Posts for Union Category

Crossing Broad FC: The Real Threepeat, Moving Managers, Questionable Calls

JoyOnBroad - June 3, 2018

Phil and Russ discuss:

  • Champions League Final recap (0:30)
  • Sergio Ramos’ tackle on Salah (3:30)
  • Loris Karius’ blunders (6:30)
  • Russ’ prophecy came true (10:30)
  • Ronaldo and Bale make questionable comments (14:30)
  • Should Real Madrid sell CR7 and Bale? (16:30)
  • Possible replacements for Zidane at Real Madrid (25:30)
  • Could Jürgen Klopp leave Liverpool? (29:00)
  • Fulham’s promotion (39:00)
  • Lewandowski wants out of Bayern (44:00)
  • USMNT friendlies (46:00)
  • Mexico’s disappointing result vs. Scotland (50:00)
  • Terrible officiating in Atlanta United v. Philadelphia Union (1:00:00)

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It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia: Sebastien Le Toux

Kevin Kinkead - June 2, 2018

I needed to bring in a special guest for episode #50 of the podcast, so I reached out to Union legend Sebastien Le Toux, who was good enough to share some of his time.

Le Toux is the franchise’s all-time leading goal scorer and assist provider and recently signed a ceremonial contract to retire as a Philadelphia player. He became the first person to enter the club’s “Ring of Honor” and is a member of Major League Soccer’s exclusive 50/50 club, a group of just 19 players who reached 50 goals and 50 assists during the course of their MLS careers.

We talked about literally everything on the podcast, from Le Toux’s Philly start as an expansion draft selection to his strengths and weaknesses as a player and his favorite goals and teammates to play alongside.

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Crossing Broadcast: Interviews, Internet, Water Slides

JoyOnBroad - May 22, 2018

Kyle and Russ discuss:

  • Our schedule (0:00)
  • Getting interviewed (6:00)
  • Xfinity vs. Fios (16:00)
  • Phillies Ticket Giveaway from AmeriGas (21:00)
  • WWE deal with FOX (27:00)
  • Michael Rubin and Joel Embiid (31:00)
  • Bob Ford on “building organically” (42:00)
  • BOS/CLE vs. GS/HOU (49:00)

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The Philadelphia Union Are Doing What They Normally Do

Kevin Kinkead - May 21, 2018

It feels like the 2018 Union season is a carbon copy of 2017, which went something like this:

  1. horrible start
  2. fans become disinterested
  3. make a few changes to the starting XI
  4. win some games in late May and early June
  5. head above water, treading the playoff line
  6. ultimately fall apart in September and October

Right now we’re at bullet point #4, with the Union winning in Montreal and blasting Real Salt Lake in consecutive weeks.

There are a million reasons to be negative about this franchise based on recent months/seasons/years, but I’ll give credit where it’s due – they looked really good on Saturday night. The offense was clicking, the personnel changes were refreshing, and Borek Dockal looked like a $1.7 million playmaker.

Head coach Jim Curtin has apparently been annoyed with the criticism of the franchise’s record signing:

And that’s fine if he feels that way.

I think everybody understood that Dockal came into preseason incredibly late and needed time to adjust to a new team, new league, and new country. There was always going to be transitional period; fans just hoped that he would figure it out sooner than game 11 of a 34-game season, because we’ve seen what happens when this team starts slow and plays from behind for two-thirds of the campaign. The Union have had past issues with late transfer window acquisitions, which forces players to adapt on the fly. Some guys figure it out rather quickly, like Vince Nogueira and Ilsinho, while the likes of Fernando Aristeguieta, Steven Vitoria, and now Dockal need time to get going (or never really get going at all). I think we as sports fans and writers constantly downplay the importance of a full offseason. Maybe it’s on Earnie Stewart and Chris Albright to get these deals done sooner.

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Crossing Broad FC: Clinching the League, Moving On, Getting Relegated

JoyOnBroad - May 16, 2018

Phil and Russ discuss:

  • Manchester City clinches a 100 point season (0:00)
  • Barcelona’s unbeaten streak ends (2:30)
  • El Clásico (10:00)
  • Gareth Bale’s resurgence (14:30)
  • Neymar to Real Madrid? (18:30)
  • Ronaldo’s ego (24:00)
  • Juventus clinches their 7th straight Scudetto (28:00)
  • European Super League? (30:00)
  • City and United finish Top 2 (35:00)
  • EPL roundup (38:30)
  • Managerial questions (40:00)
  • English Championship playoffs (43:00)
  • Bundesliga’s 3rd/4th/5th deadlock (48:30)
  • Hamburg’s relegation and implications (51:00)
  • Wayne Rooney to DC United (1:00:00)
  • Bruce Arena (1:05:00)
  • iTunes review (1:07:30)

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Sources: Sebastien Le Toux will Retire as a Union Player

Kevin Kinkead - May 2, 2018

He scored the first goal in Philadelphia Union history and would go on to score boatloads more.

Sebastien Le Toux will sign a one-day ceremonial contract to retire as a Union player, sources told Crossing Broad on Wednesday. A press conference is expected to take place later this month.

The 34-year-old Frenchman had two separate stints in Chester and is the most accomplished player in the franchise’s short history. He scored 50 regular season goals, one playoff goal, and five U.S. Open Cup goals. He also bagged 50 assists, playing sometimes as a forward and sometimes on the right wing under three different managers.

Le Toux was Philadelphia’s first All-Star and first double-digit goal scorer. He remains the franchise leader in the following categories:

  • games played (175)
  • goals (56 in all competitions)
  • assists (50+)
  • shots (320)
  • shots on goal (144)

Le Toux bagged a hat trick in the Union’s very first home game, a 3-2 win against D.C. United back in April of 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field.

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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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