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KYW Philly Soccer Show: Previewing Portland

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The Philadelphia Union have a tough test as they hit the road for Portland this weekend, the first of series of three road games that also includes Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls.

In the latest edition of the KYW Philly Soccer Show, KYW’s Greg Orlandini and PSP’s Mike Servedio talk with Jamie Goldberg, Timbers beat writer for The Oregonian.

Goldberg talks about the how injuries and a poor road record have led to an up-and-down season for the defending MLS Cup champions as the push for a playoff berth. Greg and Mike also talk with Goldberg about how the Timbers match up against the Union.

After that, Greg and Mike go over the Union’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Montreal, a slow, grinding match played in the heat last Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium.

Tranquillo Barnetta provided one of the few bright spots for the home team with his brilliant first half goal to put the Union ahead before Montreal nicked the equalizer late in the second half.

The Union are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference with 41 points, three points behind third place NYCFC and three points above fifth place Montreal with five games remaining in the 2016 regular season.

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5 Comments

  1. great talk with Jamie.
    the future of the Union depth to compete in CCL will be huge. we don’t have that currently. going to be a reality check when it happens.

    • Old Soccer Coach says:

      Isn’t it a reality check for the 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement’s 28 man roster limit?

      • true. sad to think, i feel curtin would still run players into the ground than switch up rosters. he might do well in a single-minded, league-only competition as a coach. we saw a bit of this during the open cup runs. trusting his bench is something he needs going forward or we need someone who will.

    • Well and the salary cap structure limits the MLS teams to compete in the CCL.
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      I would be very curious to know the relationships of salary versus players along with how those salaries or salary caps work with exchange rates to compare.

  2. Two former Union players for Portland? What about Chris Konopka?

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