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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.

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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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What Can Union Fans Expect from Striker Andrew Wooten?

Kevin Kinkead - June 25, 2019

The Philadelphia Union sit atop Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference at the season’s midway point.

In years past, mid-table Union teams probably would have sat back, stood pat at the transfer window, and looked for winter reinforcements. This year, it was easy to justify a summer addition considering how well the squad is currently playing.

So in comes Andrew Wooten, a 29-year-old striker whose father was an American military member stationed in Germany. As such, he has dual citizenship – Germany through his mother and the United States via his father. That means he comes to the Union not requiring an international slot, nor did the team have to pay a transfer fee, since Wooten was out of contract with SV Sandhausen in the 2.Bundesliga.

For those reasons, it was a move that made a ton of sense right off the jump, and I didn’t even mention that the Union really could use a consistent goal-getter up top, since the scoring burden has been shared by numerous players this year.

I spoke with Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now, a previous guest on the “Always Soccer in Philadelphia” podcast and somebody who has followed Wooten’s career for a long time now.

Here’s our conversation:

Brian Sciaretta: I think it’s a very good pickup; you know what’s interesting about Andrew when you look at his career, generally he’s been playing for bad teams but still scoring goals. He’s been safe at Sandhausen and his year at FSV Frankfurt, but generally he’s been in relegation fights throughout his career. He made his debut actually in the Bundesliga for Kaiserslautern when they were in a relegation fight, which was unsuccessful. When I spoke to him last, which was at the end of last season, you kind of got the sense that he wanted to play for a winner in the worst way, that he wanted to play for silverware. He always wanted to come home and play in the States. I think a chance to go to a team where he can play and be part of a winner checks a lot of boxes and I think he’s going to heavily motivated to show his stuff here.

Crossing Broad: It’s kind of crazy to me, actually I need a minute to process the fact that someone would want to come play for a winner, and that winner would be Philadelphia Union… But in a way you don’t need any coaxing I guess, it’s easier to justify this signing or go up the chain and tell Jay Sugarman, ‘hey we’re in 1st place, let’s go for it here.’

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Philadelphia Launches Bid to Host 2026 World Cup Games

Kevin Kinkead - June 24, 2019

The summer of 2026 should be a good one.

Yeah, it’s a long way away, but we’re talking about America’s 250th birthday. We’ve got the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in town and the PGA Championship is coming back to Aronimink. We might get a World Cup game, too.

Today Philly launched its official bid to be a host city for 2026, the World Cup tournament that will be played in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. There are 23 cities interested in hosting right now, which will be ultimately narrowed down to 16 total, including 10 in the USA, three in Canada, and three in Mexico.

Here’s our competition, with my notes in parentheses explaining why Philly is a better choice:

  • Atlanta (basically just a big suburb)
  • Baltimore (small beans town, not big enough)
  • Boston (disgusting sports fans, disgusting sports teams, losers everywhere)
  • Cincinnati (whatever city)
  • Dallas (home of the Cowboys)
  • Denver (great city, bad altitude for 90 minutes of running)
  • Houston (too hot)
  • Kansas City (too boring)
  • Los Angeles (horrible traffic)
  • Miami (people more concerned about night life)
  • Nashville (people more concerned about country music)
  • New York/New Jersey (armpit of America, home of Giants and Jets)
  • Orlando (can’t be taken seriously as a sports town)
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco Bay Area (too expensive)
  • Seattle (too many hippies)
  • Washington, D.C. (too many politicians)

Clearly, Philadelphia is an easy choice to host a 2026 World Cup game. If we lose out to some shit town like Cincy or Baltimore, we riot.

Some details of the bid, via the official campaign website, after the jump:

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