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  1. “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…

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

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. Is Union midfielder Michael Farfan bound for Mexico? Es posible

    Dec 20, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Michael Farfan, Brandon McDonald

    According to a post (in Spanish) on ESPNFC.com, Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan was one of three Major League Soccer players who took physicals today with Cruz Azul, one of the top teams in Liga MX, the Mexican professional league. (If you use Google Chrome, you can translate it into English and make it slightly…

  5. MLS players coming and going while Union sit by and watch

    Dec 18, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

    "I'll take TWO (new left backs?)," says Union manager John Hackworth.

    So, this is the first Philadelphia Union post in a while. Have I decided to stop writing about the Union for The Level? No. Am I too busy dealing with a 2-year-old and a pregnant wife to write about the Union? Well … yes .. but, no. All has been quiet on the Union front because…

  6. Union’s motto entering final weekend of regular season: ‘So you’re telling us there’s a chance’

    Oct 25, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

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    How do you know your team’s playoff chances aren’t particularly good? Here’s one way: a couple of days before the final game of the regular season, Union manager John Hackworth quoted that scene from “Dumb and Dumber” when Lloyd Christmas asks Mary Swanson (aka Samsonite) what the chances are that a girl like him could…

  7. Philadelphia Union midfielder among the Mexican soccer fans that love Estados Unidos ‘forever and ever’

    Oct 16, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Terrence Boyd, Felipe Baloy

    In what might have been the most dramatic US soccer moment since this, the Americans scored two stoppage-time goals to stun Panama 3-2 in the final game of World Cup qualifying last night. The drama, though, wasn’t concerning the US, which had already secured a World Cup berth and was fielding a lineup of mostly…

  8. John Hackworth’s response to Chip Kelly being called longest-tenured head coach in Philly: ‘It does piss me off’

    Oct 9, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

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

    Hey, have you heard Chip Kelly is the longest-tenured head coach in Philly?? Of course you have! Everybody, including major national sports outlets, was spouting out that “fact” on Monday after the Flyers fired Peter Laviolette. Of course, there are some problems with it. In breathless attempts to get their Tweets out, a lot of…

  9. Kleberson (?!?!?) saves Union season with an unreal free kick (UPDATED with lots of video)

    Oct 5, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

    The Union’s forgotten midfielder — and expensive bench-warmer — Jose Kleberson came on in injury time Saturday night. With the Union down a man, Kleberson hit a free kick that somehow went up over the wall, down, and fell inside the post. PPL Park went ballistic and the Union kept their playoff hopes alive. The…

  10. Home expectations — and Hackworth’s need to meet them — harming the Union

    Oct 2, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Lahoud (13), defender Fabinho (33), midfielder Michael Farfan (21) and forward Conor Casey (6) try to block a free kick during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Sporting KC in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Homefield advantage is one of the most popular talking points in any sport. In many of those sports, there is a tangible advantage to being the home team. Home baseball teams get to hit last and can even alter their stadiums to suit their strengths. Home hockey teams get to make the last line change…

  11. Why Union fans are frustrated: It’s not (all) about the losing

    Sep 27, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Roger Torres, Chris Birchall

    We haven’t had a ton about the Union here on the Level in the last two weeks. Partly because the team had a bye last week and partly because my friend and fellow contributor Dave Zeitlin had a baby last week (congrats, Dave!). There is another reason, however, and it’s related to the one word…

  12. John Hackworth Thinks the Union Deserve More Respect; What Do You Think?

    Jun 21, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

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

    CHESTER, Pa. – For the second time in the past month or so, Philadelphia Union manager John Hackworth did his best Rodney Dangerfield impression and talked about not getting enough respect. He said it the first time before hosting the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 15, before the Union dropped a 4-1 decision to Landon…