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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. “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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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

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    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Just Mayor Michael Nutter in London giving Tony Blair a Philadelphia Union jersey

    Nov 6, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

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    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has been spending some time in London this week in an attempt to get some British businesses to think of Philly when looking for cities to work in in the future. He also apparently saw some bridges and towers and princes and whatnot, and maybe attempted to drum up some tourism…

  11. Three big misses the Union will regret if they miss the playoffs

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    MLS: Philadelphia Union at Real Salt Lake

    From afar, if you simply looked at this year’s standings with two games to go and last year’s standings, you’d call this season a success for the Union, whether they make the playoffs or not (this cool graphic shows the Union’s form this season). The team already has 10 more points than it earned all…

  12. Breaking down the play that kept Union in playoff hunt — no, not the Kleberson goal

    Oct 11, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Lost in the Kleberson-induced euphoria of last week’s win over Toronto FC was a play less than 10 minutes earlier. A play that could be the defining moment of the Union’s season, should they find a spot in the playoffs. With nine Union players pushed forward for a Sebastien Le Toux corner kick in the…

  13. 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…

  14. FIFA14 and Union vs. Toronto FC: Surprisingly realistic

    Oct 4, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Conor Casey rips a shot (he missed).

    Because I have no idea what to expect from the Union these days, and because Toronto FC is so horrible and nondescript that I know very little about them, I decided to see how Saturday’s game at PPL Park (7:30 p.m., Comcast Network) would go in a FIFA 14 simulation. As it turns out —…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Here’s the play that really screwed the Union on Saturday night

    Sep 16, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

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    I spent a lot of time at sporting events over the weekend and no other play left me scratching my head more than the goal from the Philadelphia Union that was later whistled away. But what happened on Keon Daniel’s free kick that landed in the back of the net but was never counted as…

  18. Down the Stretch They Come: What the Union Need to Do to Make Waves in MLS

    Aug 23, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jack McInerney

    With just one game a week (usually) and 34 games to play, it seems like the Major League Soccer season goes on forever. But, if you can believe it, the Union have just nine games left before playoff positioning is decided. And the Union are right in the thick of that chase, and are even…

  19. Sebastien Le Toux — The Perfect Major League Soccer Player

    Aug 13, 2013, 9:38 AM EDT

    Sebastien Le Toux

    Before being selected by the Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft, Sebastien Le Toux was an MLS also-ran. His biggest claim to fame at the point was that he was the first-ever player signed by the Seattle Sounders. Now, he’s a fan favorite, an integral part of a team on an upward path, and…

  20. 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.…

  21. The Strangest Union Goal Ever: An (Indirect) Explanation

    Jul 18, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

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    One of the best things about going to Union games the last three-plus years has been meeting lots of great people who DIDN’T grow up around the game. There are plenty of people — including my semi-regular tailgate crew (I promise to get down there early again sometime soon, guys) — who don’t wake up…

  22. Conor Casey a Rare Philly Phenomenon — A Player Who Is Far Exceeding Expectations

    Jul 17, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    SOC - Dynamo vs Phildelphia

    Hey, it’s been a while. I’m Steve, and I like soccer. Pleased to meet you. Seriously though, apologies for the lack of posts the last few weeks. Real work got in the way (you thought blogging was a real job?), but hopefully things have settled down and we can get back in the groove. I’ve…

  23. 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…

  24. Sheanon Williams scores beautiful goal that lands him on SportsCenter, decides random fan deserves a hug

    Jun 6, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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    If you watch the video above, you’ll not only see Sheanon Williams score a sensational goal last night but you’ll also see the Union defender make a beeline to the stands to share a warm embrace with one or two very excited fans. Seems like that must have been an emotional moment for Williams, getting…

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