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Berry reaction, #AskHack, new Union kit image, more

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In last Thursday’s weekly press conference, John Hackworth said he was “being picky” in the search to sign a centerback to partner with Amobi Okugo, adding, “we’re are not going to make that move unless it’s the right player.”

Early Monday afternoon, in a post published here at PSP around 2 pm. By 3 pm, the Union officially announced the acquisition of Berry from the Fire in exchange for allocation money.

It was yet another savvy signing in what has been an offseason for the ages.

So why would Chicago let go of Berry? With an already stacked group of central defenders that includes Bakary Soumare, and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni (who were acquired from Seattle in January), Chicago head coach Frank Yallop apparently felt Berry was surplus to requirements. But the prime consideration appears to have simply been financial, especially when when considering reports that Mike Magee is holding out of the Fire’s preseason camp in Tucson in search of a renegotiated contract, one that will presumably include a substantial raise. As Yallop explained in the press release announcing Berry’s trade, “This move was necessary in order to get to cap compliant by March 1.” The same reason was given in the press release announcing the mutual termination of the contract for Uruguayan forward Federico Puppo, who spent last season on loan from Chicago with LDU Quito in Ecuador. In addition to whatever amount of allocation money Chicago received from the Union (Alexi Lalas tweeted that the Union paid $100,000, which is quite a steal), removing Berry and Luppo from the Fire roster frees up some $200,000 in cap space.

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If you’re on Twitter, John Hackworth will be taking questions from fans today beginning at 3 pm on the Union Twitter account, @PhilaUnion. Be sure to use the hashtag “#AskHack” when tweeting your questions.

At Goal.com, the Union come in at No. 2 in the list of most improved teams in the offseason behind Daddy Warbucks, I mean, Toronto.

The 700 Level notes that Maurice Edu has been killing it on social media. “While similarly-named Freddy Adu was a must-follow on Twitter for his egocentric self-promotion and sweet denim, Edu seems like a fun dude who is very much enjoying his first training camp with the Union.”

In a post at MLSsoccer.com on overlooked storylines ahead of the start of the season, John Bolster writes, “If [Richie] Marquez turns out to be a contributor for the Philly backline in 2014, he’d be one of the better low-profile acquisitions in recent memory.”

Union kit leakFooty Headlines tweeted a leaked image of the Union’s new home kit. The image gives a full-on look at the pinstripes that were evident in the photos PSP recently published and also gives a look at how the Bimbo logo is now differently framed by a blue outline over the central gold bar.

The Brotherly Game concludes its statistics series with a look at shot placement and shooting percentage.


Mechanicsburg’s Bobby Warshaw has signed a one-year deal with Swedish second division club GAIS in Gothenburg. While on loan from FC Dallas to second division side Angelholm over the summer, Warshaw scored 8 goals and 1 assist in 9 matches. (Crappy Google translation here.)

Former La Salle, Reading United, and Ocean City Nor’easters goalkeeper John McCarthy has signed with the Rochester Rhinos.

The 2014 MLS Reserve League schedule was released on Monday. You will recall that Harrisburg City Islanders will play Montreal Impact on the road on June 20 and New York Red Bulls at home on Aug. 6.

At Philly Soccer News, Charles Cuttone talks to Anastasiya Chevtchenko, the Portland-born University of Pennsylvania freshman who was recently called up by the Russian national team for a pair of friendlies against the USWNT.

More on the announcement that the Philadelphia Fury will be joining the new (and, as yet, unsanctioned) American Soccer League.


In player moves, in addition to the Union acquiring Austin Berry, Chivas USA announced the signing of Aston Villa product Luke Moore.

At SI, former Chivas USA communications director Keegan Pierce provides some insider insights into the spectacular failure of the club.

At the New York Times, Jack Bell talks to Dan Shemesh, the director of grounds for the Red Bulls, about the challenges of getting the field ready for the season opener after a very cold and snowy winter.

The Didier Drogba to MLS rumors continue.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Orlando City have agreed to a revenue sharing deal with the City of Orlando and are about to sign a non relocation agreement. The article includes photos of the ongoing renovations at the Citrus Bowl which, frankly, look more like a complete rebuild.

Empire of Soccer reports that, while the Yankees may think Yankee Stadium can serve as a temporary home for NYC FC, Major League Baseball isn’t so sure.

San Antonio Business Journal reports, “The San Antonio Scorpions will host a friendly exhibition on March 1 against MLS’ FC Dallas at Toyota Field. The turnout for that match could ultimately help determine if San Antonio remains a one-horse town in terms of major professional sports.”


All three of the US group stage games at the World Cup will be broadcast on ESPN and WatchESPN. Click here for the complete schedule.

US Soccer announced on Monday that Brian McBride, Kristine Lilly, and Bob Bradley have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Fabian Johnson will join Borussia Monchengladbach from Hoffenheim on a free transfer this summer.

The USWNT roster for the Algarve Cup tournament, which takes place in Portugal from March 5-12, has been released. The US has been drawn with Japan, Sweden, and Denmark for group play.


Check out the latest Footy on the Telly for listings of today’s Champions League games. SI has previews of this week’s contests.

Reuters reports,

The number of Brazilians who favor hosting the World Cup has fallen to an all-time low just four months before kick-off, with many criticizing the soccer tournament as a waste of money that would be better spent elsewhere, a poll showed on Monday.

The survey by local pollster Datafolha showed that only 52 percent of Brazilians favored hosting the World Cup, down from a high of 79 percent in November 2008, a year after Brazil was chosen as the venue for the 32-nation event.

In the wake of news that a fan was beaten to death by rival supporters after Sunday’s Santos vs. Sao Paulo match in Brazil, Jonathan Watts writes at the Guardian that all too commonplace soccer-related violence is the reason why teams in Brazil play to empty stadiums.

FIFA has announced four World Cup suspensions involving players from Colombia, Iran, and Croatia.

Barcelona has paid Spanish tax authorities $18.6 million “to cover any potential irregularities in its signing of Neymar.” Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident the money will be returned.


  1. Alexi Lalas is saying that the Union gave Chicago $100K in allocation money. Union still comes out the winner in this deal. There was a mention about a draft pick being included, but I haven’t seen anything officially mentioned on team/league sites, so I’m assuming that isn’t part of the package.

  2. Hope Solo will disagree but it is a shame Briana Scurry wasn’t elected into the Hall of Fame.

  3. Huge need filled with Berry, 100k allocation is nothing in reality, especially considering his salary is relatively low.
    Does anyone know the averages in terms of number of players by position on a 30 man or 18 man gameday roster? From what I can tell we currently have 32 players, which means 2 have to leave before Saturday. There are 3 GK, 7 D, 16 M, 6 F. Who will be cut before the deadline and who ends up making the 18 man roster?.
    Love the integration with the BIMBO logo, not perfect but light years better than before. Otherwise though not much of a difference with the jersey.

    • It’s gotta be the midfield to get trimmed, right? The way I see it, there are probably 4-5 guys who are at-risk for different reasons:
      As for the jersey, looks like biggest change I notice is the removal of the light blue trim, which I thought was supposed to be a tribute to the SoBs.

      • I agree with you. I never thought I’d say it but Keon might be in trouble. Lehoud will probably be the odd man out. Will salary come into play at all?
        Keon – 80k
        Cruz – 120k (how does he make this much?)
        Leo – 35k
        Kassel – 47k
        Lahoud – 90k

      • We’re at 28 players on the roster, including Berry, assuming Ribeiro will make the roster, and NOT leaving a spot for Valdes. Marquez will likely fill the 29th spot, and the 30th should be either one of the remaining draft picks or Fred. If they bring Valdes back someone will have to be cut at that point – though with the Berry signing that seems unlikely. I highly doubt a current officially rostered player (26) will be cut for a newcomer.

      • Sorry I meant there are 32 in camp right now with Berry, per this article https://phillysoccerpage.net/2014/02/19/union-preseason-roster-update/

  4. OneManWolfpack says:

    Not a huge fan of the new jersey. I don’t like the mismatching yellow/gold.
    I am impressed at the deal to get Berry. Didn’t sell the farm or hurt the current roster. Really an excellent move. Hope it all works out.

    • I like the jersey better than the one with the Tron Blue. I wish the badge was on the left and the Addidas on the right. the odd symmetry in the middle bothers me.

  5. The kit sucks. Awful to have 3 tones of gold. Worst kit in the league.

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