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Come To Our Live Podcast with I Do And I Will on Wednesday, April 11 at Philly’s #1 Gastro Pub

JoyOnBroad - April 6, 2018

If you’ve been listening to Crossing Broadcast the past few weeks, you’ll already know about our newest sponsor, “I Do & I Will”. Next Wednesday, April 11th at 7PM, we’ll be hosting a live show at 6 Feet Under Gastropub featuring some of the guys who write for the site and host shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network.

“I Do & I Will” is a local company that helps you save a boatload of money on your wedding and honeymoon.

The average cost for a wedding in the Philadelphia region is over $40,000, so let “I Do & I Will” help you find a way to alleviate some of that financial burden.

If you come out Wednesday night at 7pm to the LIVE PODCAST, you’ll get to meet Richard Suplee, a St. Joe’s Grad, who created a brand that has forged powerful partnerships with popular companies you or your partner know like Vera Wang, South West Airlines, Sephora, Brooks Brothers, and many more. Need another reason to come out? Richard has promised us a pretty cool giveaway at the show. All you have to do is head to 6 Feet Under Gastropub on Wednesday night. You can also enter to win a free honeymoon, which will be given out to one lucky winner this July.

Additionally, if you and your significant other are looking for major ideas on how to make your wedding a major success, “I Do & I Will” are attending the Pennsylvania Bridal & Wedding Expo on Sunday, April 15th, 2018, at the Valley Forge Casino and Resort, in King of Prussia from 12pm to 5pm. If you’re looking to earn some points with your significant other, head on out to the Expo on the 15th and sneak away to the casino floor. Of course, stop by the “I Do & I Will” booth to register for some major savings!

Kyle, the writers, and I hope to see you Wednesday at 7pm at 6 Feet Under for an awesome show, some incredible pub food, craft beers, and cocktails.

If you want to register for that free honeymoon, make sure you visit “I Do & I Will” on their Facebook page.

Crossing Broadcast: The Final Stretch and CrossingBroad Bowl

JoyOnBroad - March 23, 2018

Kyle and Russ are joined by Crossing Broad’s Sixers beat writer Kevin Kinkead to discuss:

  • the Sixers’ wins over Memphis and Orlando
  • the preferred playoff matchup (4:00)
  • not playing down to their opponents (7:00)
  • resting Embiid down the stretch (9:00)
  • reviewing the pod and site’s preseason win predictions (10:30)
  • CrossingBroad Bowl: WVU vs. NOVA (14:00)
  • Kevin’s WVU Breakdown (19:30)
  • breaking down the rest of the bracket (25:00)
  • Bob Ford’s speculation on Jay Wright’s future (27:00)
  • quick hits on Mike Wallace signing with the Eagles and Jake Arrieta’s Spring Training debut (35:00)

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Glass Half Full? Some Early Union Observations

Kevin Kinkead - March 21, 2018

It’s been a really sleepy start to the Union season.

Three games in five weeks makes it hard to generate any kind of continuity or buzz, especially during a combination Sixers and Flyers playoff push. It also doesn’t exactly help when the first two matches feature an early sending off and a snoozer of a scoreless draw.

The glass half full approach would center on the idea that the Union haven’t allowed a goal through 180 minutes, about 120 of which were played at full strength. The glass half empty bemoans the fact that the team hasn’t scored an even-strength goal in 2018.

But if you know anything about Jim Curtin, he’ll take a nil-nil over a 3-3 any day of the week, and starting the season with four points out of six is a lot better than starting with four points out of 24, which is what the Union mustered last year en route to a diabolical 0-4-4 start. It took them two whole months to get to 7 points last year.

I don’t put much value in the season opener, simply for the fact that New England took a horrendous red card in the first half and spent the rest of the game defending a Union onslaught. Philly won 2-0 in comfortable fashion, a nice game to ease in a young defense and a couple of homegrown players making their first MLS starts. There are worse ways to get Auston Trusty and Anthony Fontana acclimated to the senior team.

The second game gives us more to work with, a matchup against a well-coached and organized Columbus team. Philly only generated 3 on-target shots from 9 total looks, but generally limited Columbus while keeping a decent defensive shape at home. I thought Gyasi Zardes should have buried one of his chances, but he didn’t.

The Union handed Borek Dockal his MLS debut, and he just wasn’t clicking with his teammates out there, putting up these numbers:

  • 2 off-target shots
  • 0 key passes
  • 31/38 passing overall (81.5%)
  • 1 unsuccessful cross
  • 1 time dispossessed

His passing numbers look okay, but there wasn’t much incisive distribution. He completed 7 of 8 inside the final third, but most were right on the edge of the area with Columbus sitting in their blocks and staying compact. I did, however, appreciate his active body language and post game press conference. Guy seems like a winner, like someone who actually cares, which is more than you can say about some of the duds who have played for past Union squads.

The one thing that jumped out at me was that Dockal tended to pop up on the right side of the field in the same area that Alejandro Bedoya likes to operate from. When you look at each team’s 8/10 heatmap combination, Columbus was a little more balanced, spacing a bit better and getting almost 40 more touches on the ball:

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Crossing Broadcast: Madness, Turning it Around, Betting on Meatballs

JoyOnBroad - March 19, 2018

Kyle and Russ discuss Villanova’s NCAA run thus far, UMBC’s upset of UVA (6:30), Nova’s Big East Tournament run (8:30), the Big East (11:00), future draft potential (14:00), Ryan Arcidiacono vs. Donte DiVincenzo (18:30), previewing the rest of the tournament (26:30), a recap of the Sixers, Flyers, and Union (28:00), and Joel Embiid throwing down money on meatballs (31:00).

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Announcements, Acquisitions, and Madness

JoyOnBroad - March 12, 2018

*The show leads off with a MASSIVE announcement that will change how you listen to sports talk.*

Kyle and Russ are joined by Crossing Broad writer Bob Wankel to talk about:

  • the massive year in Philly sports (10:00)
  • the Phillies’ signing of Jake Arrieta (12:15)
  • Arrieta isn’t Lee/Halladay (21:00)
  • the reason it took Arrieta so long to sign (25:00)
  • the Phillies’ 2019 payroll (36:00)
  • Kyle’s favorite baseball writer/newsletter (40:00)
  • the NCAA Selection Show (1:01:00)
  • Nova’s bracket (1:04:00)
  • a quick Sixers recap (1:08:30)
  • a terrible New York Times piece on Fultz (1:09:30)
  • the league’s hate for the Sixers/Hinkie (1:14:00)
  • why people are still talking about trading Nick Foles (1:21:00)

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Crossing Broadcast: A Difference of Opinion, Renovation, Compensation

JoyOnBroad - March 6, 2018

Kyle, Russ, and Crossing Broad’s Sixers beat reporter Kevin Kinkead discuss the Sixers’ collapse in Milwaukee, the Crossing Broad Slack meltdown (5:30), Brett Brown’s coaching philosophy and turnover issues (13:30), Ben Simmons’ end-of-game decision making (15:50), the Sixers’ inability to stop the opponents’ momentum (29:30), the reported renovation of Wells Fargo Center (30:30), ranking the Philadelphia pro arenas/stadiums (50:30), the Eagles fielding offers for Nick Foles (1:03:00), iTunes reviews (1:31:00), rivalries and dynamics between the CB crew (1:33:30).

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The Union Finally Filled their Biggest Roster Hole

Kevin Kinkead - February 28, 2018

If this were Jeopardy, we’d frame the issue like this:

Alex Trebek: Production at this position has eluded the Philadelphia Union since the departure of Tranquillo Barnetta in 2016. 

Contestant: What is attacking midfielder?

Alex Trebek: Please be more specific.

Contestant: Uh.. what is the #10 position in a 4-2-3-1 formation?

Alex Trebek: That’s correct!

Contestant: Ok. I’ll take Major League Soccer for $800, thank you. 

It took awhile, but it looks like the Union finally have an experienced and legitimate #10 heading into Saturday’s season opener.

29-year-old Bořek Dočkal was officially added as a designated player this morning, on loan from Henan Jianye in the Chinese league. He’s a Czech Republic international with a ton of experience playing European football, as I wrote about awhile back.

The simplest of takes is that this guy theoretically fills a void that could not be covered by:

  1. Alejandro Bedoya, who simply is not a #10. He said so himself after the Union tried using him in that spot to begin the 2017 campaign
  2. Roland Alberg, who was a volume goal scorer and more of a withdrawn/second striker, a guy whose desire and attitude did not seem to match his high level of natural talent and skill
  3. Ilsinho, who was a a lifelong winger and lacked the finishing touch to be more than a serviceable CAM
  4. Fabian Herbers, who I kind of liked as a #10 in a few games back in 2016… before he went back to the wing, then got hurt
  5. Adam Najem, who will get some minutes there this year but isn’t ready quite yet. He’ll continue to learn the position and grow into a legit MLS player alongside fellow homegrown Anthony Fontana

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The Union Made a Blockbuster Trade

Kevin Kinkead - January 19, 2018

Look at the Philadelphia Union sneaking into the spotlight.

The MLS Draft took place today in Center City, but with a total of zero early round picks, the Union instead pulled off a huge trade, acquiring 27-year-old winger David Accam from the Chicago Fire for $1.2 million in allocation money.

I’ll explain “allocation money” in a minute.

Accam is a speedy attacker who put up a career-high 14 goals and 8 assists last year. He’s played three MLS seasons and was heading into the final year of his Chicago contract. I’d assume, hopefully, that the Union wouldn’t spend $1.2 mill on a guy who might not re-sign. Accam had recently been going back and forth with the Fire front office over his contract situation, which might have precipitated their decision to move him. He’s a designated player who made a $750,000 base salary last season.

He’s worth that salary because he can do stuff like this:

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