May 15, 2013, 11:15 AM EST
Landon Donovan and Jack McInerney don’t know each other personally. But Donovan is certainly paying attention to what McInerney is doing this season. On Tuesday afternoon, Donovan and his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates trained at PPL Park, a day ahead of their much-anticipated clash with the Union tonight at 7:30 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet). And I…
May 11, 2013, 5:33 PM EST
It most certainly was not the prettiest of victories for the Union in Chicago this afternoon but they are the side to come away with three points. That was thanks in gigantic part to the stellar goalie work of Zac MacMath who was tested over and over on Saturday. They certainly had some luck on…
May 11, 2013, 11:30 AM EST
Much of the fan discussion in pro sports revolves around money. Who makes the most money, who is underpaid, who is overpaid, who has a terrible contract. On WIP the other night, an entire Phillies discussion revolved around how many Phillies players were “outperforming their contract” (just one: Kyle Kendrick) and how many were “overpaid”…
May 10, 2013, 12:59 PM EST
It was beautiful. It inspired gasps. It appeared on highlight shows in Europe, where fans were exposed to the blue and gold of a team called “Philadelphia Union.” It was one goal in a meaningless friendly. And it has somehow earned Michael Farfan a nearly two-year free pass from Union fans. That YouTube video alone…
May 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EST
CHESTER, Pa. – Imagine you’re living with someone who doesn’t treat you how you think you deserve to be treated. So you tell this person you want to leave. And this person, though a little bit surprised, doesn’t want to change and decides to help you look for a new place to live. Now imagine…
May 4, 2013, 1:58 PM EST
Much of the fan frustration in the Union so far this season — especially without Freddy Adu to kick around anymore — has been directed at midfielder Danny Cruz.
May 2, 2013, 12:19 PM EST
CHESTER, Pa. – After the third consecutive question about the Brazilian World Cup winner was fired at him, Philadelphia Union manager John Hackworth paused and gave a nervous smile.
“This is a lot more Kléberson than I thought there’d be in this press conference,” he said.
He probably should have seen it coming.
May 1, 2013, 3:43 PM EST
In a story that won’t get much attention on SportsCenter (but should), the Timbers and their fans — the Timbers Army — made an 8-year-old boy’s dream come true on Wednesday.
Apr 29, 2013, 3:52 PM EST
For whatever reason, there seems to be a trend of local newscasts bringing in celebrities or athletes to jump in during the weather forecast portion of the show to try and generate a few yucks while also getting a free plug for their movie/game/whatever. Mark Wahlberg was actually decent recently while in Philly. Because basically he attempted to make a fool of himself and all involved. But goal-scoring machine for the Philadelphia Union, Jack McInerney, was not trained in Hollywood. He’s trained on the soccer field. So when he appeared on CBS today to deliver the weather, it did not go as smoothly.
Apr 26, 2013, 10:40 AM EST
I’ve been playing soccer since I was a little kid, and watching it on TV for more than a decade at this point. But aside from one U.S. National Team game in 2009 at the Linc, I didn’t start watching soccer (not counting high school or college soccer) in person until the Union’s first home game — also at the Linc — in 2010.
After just a few games, I quickly learned how much there is to actually watch when you can see outside the boundaries of the TV screen.
So, on occasion here at The Level, I’ll try to showcase something that the average fan might not have noticed “Between the Lines.”
Apr 25, 2013, 10:51 AM EST
As soon as reporters began to crowd around Philadelphia Union striker Jack McInerney’s locker in the bowels of creaky RFK Stadium on Sunday night, the catcalls began.
“Hey, Chicharito!” “Jackarito!” “From Golden Boy to Golden Boot!”
Apr 23, 2013, 1:34 PM EST
Jack McInerney continuing his scoring tear on Sunday earned him a spot on the Top 3 MLS Performers for Week 8. I commented on Sunday about the sheer awesomeness of how cool and collected Jack Mac looked while scoring his first goal. That kind of poise seems pretty rare when a Union player gets the ball around the net. 20-years-old Jack Mac hopes to change all that. This kid has been fun to watch. Let’s hope it continues all season.
Apr 18, 2013, 4:11 PM EST
It’s no great secret that the Union – a team which sold out nearly every game at PPL Park during its first few seasons – has a few more empty seats so far this spring. So, STAR WARS THEME NIGHT!
Apr 13, 2013, 12:13 PM EST
In this town, we have had plenty of anticipated returns, when our one-time heroes come back to our fair city in another team’s jersey.
The days leading up to these reunions are built up with questions from fans, local media members and national media-types (all of whom are predicting boos and batteries).
Will they cheer? Will they boo? Usually, one or two writers will climb onto their nearest high horse to tell you what you should do when he comes out of the tunnel.
Mar 30, 2013, 1:04 PM EST
Major League Soccer is trying its best to reduce the power of some of its greatest rivalries. How? By having the teams play more often. Bear with me here.
Mar 26, 2013, 11:25 AM EST
Long ago, I stopped trying to be “that guy” who insists everyone should love soccer.
Sure, I welcome newbies to watch a game or come to PPL Park, and I’ll happily preach the virtues of the sport I love. But I don’t get angry at the soccer “haters” anymore. There are plenty of us who love soccer, and there are many who don’t. To each his or her own.
But, for the next few hundred words, I will beg you to carve out time in front of the TV tonight (Flyers-Rangers will be over in plenty of time).
Mar 19, 2013, 7:23 PM EST
I had a feeling when I wrote this last week, begging to see Amobi Okugo in the midfield and Bakary Soumare get ANY playing time as a center back, it would fall on deaf ears. Not sure John Hackworth is an avid 700Level reader (he should be).
Well, as it turns out, the idea is nearly dead anyway.
Mar 18, 2013, 12:12 PM EST
The Philadelphia Union’s Freddy Adu saga could finally come to an end this week. The Union reportedly have a deal in place to send Adu to Brazil in return for World Cup-winning midfielder Kleberson, this according to Soccer By Ives and other reports out of Brazil.
Mar 16, 2013, 1:24 PM EST
What is the main job of a coach or manager?
After the obvious answer of “winning,” the right answer is some variation of “getting the best out of his players.”
In soccer, that means getting your best players on the field for the maximum amount of time in a formation that suits them.
Mar 15, 2013, 11:42 AM EST
Any coach or manager not looking to get fired would be as hands-off as possible with a player on a hot streak (or in nerdy British soccer terms: a “rich vein of form”).
I’m here to argue the exact opposite.
Mar 14, 2013, 9:15 PM EST
Longtime Philadelphia sports fans and soccer heads alike are surely familiar with Heather Mitts. The former know her first as the wife of former Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley while the latter know her for scoring goals and winning gold medals on the pitch. Mitts will be joining the Union’s television broadcasts as a pregame and sideline reporter this season. She’ll also have a role as a soccer ambassador.
Mar 9, 2013, 10:05 AM EST
The Union’s newest striker spent most of last week’s home opener trying to stay warm on the bench at PPL Park. When he came on in the 84th minute, the Union were already down two goals and the home crowd was cold and restless. So Conor Casey threw his weight around a bit. The 31-year-old…
Mar 5, 2013, 10:58 AM EST
Plenty of media outlets and Union blogs will offer their take on games this season immediately after the final whistle. With that in mind – as well as a job that leaves me working nights and a 15-month-old baby at home who makes it hard to do anything not on his schedule – we’re trying something a…
Mar 2, 2013, 12:05 PM EST
More than any team in this town, aside from probably the Eagles, Union games have become an all-out event for most fans. There is very little “going to the game.” By that I mean the guy who says, “Eh, I’m going to the game,” then heads out the door, parks his car and finds his…
Mar 1, 2013, 8:32 AM EST
Apparently it’s become a thing to download your Twitter archive, just to see how stupid you sounded when you first created your account. My first few tweets were boring replies to the likes of Grant Wahl and Bill Simmons. My first “real” tweet was, not surprisingly, Union-related. March 25, 2010: @smoore1117: Counting down to @Union2010 season…
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