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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Mar 7, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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

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    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…

  5. 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…

  6. Circle your calendar — the Union’s 2014 schedule is out and it’s home-heavy late

    Nov 25, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    The Union will open 2014 in front of little Owen Dell, here wearing ear muffs before Sunday's game against Real Salt Lake, and the Portland Timbers. (Photo USA TODAY Sports)

    It’s been a while since we discussed Union soccer here at the Level. That’s largely because there wasn’t much to talk about after the team collapsed down the stretch and missed out on the playoffs (Real Salt Lake will play for MLS Cup at Sporting KC on Dec. 7, in case you were curious). And…

  7. MATCHDAY: Jack Mac is Back as Union Host Portland Tonight

    Jul 20, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

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    That guy over there is Timber Joey. He is — quite literally — the Portland Timbers’ mascot. He stands in front of the supporters section at home games and slices off a piece of that huge log for every Portland goal. Timbers fans then toast him with organic fermented tofu beer made with non-flourinated water.…