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Reports: Union to Move both C.J. Sapong and David Accam

Kevin Kinkead - December 6, 2018

Both of these reports come from a foreign outlet that I’m not too familiar with, so there’s your disclaimer.

Ghana Soccer Net says the Union are set to move both David Accam and C.J. Sapong.

From the article on Accam, who the club traded for less than a year ago:

FC Cincinnati, who begin their MLS play in 2019 as a club in the Eastern Conference, have targeted the Ghana international.

Accam, 28, has been identified as one of five current players in the Major Soccer League to help shape the core of their inaugural roster and could be selected during the Expansion Draft, expected to be released on Monday, December 10.

FC Cincinnati will likely take the gamble and engage in a draft-trade with Philadelphia Union for his signature.

And here’s the relevant information from the Sapong story:

Major Soccer League side Philadelphia Union are likely to trade Charles Nana Kwabena Sarpong to FC Cincinnati in a major trade, GHANAsoccernet.com understands.

The 29-year-old is among three players including compatriot David Accam who are being considered for the draft-trade.

If there’s any truth to these stories, it sounds like the Union are going to pull a pre-draft deal that would send one player to Cincy on the condition that they select the other in expansion.

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A Mysterious Union Source With Accurate Information

Kevin Kinkead - November 28, 2018

Sources are strange.

Sometimes the most reliable people just disappear entirely. They get new jobs or their flow of information is cut off. Maybe a situation changes and there’s no reason to continue the knowledge trade. Somebody sniffs them out and they need to lay low for a bit.

Then someone else will pop up out of nowhere with relevant info and nail two or three things with 95% accuracy.

A few weeks ago, one of those folks showed up, sliding into my email with the following:

  1. Bethlehem Steel will leave Lehigh University next season
  2. Jim Curtin will be the head coach in 2019
  3. Ernst Tanner wants to scrap the 4-2-3-1 and play with two strikers

Sure enough, all three of those things came true. Tim McDermott announced the Steel move a few days later, Jim Curtin signed a one-year contract extension, and Tanner touched on the idea of two forwards while talking about the predictability of the 4-2-3-1 in his season-ending press conference.

Strange? Maybe.

Accurate? Pretty much.

I talked to the same person again on Tuesday, who offered up the following, after the jump:

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Sports Betting Updates

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FanDuel Sportsbook Review

Things have picked up for NJ online sports betting. FanDuel Sportsbook launched their sports betting app in September and they, along with DraftKings, have quickly become the leaders in the space. If you want to know how the sites compare to each other, read our DraftKings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook post. Otherwise, keep reading to get our review of FanDuel and their current bonus offers. Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100 Minimum Deposit: $10 FanDuel

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The Best New Jersey Sportsbook Promos This Weekend

If you still haven’t gotten in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action, now is a great time to check out the various promos some of the best betting apps are offering this weekend – just be sure to hit the “bet now” button or links to take advantage of these deals, as some of them are exclusive to our audience. For those of you in Pennsylvania, PA sports betting is coming soon. FanDuel Sportsbook FanDuel

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Your Complete Eagles and Cowboys Betting Preview

The NFC playoff picture is a hot mess, but for the Eagles, things are pretty simple. Beat the Cowboys, move into first-place atop the NFC East, and live to fight for a division championship down the stretch. Lose and it’s over. Yeah, the Eagles wouldn’t be mathematically eliminated with a second loss to Dallas in five weeks, but they would need to run the table against a brutal schedule, while the Cowboys would need to

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Forbes Values Philadelphia Union as a Bottom-Six MLS Franchise

Kevin Kinkead - November 14, 2018

I wrote a somewhat rambling and cathartic diatribe after the Union bowed out of the playoffs with a feckless 3-1 loss in Yankee Stadium a few weeks back.

The crux of the story was how a major market team continues to perform like a small market team, and that just so happens to be the theme in a Forbes story published today that values Jay Sugarman’s franchise at 175 million dollars.

That sounds like a lot of money, especially considering the fact that Sugarman paid somewhere around 20 to 25 million dollars as an expansion fee when the team began playing back in 2010. That fee is now up to $150 million, so the value of the Union has grown by something like 500% just based on league-wide MLS expansion alone. Sugarman, the New York City businessman, could cash out now and make a very nice chunk of change on his investment.

The $175 million number places the Union in the bottom six in total MLS team value, ranked 18th of 23 franchises.

Here’s the top 12:

Philly is way down near the bottom, trailing traditional powerhouse sports markets like Portland, Orlando, and San Jose:

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It’s Time for the Philadelphia Union to Start Acting Like a Big Market Team

Kevin Kinkead - November 1, 2018

The scariest thing about Halloween night was the Philadelphia Union’s ghastly performance in the Bronx.

In predictable fashion, the Union came up small again, this time falling to New York City 3-1 and crashing out of the playoffs in the very first round, which is what they did in 2016 and 2011.

They have never won a playoff game.

The U looked outmatched and outsmarted from the jump, playing on a shitty and embarrassing patchwork assembly of sod laid down over a baseball field. NYC’s ridiculous excuse of a pitch hamstrings possession teams like the Union and kills any semblance of a passing game. What you watched on Sunday and Wednesday was a bullshit version of magnet ball, rather than anything resembling soccer.

That said, they didn’t do themselves any favors. They never do.

As an example, here’s the 33-year-old veteran midfielder, a guy who played in a World Cup, letting his man run right by him, leaving the burden on the 19-year-old rookie to defend two players at once:

Pathetic plays like that are the reason the Union have compiled this record in meaningful matches:

  • 2011 playoffs, leg 1: loss
  • 2011 playoffs, leg 2: loss
  • 2014 USOC final: loss
  • 2015 USOC final: loss
  • 2016 playoffs: loss
  • 2018 USOC final: loss
  • 2018 playoffs: loss

The Philadelphia Union are now 0-7 all time in cup finals and playoff games.

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The Pipe Bomb Guy Appears to be a Deranged Soccer Fan

Kevin Kinkead - October 26, 2018

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve been paying attention to the “suspicious packages” that were mailed to prominent Democrats and Hollywood types over the past 36 hours.

A suspect was taken into custody this morning, a 56 year old man named Cesar Sayoc. Dude I guess drives this van or owns this van, which was parked at an auto parts store where he was picked up by the feds:

Let’s take a closer look at the van:

Let’s zoom in a bit…

“Top Soccer Recruits for Trump”

What the hell?

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The Union Play for the First Trophy in Franchise History Tonight

Kevin Kinkead - September 26, 2018

You may or not care about soccer, but if you’d like to see a Philadelphia team play for their first trophy in franchise history, turn on ESPN 2 at 8 p.m. to watch the Union take on the Houston Dynamo in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final.

The Open Cup is a side competition that takes place concurrent with the MLS regular season. Think of the latter as your normal American sports season: the Phillies play the Mets, Nationals, and other teams and compete for the World Series. Now add a separate competition in the summer that involves the Phils, Mets, Nats, Augusta Green Jackets, and Toledo Mud Hens, and that’s basically what the Open Cup is. It’s just a competition that allows teams from all levels of the sport to compete for a separate trophy during the same calendar year.

Hopefully that makes sense. All you really need to know is that the Union get a chance to lift their first piece of hardware tonight, which would go a loooooong way towards getting them some respectability in town. This is a team that has underachieved dramatically from day one, and maybe they turn a corner and do the city proud by putting a piece of silverware in the trophy case.

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This Philadelphia Union Season Continues to Defy Logic

Kevin Kinkead - September 20, 2018

It doesn’t get much more Union than the past five days.

OF COURSE this team would find a way to concede four goals to Montreal at home in a must-win game, jeopardizing their playoff seeding and postseason hopes in general.

Then they turn it around in bizarro world fashion by going out to Seattle on short rest and shutting out the Sounders 1-0 with a 93rd minute smash and grab goal, ending the opponent’s MLS record nine-game winning streak in the process.

This Union season just continues to distort reality and redefine everything we previously knew about space, time, and human existence. It really does. This team was dead and buried not three months ago. The final nails were being driven into the coffin as the sporting director took off for greener pastures. The stadium was mostly empty and fans were fleeing the sinking ship without a second thought.

Fast forward to September 20th, and this group is now the winningest in franchise history.

“Winningest” isn’t a word, but whatever – thirteen victories is a franchise record, eclipsing the twelve-win mark John Hackworth’s squad put up in 2013. In more simple terms, no Philadelphia Union team has won more games than this squad of overachievers.

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Let’s All Complain About the Union’s New Mascot

Kevin Kinkead - September 10, 2018

Meet the Philadelphia Union’s very first mascot.

It’s a blue snake with a gold mohawk named “Phang.”

They hatched Phang out of an egg at the Philadelphia Zoo this afternoon:

“It’s a snake! Doop doop doop.” 

Anyway, some Union purists are fundamentally opposed to having a mascot because I guess it’s a sidebar topic that detracts from the true goal of spending money and winning playoff games.

I personally don’t see what the big deal is. Families take their kids to the ball game and you get a picture with the mascot and have fun and do family things. Think about going to a Phillies game without the Phanatic. He/she/it is a local hero. Who doesn’t love the Phanatic?

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