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What Can Union Fans Expect from Striker Andrew Wooten?

Kevin Kinkead - June 25, 2019

The Philadelphia Union sit atop Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference at the season’s midway point.

In years past, mid-table Union teams probably would have sat back, stood pat at the transfer window, and looked for winter reinforcements. This year, it was easy to justify a summer addition considering how well the squad is currently playing.

So in comes Andrew Wooten, a 29-year-old striker whose father was an American military member stationed in Germany. As such, he has dual citizenship – Germany through his mother and the United States via his father. That means he comes to the Union not requiring an international slot, nor did the team have to pay a transfer fee, since Wooten was out of contract with SV Sandhausen in the 2.Bundesliga.

For those reasons, it was a move that made a ton of sense right off the jump, and I didn’t even mention that the Union really could use a consistent goal-getter up top, since the scoring burden has been shared by numerous players this year.

I spoke with Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now, a previous guest on the “Always Soccer in Philadelphia” podcast and somebody who has followed Wooten’s career for a long time now.

Here’s our conversation:

Brian Sciaretta: I think it’s a very good pickup; you know what’s interesting about Andrew when you look at his career, generally he’s been playing for bad teams but still scoring goals. He’s been safe at Sandhausen and his year at FSV Frankfurt, but generally he’s been in relegation fights throughout his career. He made his debut actually in the Bundesliga for Kaiserslautern when they were in a relegation fight, which was unsuccessful. When I spoke to him last, which was at the end of last season, you kind of got the sense that he wanted to play for a winner in the worst way, that he wanted to play for silverware. He always wanted to come home and play in the States. I think a chance to go to a team where he can play and be part of a winner checks a lot of boxes and I think he’s going to heavily motivated to show his stuff here.

Crossing Broad: It’s kind of crazy to me, actually I need a minute to process the fact that someone would want to come play for a winner, and that winner would be Philadelphia Union… But in a way you don’t need any coaxing I guess, it’s easier to justify this signing or go up the chain and tell Jay Sugarman, ‘hey we’re in 1st place, let’s go for it here.’

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Levante Brewing Shouts Out Philly Athletes With a New IPA

Kevin Kinkead - June 21, 2019

This is cool.

Levante Brewing out in West Chester has a new collaboration IPA called “Phrequently Phly,” and the cans feature the colors and jersey numbers of local teams and athletes:

Chase Utley, you are the man!

Here’s the description of the brew, after the jump:

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The Union’s Mascot Got on Stage with The Wu-Tang Clan

Kevin Kinkead - June 18, 2019

Shaolin shadowboxing, and the Wu-Tang sword style..
If what you say is true, 
The Shaolin and the Wu-Tang could be dangerous…
Do you think your Wu-Tang sword can defeat me?

This could be the most ambitious crossover event in the history of Philadelphia sports. Here’s Union mascot Phang joining the Wu on stage in Atlantic City:

 

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Phang out there livin’ his best life last night 👀 @wutangclan ✖️ Wu Phang #DOOP | @philaunionphang

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The saga continues, Wu Phang, Wu Phang

Olympic torch flaming, we burn so sweet
The thrill of victory, the agony, defeat
We crush slow, flaming deluxe slow
For, judgment day cometh, conquer, it’s war

More after the jump:

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Crossing Broadcast: The Voice of the Philadelphia Fan

Russ Joy - June 13, 2019

Kevin and Russ hit on a myriad of topics including:

  • Whether the Blues’ Stanley Cup win should encourage the Flyers
  • The controversy surrounding the USWNT celebrating a 13-0 victory
  • If Malcolm Jenkins is doing the right thing
  • The Carson Wentz extension
  • Inside the Crossing Broad office
  • Sports betting update
  • Angelo Cataldi claiming he speaks for the Philadelphia fanbase
  • The first place Philadelphia Union

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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, Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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Taking a Moment to Appreciate Ilsinho’s Outrageous Individual Weekend Performance

Kevin Kinkead - June 10, 2019

It’s June 10th and the Philadelphia Union are in 1st place at the top of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.

After pulling just two of nine points from a recent three-game home stand, Jim Curtin’s team rebounded by ripping off a pair of 3-2 wins in games where they honestly did not even play that well. That’s the sign of a good team, isn’t it? You find ways to win when you’re not totally clicking, and a lot of that can be credited to 33-year-old Brazilian winger Ilsinho, now in his fourth season with the team.

Ilsinho already held the title of “most skilled Union player of all time,” even before he broke out this year as a super sub and one-man wrecking crew. Saturday night the Union were losing 2-0 at halftime, he entered the game in the 53rd minute, and then went on to bag two goals and an assist in just 37 minutes on the field. It was one of the best individual Union performances I’ve ever seen, definitely right up there with the Roland Alberg and Sebastien Le Toux hat tricks and Freddy Adu’s first half against Red Bull more than six years ago.

Ilsinho is now up to 5 assists and 4 goals in just 551 minutes of play, having started just four games while coming off the bench in the other ten.

As such, we focus on his assists per-90 minutes and goals per-90 minutes, which look something like this:

  • A/p90 – 0.82
  • G/p90 – 0.65

That A/p90 number is #1 in Major League Soccer among players that have logged at least 500 minutes. Most other assist providers aren’t even close. For context, NYC’s Maxi Moralez is second with a 0.78 and the league-leader in total assists, Carlos Vela, has a 0.63 number. That math looks something like this, after the jump:

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Union Promo Video Shows Guy Obliterating New York Red Bulls Car

Kevin Kinkead - June 4, 2019

It’s June 4th and your team, your town, your Philadelphia Union are atop the Eastern Conference.

I know, I can’t believe it either, but they’ve been great this year, really fun to watch, a gritty, BLUE COLLAR type of Philly team.

The video and marketing department is also on their game. Here’s a well-done piece of #content promoting this weekend’s Union/Red Bull “rivalry” game, a clip showing some guy beating the shit out of car in Center City as confused folks watch from afar:

The “guy” is Ed Bassmaster, who I’d never heard of until actually reading the video description, but apparently he’s a Youtube star and Philly native.

On his Wikipedia page, I learned that one of his characters is named “Girard Douche,” which made me laugh out loud. I’d hope that “Girard Douche” stands near the EL at Frankford and Girard and crosses the street at red lights.

Edit:

I watched a few videos and unfortunately “Girard Douche” has nothing to do with Girard Avenue.

Five Thoughts on Your Second Place* Philadelphia Union

Kevin Kinkead - May 30, 2019

It feels like every time the Union start stringing some wins together, they sputter and spin out.

It happened last year, when the club won a franchise-record 15 games, yet blew another U.S. Open Cup Final before crashing out in the opening round of the playoffs. All of the goodwill that squad built up quickly went right into the toilet, which was unfortunate.

The 2019 team is going through one of those stretches right now, having mustered just two of a possible nine points in a three-game home stand against Western Conference opponents. Seattle bunkered and held on for a clean sheet. Portland carved open the U on a pair of counterattacks, and Colorado blocked double-digit shots last night at Talen Energy Stadium in a 1-1 draw.

In that span, Jim Curtin’s team scored two goals on 64 total shots, which is kind of crazy to think about. It’s not for a lack of trying, but they just can’t put the ball in the back of the net right now.

They’re still in second place* in the East, though I’m a points-per-game guy, and the reason I use the asterisk is because the Union’s 1.67 number is better than D.C.’s 1.63. However, there’s now just four points separating second and fifth place, which makes me feel like this little slump is gonna come back to bite them in the ass in a few months time.

Five thoughts, after the jump:

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It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia: “Who Doesn’t Love a Good IPA?” w/ Russ Joy

Russ Joy - May 29, 2019

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

– Union vs Portland and Seattle
– How to break down a bunkering team
– Cause for concern?
– Blown opportunities in front of good crowds
– Live podcast announcement
– Russ impersonates Trump, Kevin does a terrible Bernie Sanders
– Office Space “Lumberg” sound drops
– IPA and boardwalk pizza talk
– Your questions, comments, concerns

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes/Apple Podcasts] [Spotify] [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: 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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