major League Soccer team does on draft day is damn near impossible. I’m no expert on that front, so I listen to a few people who are. One of them is Ives…

  23. Union select goalie with No. 1 pick, who says Philly is ‘the place for cheesesteaks or something’

    Jan 16, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

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    When you trade up and take the consensus best player in the draft, it’s hard not to call it a successful day. Whether that player turns into a top notch pro talent is another story. Hi, Mr. Bennett! The Philadelphia Union traded up in today’s MLS SuperDraft to select goalkeeper from the University of Connecticut…

  24. Union have plenty of chips to play on SuperDraft day in Philly

    Jan 15, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT

    Georgetown's Steve Neumann -- here at last week's MLS Combine -- is an interesting draft target for the Union, since he's a Council Rock North graduate and his family holds Union season tickets.

    So, any news out there on the Union front? It’s been a weird 24 hours for the Union, what with trading their best center back for another center back and trying to sign a high-priced star only to have the league say they can’t. The Maurice Edu saga is not complete as of this writing,…

  25. The Union are (gasp!) trying to spend money … Major League Soccer says ‘not so fast, my friend’

    Jan 15, 2014, 7:23 AM EDT

    U.S. National Team player Maurice Edu could be coming to the Union, unless MLS decides to not allow it.

    Tuesday was a wild day for the Philadelphia Union, which, up until this point, had been damn near comatose this offseason. Tuesday night, things got even wilder. To explain briefly: On Tuesday morning, the Union traded defender Jeff Parke to D.C. United for defender Ethan White and the top spot in Major League Soccer’s “Allocation…