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Philadelphia Union 2010–The Good, the Bad, and the Young

March 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Roger Torres

Roger Torres typifies the youth, uncertainty, and great potential in the Union's roster this season.

Now that we’ve finished our preseason recap, let’s take a look at some things that worry us and excite us going into Thursday’s opener against Seattle.

Things to worry about:

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Interview with Amobi Okugo on the ASN Union page

January 19, 2010 3 comments

My Union-reporting colleagues at ASN landed a great interview with 18-year-old Amobi Okugo. My favorite quotes after the jump:

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“Union draft strategy: Get ’em young” at Match Fit USA

January 19, 2010 3 comments
Danny Mwanga, Amobi Okugo, Jack McInerney

Danny Mwanga, Amobi Okugo, Jack McInerney

For all you Union fans still suffering from Superdraft hangover (we got to see our players! on TV! and with real jerseys!), Jason Davis at Match Fit USA has put up a belated but much appreciated post on the Union’s draft choices:

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Guest post–MLS basher on Wednesday, Union fan on Thursday–the Peter Nowak effect?

January 18, 2010 7 comments

The following was sent to me by Gary Kleiban of 3four3.com.

Peter Nowak

Could Peter Nowak and his team convert even the most cynical of MLS cynics?*

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If someone asked me if I was going to follow the MLS season in 2010, I would have laughed in their face. Surely they were trying to coax me into some vulgarities about the level of play and why I would never waste my time.

However, a month before the draft, I started to take an interest in the league. You see, speculation about our former club opponents, Danny Mwanga and Amobi Okugo, started circulating. Were they going to sign with MLS? These were the players I considered the best forward and defensive midfielder in our age group, and I was very delighted to see that someone in MLS had recognized true quality.

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Some quick thoughts on the Union’s draft selections

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment
Danny Mwanga, Amobi Okugo, Jack McInerney

Danny Mwanga, Amobi Okugo, Jack McInerney

I don’t have much time for another long post today thanks to real-world commitments (damn you, real world!), but I did want to jot down a few observations about the draft picks.

Danny Mwanga: Not much to say here. I hadn’t heard much about him until shortly before the combine. Regardless, if all the stories that paint Mwanga as a very, very special talent, are true, then I’m willing to say the Union made an excellent decision here. Nowak has already called him a potential franchise player, and others have called him a man-among-boys in this year’s draft class (and 14 goals in 18 games ain’t shabby at all).

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More than a good day in Philadelphia

January 15, 2010 1 comment
Danny Mwanga

Danny Mwanga

As the MLS Superdraft approached, most analysts were predicting a good draft day for the Philadelphia Union. The club owned the first pick in each of the draft’s four rounds, and the year’s class of college players and US youth internationals was widely considered to be one of the best in years, maybe ever. The club could expect to pick two, maybe even three top prospects. On the internet–on blogs and facebook and the ever-noisy twitterverse–there was a palpable excitment among Union fans as the day approached.

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Major trade for the Philadelphia Union–Perkins to DC for Fred and first round pick–what it means for the draft

January 14, 2010 8 comments

The Philadelphia Union and DC United announced a major trade late Wednesday night, less than 24 hours before the MLS Superdraft. The Union will acquire Fred, United’s #7 draft pick, and allocation money in exchange its number one position in the allocation order.

My immediate thoughts on the trade:

First: Well done Philly. Even without Fred, who will add some needed depth and experience in the attacking third, the trade for the #7 pick in the draft tomorrow is huge. Huge!

Second: What does it mean for the draft? Not much as far as the later rounds are concerned. Most of the players expected to go in the first round are still going to go in the first round, and I’m going to keep Stephens as the #1 pick in the second round.

Dilly Duka

Dilly! NY doesn't want you--come to Philly!

Looking at most mock drafts (thanks to ASN’s handy draft aggregator), it looks like the decision is likely between Amobi Okugo and Dilly Duka. There is a chance that Zach Loyd falls this low and, if he does, the Union should nab him and shore up its defensive flanks.

If Loyd isn’t overlooked (and to be honest, I doubt he will be), then Duka is the obvious choice. First of all, screw you Red Bulls–thanks for your developmental player.

Second of all, Duka is much closer to being MLS game ready than Okugo, and for an expansion side that lacks depth this is huge. The Union wants to come roaring out of the gates like Seattle did, and the best way to do this is to add game-ready players, not 18-year-olds in need of another year or two (or three of development).

What are your thoughts?