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Union Captain Sees More Benefit in Regional Play vs. “Luxurious Prison” in Orlando

Kevin Kinkead - May 20, 2020

Union captain Alejandro Bedoya went on Taylor Twellman’s ESPN show to talk about a return to play for MLS.

Right now players are allowed to train on an individual basis, which the Union began doing down at the Sixers’ Fieldhouse in Wilmington this week. They’re unable to train in Chester because of restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania authorities.

As for the idea of playing in a centralized Orlando location, Bedoya seemed not entirely interested in that, via this quote transcribed by my main man Joe Tansey:

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Union Players Can Use Outdoor Practice Fields Beginning Next Week

Kevin Kinkead - May 1, 2020

MLS was two weeks into the 2020 season before pausing for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, the league announced that it’s easing restrictions on training, and will allow players to use outdoor fields for individual workouts beginning next Wednesday, May 6th. They will not, however, be allowed to use indoor facilities, like the weight room or pool, unless they are specifically undergoing supervised injury rehab.

These are the rules teams still need to follow:

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50 Hot Takes for the Philadelphia Sports Fan: Self-Isolation Edition

Kevin Kinkead - April 14, 2020

I’d like to personally thank everybody who read our recent column, “50 Hot Takes for the Philadelphia Sports Fan: Special Guest Edition.” We had the likes of Ducis Rodgers and Bob Ford dropping some the hottest takes on this side of the Mississippi River. We’re talking ghost pepper levels of heat here.

As you know, life has come to a grinding halt in recent weeks, but we shouldn’t let a global pandemic change who we are as Americans. The takes must continue, and as such, I’ve come up with 50 more items that you’ll likely agree with. If you disagree, you’re wrong.

50 hot takes, self-isolation edition:

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Grant Wahl Was Fired

Kevin Kinkead - April 10, 2020

Per him:

Grant was one of the bigger/biggest names at Sports Illustrated. He’d been covering international and domestic soccer for the publication for a very long time.

As you know, SI was sold a while back and is now operated by a group called Maven, which axed a ton of the staff last year, then laid off more people when the COVID-19 crisis began. Wahl had been openly critical of these decisions and posted some stories on Instagram recently which were archived by the folks over at Awful Announcing:

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The MLS Season is Now Suspended

Kevin Kinkead - March 12, 2020

Couple of reports here:

The Philadelphia Union home opener was scheduled for Saturday night. We’re only three weeks in, so it’s easier for MLS to postpone and move the season back, whereas the NBA has playoffs right around the corner.

All of this suggests to me that hockey and baseball will similarly be suspended. It’s inevitable, isn’t it? We’ll probably get announcements at some point later today. I think MLB holds out the longest and then Rob Manfred eventually gives in.

Coronavirus: North American Sports Leagues to Bar Media from Locker Room

Kevin Kinkead - March 10, 2020

No locker room access for the media. Kyle successfully mongered enough fear into the hearts of North American sports executives that we are now barred from entry.

This seemed inevitable, and Monday night the NHL, NBA, MLS, and MLB issued a joint statement explaining that reporters would be kept out of the locker room while media availability is set up elsewhere in the Wells Fargo Center/Citizens Bank Park/Subaru Park/etc:

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Jakob Glesnes Scored a Ridiculous Goal of the Year Candidate for the Union

Kevin Kinkead - March 9, 2020

This nationally televised game didn’t start until 11 p.m. eastern for whatever the hell reason (west coast biast), so you had to stay up late to watch the Union’s Jakob Glesnes hit an absolute rocket in a wild 3-3 draw:

Screamer.

FYI, this guy is a defender. They don’t score goals like this.

Former Philadelphia Union Player Murdered in Colombia

Kevin Kinkead - March 5, 2020

Juan Diego Gonzalez was a Philadelphia Union original who played seven games for the team during their inaugural 2010 season.

According to reports coming out his native Colombia, Gonzalez was murdered outside of Medellin, his death described as an assassination by Futbolred.com, which wrote this (via Google Translate) –

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