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News roundup: Union gelling, preparing for first midweek game

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Philadelphia Union

Grades and analysis from Philly Voice’s Kevin Kinkead from this weekend’s game. I love the clip he posted of Medunjanin playing defense. It’s a very similar play to the one that Piatti scored on a few weeks ago. This time, Medunjanin hustles back on D, gets between the player and the defense, and makes the play. It’s amazing the difference one player can make, and the difference between “5 defensive actions” Haris and “18 defensive actions” Haris is notable on the field and on the scoreboard.

The Bedoya-Medunjanin connection is starting to gel. It’s up to Earnie and Co. to find a good attacking midfielder starting with W so we can have a BMW driving the midfield.

Gaddis credits his family’s military background for his success.

The defense has been getting better all season.

Ilsinho was successful in his first game at the #10 spot.

Takeaways from Curtin’s press conference, held a day early due to the two game week.

The Union’s new streak by the numbers.

Get to know Houston Dynamo, and why you should watch tonight. Previews from MLSSoccerSection215, and PattisonAve.

Catching up with former Union man Corben Bone.

The game on June 3 has been reverted back to a 1 p.m. start time.


Lehigh Valley United’s roster features lots of local talent.

Jake McGuire made the USL Team of the Week as he looks to secure a spot with the first team.

Reading United is set to take on the NY Cosmos in US Open Cup play.


MLSSoccer’s Power Rankings have the Union up to 19th.

ESPN’s Power Rankings have the Union up to 18th.

SBI’s Power Rankings also have the Union up to 18th.

Toronto has lost Giovinco and Hagglund to injuries that will keep them out at least a few weeks.

MLSSoccer names 10 European-based players who will be available this summer, and a few of them could be nice fits in Philadelphia.

Sacramento has solidified their MLS bid.

Around the globe

This week’s MLS Twitbag looks at the USMNT.

All the rules that make it hard for talented US youngsters to get proper experience before they turn 18.

Highlight of the day

Alexis with an easy finish after a nice setup.


  1. I don’t know if this is the proper place to point this out, but last week’s footy on the telly column is still pinned to the top of the recent posts list instead of this week’s

  2. Buccistick says:

    “It’s up to Earnie and Co. to find a good attacking midfielder starting with W so we can have a BMW driving the midfield.”
    Hee…. Welp, Adam just earned half my Internet gold. Just think of the lucrative tie-ins! Well played, sir. Well played.
    A CAM surnamed “B…,” however, would hew too close to the current sponsors on our shirts …!

  3. pragmatist says:

    I don’t claim to be well-versed in international players, so I have to rely on what I read. And based on the list of 10 players that may be available this summer, Oscar Trejo sounds ideal. A hard-working #10 who is willing to do the dirty work in the midfield, and has skill.
    “excellent dribbler and final third passer”
    “likes to operate as a roaming No. 10”
    “shoots well from distance”
    “takes a decent free kick”
    “happily gets stuck in to win balls back in midfield – it’s not often that an attacker finishes top 20 in tackles per game in a high-level league”
    Can someone give this guy a call, please? That description, if accurate, is EXACTLY what we have been clamoring to see here.

    • el Pachyderm says:

      You mean he’s Philly Tough?
      Oh shit did I just say that.

      • pragmatist says:

        I was trying to avoid that and highlight his playmaking ability (according to the article). As well as his willingness to play defense, since that is imperative here.
        Walking away from the PT line. Let’s just pretend like that phrase never existed…

      • lol, kudos

    • Interesting to see Rubio Rubin on that list…second time this week I’ve seen his name… |read| Someone needs to look into rumors.

      • pragmatist says:

        Rubin has popped up on the rumor mills for the past year or 2. He’s just not settling in Europe, which seems mostly due to injuries and bad luck. I’m guessing it’s just a matter of time for him.
        I was a bit surprised that AJ wasn’t on the list. But maybe that was in the category of, “Yeah, everyone already knows he wants to come over.”

  4. I like BMW, but how about a CAM that begins with C? Run B-M-C. Anyone? Make it our own, a trademark midfield trio to run this jawns. MLS Cup or bust.

  5. Trusty officially on the U-20 World Cup roster now.

  6. Just Rob f/k/a Rob127 says:

    Ahhh…The Bone Saw. Still a source of laughter in my house.

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