Posts for mls

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:

Continue Reading

Continue Reading

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:

Continue Reading

Continue Reading

CBFC: Champions League Miracles and Premier League Dominance

Russ Joy - May 13, 2019

Phil and Russ break down the UEFA Champions League Semifinals, including comebacks from Liverpool and Tottenham. The guys then discuss the incredible finish to the EPL season, the ongoing title race in the Bundesliga, Neymar punching a fan, and the resurgent Philadelphia Union.

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes/Apple Podcasts] [Spotify][Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @PhilKeidel @JoyOnBroad

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers Podcast, and It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia.

Audio after the jump: Continue Reading

Continue Reading

Report: Josh Harris and David Blitzer to Sell Crystal Palace FC

Russ Joy - March 9, 2019

How’s this for some international/domestic news on a beautiful Saturday morning?

For those who didn’t know, Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer jumped into the English Premier League three years ago when they became shareholders of Crystal Palace FC. CPFC is on a run of six years in England’s top flight and entered Saturday 13th in the table and eight points ahead of the relegation zone. Despite record revenue being generated in 2016-17 and netting record sums via the league’s two most recent multi-billion dollar deals, Harris and Blitzer have reportedly chosen to cash out:

CPFC is by no means a huge club in England, but a team in the EPL that stands somewhat safely out of relegation has value. So why should anyone in Philly care? There happens to be a local team that has repeatedly been hampered by its lack of competitive funding: Philadelphia Union.

Continue Reading

Continue Reading

Crossing Broadcast: Sixers/Celtics, Nola Extended, Stadium Series, The Market for Foles

Russ Joy - February 14, 2019

Kevin and Russ break down the Sixers loss to the Celtics, the positives from the Nuggets and Lakers games, the Brett Brown debate, Aaron Nola’s extension, prepping for the Stadium Series Flyers v. Penguins, what the Joe Flacco trade means for the Nick Foles market, and plenty more!

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [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: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

Audio after the jump:
Continue Reading

Continue Reading

Crossing Broadcast: Sixers Trade, A Secret Meeting, Sports Talk Radio

Russ Joy - February 7, 2019

Kevin and Russ dissect the Sixers’ trade for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott. The guys then recap the “secret meeting” between six Eagles reporters and Carson Wentz, the Phillies’ interest in JT Realmuto, Mike Missanelli’s hockey take, and the Union’s rumored target.

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [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: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

Audio after the jump:
Continue Reading

Continue Reading

The Union are Being Linked to…. a Really Good Player?

Kevin Kinkead - February 5, 2019

You know me.

I constantly rip the Union for performing like a small market team.

But pulling this off would be a big market move:

Dude is good.

He’s really good, a 29-year-old attacking midfielder and Mexican international currently playing for Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.

He’s been limited recently due to a back issue and really has not played much. The Union are gonna have to do their due diligence here, and if they get it right they’re bringing in a guy who finished the 2016-17 season with seven goals and four assists. He has 72 goals and 46 assists in 317 career games with Frankfurt, Cruz Azul, and Chivas de Guadalajara, plus nine goals in 42 appearances for Mexico.

Fabian can play wide, but he’s primarily a central attacking midfielder (CAM) and would be used in that position here in Philadelphia.

The Union are in their first preseason under new Sporting Director Ernst Tanner, and they ran out what appeared to be a 4-4-2 diamond against Red Bull last week, just judging by the lineup graphic and the names listed.

If Fabian signs, you would probably see something like this, after the jump:

Continue Reading

Continue Reading