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The Union Signed a Forward

Kevin Kinkead - December 14, 2018

24-year-old Brazilian Sergio Santos comes to us from Audax Italiano in the Chilean League. He’s swapping Chile for Chester.

The rumor popped up a few weeks ago on Twitter, with Santos apparently breaking the news on a radio station down there. He also had interest from Mexican side Necaxa but preferred to play in MLS.

I don’t know much about the guy. He scored ten goals for Audax across all competitions last season and Transfermarkt has him listed as a left-footed center forward who can also play as a left winger and second striker.

Here’s a blurb from the Union website:

Santos boasts speed and strength, and it’s the directness of his game that should prove to be a good fit in the Union’s transition-oriented system next year. The 181 pound Brazilian is a mismatch for fullbacks with his size, and he presents huge problems for center backs with his speed. In short, he has shown the kind of raw ability that can make him a versatile option up front for the Union as they seek to flexibly adapt their tactics throughout the 2019 season.

6’0″, 181 is pretty solid. That’s the type of build for a tweener forward who can play up top but also do some damage on the wing or play in a pressing system. Houston’s Alberth Elis I think is a good comparison in the size and weight department.

Sporting Director Ernst Tanner spoke to the media today and said this, after the jump:

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Reports: Union to Move both C.J. Sapong and David Accam

Kevin Kinkead - December 6, 2018

Both of these reports come from a foreign outlet that I’m not too familiar with, so there’s your disclaimer.

Ghana Soccer Net says the Union are set to move both David Accam and C.J. Sapong.

From the article on Accam, who the club traded for less than a year ago:

FC Cincinnati, who begin their MLS play in 2019 as a club in the Eastern Conference, have targeted the Ghana international.

Accam, 28, has been identified as one of five current players in the Major Soccer League to help shape the core of their inaugural roster and could be selected during the Expansion Draft, expected to be released on Monday, December 10.

FC Cincinnati will likely take the gamble and engage in a draft-trade with Philadelphia Union for his signature.

And here’s the relevant information from the Sapong story:

Major Soccer League side Philadelphia Union are likely to trade Charles Nana Kwabena Sarpong to FC Cincinnati in a major trade, GHANAsoccernet.com understands.

The 29-year-old is among three players including compatriot David Accam who are being considered for the draft-trade.

If there’s any truth to these stories, it sounds like the Union are going to pull a pre-draft deal that would send one player to Cincy on the condition that they select the other in expansion.

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Sports Betting Updates

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After an Unprofitable Season, Bettors Finally Win Big With Eagles

There’s really no way to sugarcoat it, the Eagles have been a bad bet this season. With a 5-9 overall record against the spread, the defending Super Bowl champs have been one of the NFL’s least profitable teams. Think they’ve been tough to root for this season? Try betting on them. The Eagles have disappointed in all situations: both on home and on the road, as a small and big favorite, and even as underdogs,

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It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia: “Why Always Me?” w/ Russ Joy and Phil Keidel

JoyOnBroad - December 3, 2018

Kevin is joined by Russ and Phil of Crossing Broad FC to discuss:

– Explaining the Mario Balotelli rumor and how it blew up
– Bethlehem Steel relocation
– Ernst Tanner’s transfer strategy
– your questions, comments, and concerns

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @Kevin_Kinkead @JoyOnBroad @PhilKeidel

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers Podcast, and Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports Podcast.
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A Mysterious Union Source With Accurate Information

Kevin Kinkead - November 28, 2018

Sources are strange.

Sometimes the most reliable people just disappear entirely. They get new jobs or their flow of information is cut off. Maybe a situation changes and there’s no reason to continue the knowledge trade. Somebody sniffs them out and they need to lay low for a bit.

Then someone else will pop up out of nowhere with relevant info and nail two or three things with 95% accuracy.

A few weeks ago, one of those folks showed up, sliding into my email with the following:

  1. Bethlehem Steel will leave Lehigh University next season
  2. Jim Curtin will be the head coach in 2019
  3. Ernst Tanner wants to scrap the 4-2-3-1 and play with two strikers

Sure enough, all three of those things came true. Tim McDermott announced the Steel move a few days later, Jim Curtin signed a one-year contract extension, and Tanner touched on the idea of two forwards while talking about the predictability of the 4-2-3-1 in his season-ending press conference.

Strange? Maybe.

Accurate? Pretty much.

I talked to the same person again on Tuesday, who offered up the following, after the jump:

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CBFC: A Manchester Beatdown, Financial Fair Play, Scudamore’s EPL Legacy, Solari Signs, Juve’s Surge, US Soccer’s Regression

JoyOnBroad - November 23, 2018

Phil and Russ break down the Manchester Derby, Manchester City being investigated for violating financial fair play, VAR coming to the EPL, Richard Scudamore’s EPL legacy, Messi’s return, Santiago Solari taking over at Real Madrid, Juventus’ swagger, and US Soccer reportedly turning down Julen Lopetegui.

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers Podcast, and It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia.

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Crossing Broadcast: The Saints Went Marching, Jimmy Butler Delivered, Middleton’s Money, Hak’s future

JoyOnBroad - November 19, 2018

The guys break down the Eagles’ historic loss to the Saints and the rest of the season. They then preview the Phillies’ off-season ahead, the Sixers’ play with Jimmy Butler, and the Flyers’ upcoming stretch of games. Finally, they look to answer the question: Are any of the city’s coaches elite?

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Crossing Broadcast: Jimmy Butler’s Debut, Fultz v. Hanlen, Losing to Dallas, A Job Posting Gone Wrong

JoyOnBroad - November 15, 2018

The guys break down Jimmy Butler’s much-anticipated debut for the Sixers, his fit with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and adjustments they’ll need to make. They also recap the drama surrounding Markelle Fultz and his now former trainer Drew Hanlen, the Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys, and a sportswriting job posting gone wrong.

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @Kevin_Kinkead @JoyOnBroad

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Forbes Values Philadelphia Union as a Bottom-Six MLS Franchise

Kevin Kinkead - November 14, 2018

I wrote a somewhat rambling and cathartic diatribe after the Union bowed out of the playoffs with a feckless 3-1 loss in Yankee Stadium a few weeks back.

The crux of the story was how a major market team continues to perform like a small market team, and that just so happens to be the theme in a Forbes story published today that values Jay Sugarman’s franchise at 175 million dollars.

That sounds like a lot of money, especially considering the fact that Sugarman paid somewhere around 20 to 25 million dollars as an expansion fee when the team began playing back in 2010. That fee is now up to $150 million, so the value of the Union has grown by something like 500% just based on league-wide MLS expansion alone. Sugarman, the New York City businessman, could cash out now and make a very nice chunk of change on his investment.

The $175 million number places the Union in the bottom six in total MLS team value, ranked 18th of 23 franchises.

Here’s the top 12:

Philly is way down near the bottom, trailing traditional powerhouse sports markets like Portland, Orlando, and San Jose:

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