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Levante Brewing Shouts Out Philly Athletes With a New IPA

Kevin Kinkead - June 21, 2019

This is cool.

Levante Brewing out in West Chester has a new collaboration IPA called “Phrequently Phly,” and the cans feature the colors and jersey numbers of local teams and athletes:

Chase Utley, you are the man!

Here’s the description of the brew, 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

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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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It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia: “Who Doesn’t Love a Good IPA?” w/ Russ Joy

Russ Joy - May 29, 2019

Kevin is joined by Russ Joy of Crossing Broad FC to discuss:

– Union vs Portland and Seattle
– How to break down a bunkering team
– Cause for concern?
– Blown opportunities in front of good crowds
– Live podcast announcement
– Russ impersonates Trump, Kevin does a terrible Bernie Sanders
– Office Space “Lumberg” sound drops
– IPA and boardwalk pizza talk
– Your questions, comments, concerns

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes/Apple Podcasts] [Spotify] [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: Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers Podcast, and Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports Podcast.

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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.

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Five Thoughts on the Union’s David Accam Trade

Kevin Kinkead - May 8, 2019

The 1st place Philadelphia Union traded their leading goal scorer today.

Wait.. what?

Yeah, they did. David Accam, who had 4 goals in 337 minutes, is now a Columbus Crew player. In return, the Union got an international roster spot and $500,000 in allocation money that will convey in 2020. Accam was acquired prior to last season for more than $1 million in allocation money and suffered through a sports hernia in a disappointing 2018 campaign.

He looked a lot better this season, scoring three of the five goals that won the Union their first two games back in late March. He was then dropped for the Galaxy match and only started one of his last five games.

Five thoughts on the trade, for people who care about the Union. If you don’t, you don’t have to read the article!

1. Tanner transparency

I love how Sporting Director Ernst Tanner sits down on camera to talk about every personnel move. He first explains the transaction for the team website, then he meets with independent media later in the day.

It’s phenomenal, just an excellent commitment to transparency after years of prior regimes never caring to explain anything to anyone, or instead bullshitting their way through bad deals.

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