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10 Thoughts on the Philadelphia Union’s Best Season Ever, Which Ended on a Sour Note

Kevin Kinkead - October 7, 2019

It’s weird to sit here and think that the best Philadelphia Union regular season was still somewhat disappointing.

I don’t think that’s a “Negadelphia” take; I think it’s probably what most fans are feeling when you consider that this team lost three of four games down the stretch, played their way out of first place, and then blew an opportunity to host two playoff games. They also blew a chance at sneaking into the CONCACAF Champion’s League, which would have been a fantastic consolation prize for a record-setting, yet likely trophy-less season. This club just always seems to reach these significant tipping points before coming up short, which you saw over these past two weeks, in all four prior playoff losses, and in the three U.S. Open Cup final defeats.

However:

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Union’s Bedoya Won’t be Suspended After Goal Celebration Calling on Congress to “End Gun Violence”

Kevin Kinkead - August 5, 2019

The Union reclaimed first place last night with a dominant 5-1 victory against 10-man D.C. United on the road.

After his opening goal, captain Alejandro Bedoya ran over to the one of the field mics and shouted, “hey Congress, do something now, end gun violence, let’s go,which quickly went viral and made the rounds on social media and the internet at large.

Today, we’ve got multiple folks reporting that Bedoya won’t be suspended for his message:

Bedoya was backed by Union head coach Jim Curtin and Players Association Executive Director Bob Foose.

Major League Soccer added this statement, after the jump:

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6 ABC, the Union’s Broadcast Partner, Apologizes for Calling Team Captain Wrong Name

Kevin Kinkead - July 18, 2019

6 ABC has been #1 in this market for something like 30 years now.

But the big story on Action News is a clip I saw on Wednesday evening, a clip about the new city-driven initiative to build miniature soccer fields around Philadelphia. Union captain Alejandro Bedoya was on hand for the announcement and on this lower third graphic he is identified as… not Alejandro Bedoya:

Alejandro “Pedroya,” not to be confused with Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. And it wasn’t just the graphic that was wrong, Walter Perez literally said “Pedoyra” during the clip, which seems like it would be easy to avoid. You just have to ask him how to say his last name. The thing that’s really annoying is that 6 ABC is the Union’s broadcast partner (and has been for ten years now), so you’d think if anybody would know anything about soccer and/or give half a shit, it would be Action News.

Anyway, here’s Bedoya’s response after the jump:

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Job Opportunity: Philadelphia Union Mascot

Kevin Kinkead - July 11, 2019

Hey guess what?

If you’ve ever wanted to be a professional mascot, now’s your chance.

The Union posted a job opening looking for somebody to be “Phang,” the purple snake with two feet.

Here are the qualifications for the gig, 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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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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