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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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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?