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Luciano Emilio to Philadelphia?

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment
Luciano Emilio

Luciano Emilio driving fast and far from DC

The Washington Post’s Steven Goff reported yesterday that Philadelphia Union officials are chasing after former DC target man Luciano Emilio (h/t Philly Soccer Page via Twitter)

The Insider has learned that expansion Philadelphia is considering several options at striker, including Emilio . . .

Philadelphia “has a couple of things in the works,” one source said.

Emilio scored 20 regular season goals in 2007, 11 the following year and 10 last season.

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Who should the Union start against DC United on April 10?

March 26, 2010 6 comments

IF we learned anything from the Union’s first game it’s that Nowak’s lineup didn’t work. This has been discussed extensively here, here, here, and just about everywhere else.

So what should the starting lineup be against DCU on the 10th? Is it too early to start speculating? Hello no! I’m suffering from Union-on-TV-withdrawal and need to keep the posts going.

Below are my current best 11 (after the jump):

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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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Roster needs v. 1.0–warning!–long post

January 21, 2010 7 comments
Chester Stadium

Soon to be ringing with the sound of SoB

A week ago Union fans were treated to a relative cornucopia of Zolo goodness. Not only did we get to see the coaching staff, future players, and team jersey live on national TV, we also got an up-close-and-personal introduction to the Sons of Ben, who serenaded Danny Mwanga (and the whole convention center) with footy songs, and made us dream of one day hearing a whole stadium rock to the tune of SoB acappela.

But aside from all the more visceral excitements of the draft, it also provided us with some more serious team-building and roster issues with which to ponder. First of all, we actually have a roster–19 players to be exact. This means it’s possible to start playing around with lineups and formations and, thus, more seriously and more accurately examine which holes exist and how to fill them.

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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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