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After Ten Long Seasons, the Philadelphia Union Finally Won a Playoff Game

Kevin Kinkead - October 21, 2019

The Philadelphia Union won a playoff game. It took ten years, but they finally won a playoff game.

Gotta be honest; I thought it would never happen. We’re talking about a team that was 0-4 all-time in the postseason and 0-3 in U.S. Open Cup finals, compiling a whopping 0-7 record in games that really truly would have brought this franchise to the next level and maybe, perhaps, resulted in people giving a shit about soccer. Every single time this team previously got close to doing something relevant, they’d fall flat on their face and kill off the goodwill and momentum they had built with their own fans and “four for four” types alike.

They were on track to do that again Sunday, when they went down 2-0 and then 3-1 at home in front of a sold out, 18,500 capacity crowd. Goalkeeper Andre Blake put in the worst 45 minutes I’ve ever seen from him, first blowing a save I’ve seen him make 100 times previously and then flapping at a cross before colliding with a teammate on a poor parry.

That’s so Union,” I thought to myself, as they looked destined for another disappointing finish, this time in their first home playoff game since October of 2011.

But the second half defined what we’ve said about this team 50 times previously on the “It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia” podcast –

This 2019 squad wins games that they would have lost from 2012 to 2018. You and I had seen so many iterations of this team just choking away leads or blowing big games at home, but not this season. They accomplished the following:

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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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Anthony Gargano Declares that Philadelphia is a Now a “Five for Five” Sports Town

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2019

Your Philadelphia Union remain tied atop Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference with seven games left to play.

That’s a “big f****** deal,” as Joe Biden once said, because the Union haven’t enjoyed a top-five finish since 2011, when Peter Nowak’s second-year squad ended the year in 3rd place on 48 points.

The team’s 2019 success has resulted in a shift in the Philadelphia sporting landscape, and in a recent conversation with head coach Jim Curtin on 97.5 the Fanatic, Anthony Gargano declared that Philly is now a 5 for 5 sports town.

Listen for yourself:

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The Weekend Soccer Roundup: A Debut, Sheetz Over Wawa, First Place U

Russ Joy - August 12, 2019

What a jam-packed weekend it was both at home and abroad. Your team, your town, your Philadelphia Union remained in first place in the Eastern Conference. Plus, the English Premier League – which you can now legally bet on in Pennsylvania – saw the season got off to a rip-roaring start, including the debut of a Pennsylvania kid. Let’s get to it.

Hershey Native Pulisic Debuts for Chelsea

For those who might recall, back around New Year’s Day, Borussia Dortmund of the Bundesliga agreed on a $73.1m transfer of American Wunderkind -and Hershey, PA native- Christian Pulisic to EPL juggernaut Chelsea FC, making him the most expensive American transfer of all time. Pulisic finished off his 2018-19 campaign with Dortmund before joining his new club this summer. While Pulisic was is great form heading into his squad’s opening day game, new manager Frank Lampard opted to bring the American off the bench in the 58th minute:

Of the decision to bring Pulisic on as as substitute, Lampard said:

Christian Pulisic is 20 years old and he’s come across from Dortmund. He will be a fantastic player for the club. He has got great ability. You saw little moments with his acceleration on the ball, but I have also got other options in midfield and in those areas, and I don’t want to stick Christian straight into the fire without trying to help him along the way. It was one of those games where I felt it was better to start with Ross [Barkley] and Mason [Mount], who have been very strong in pre-season, and bring Christian on. If the game had carried on at 1-0, or we were back in the game as we should have been, he would have been a great injection. In the end it was difficult for him because the game went quickly away from us.”

In the end, it didn’t matter much as Chelsea fell in a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

There’s plenty more from Pulisic and the Philadelphia Union after the jump, including Pulisic endearing himself to Philly fans, except for choosing Sheetz over a local convenience store:

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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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It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia: “The Super Mega Soccer Sunday Bonanza” w/ Russ Joy

Russ Joy - July 9, 2019

Episode #84 is the ultimate breakdown of Sunday’s triple-header:

  • Union/Orlando home and home series
  • who makes way for Andrew Wooten?
  • Marco Fabian’s fit, or lack thereof
  • USA women as world fucking champions
  • edgy and woke tweets
  • USA men lose
  • difference between men’s game and women’s game
  • the Tehran Derby
  • Kevin’s three-game Casa League red card suspension
  • John Boruk’s Facebook column

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