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News roundup: Tanner gets extension, Mbazio on Team of the Week, Jamaica defeats Suriname

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Philadelphia Union 

Ernst Tanner has been signed to a multiyear contract extension as sporting director. 

Olivier Mbaizo has been named to the MLS Team of the Week.

Matej Oravec has gone out on loan to FK Železiarne Podbrezová in his native Slovakia.


An observation for each teams after week 12.

Damir Kreilach is the MLS Player of the Week. 

The rest of the Team of the Week, found here.

Jozy Altidore is back in Toronto.

Orlando City are about to pick up a new defender. 

While Minnesota forward Patrick Weah is heading to Spain. 


Italy are celebrating their Euro win in the streets of Rome. 

Several England players were subjected to racist abuse online after the match. 

El Salvador opened their Gold Cup with a 2-0 win over Guatemala.

Jamaica, with starters Alvas Powell and Andre Blake, defeated Suriname 2-0 to kick off their tournament. 



  1. OneManWolfpack says:

    Tanner extension is some awesome news. Now go get a striker!

  2. Tanner extension (and original signing) – arguably the best Union signing ever.
    Oravec has been like a ghost ever since his signing. What happened? Just made surplus by Brujo?

    • My take is that it is a case of Brujo being that damn amazing as much as Oravec being bad.

      Curtin talked about how Oravec had issues adjusting and had issues settlings. But if we had an urge to find our next #6, he probably would have gotten a chance. Instead Brujo took that position by the throat day 1 and is closer to being the best #6 in the league than providing any sort of (non suspension) opening for his back ups to get a minute.

      And then after that it basically became a snowball effect. Even if Oravec righted the ship and played well in training, where and when was he going to get minutes? Especially since we have a assembly line of HGs who are in competition with him for any sort of midfield minutes.

      • That makes sense. I hand’t considered the HG competition in addition to Brujo.

      • T.Coolguy says:

        The Union have used Elliot and eighteen year olds in the midfield this season when Martinez has been unavailable. There’s far more keeping Oravec out of the lineup than just the talent of El Brujo.

  3. Gruncle Bob says:

    Thumbs up on re-signing ET. I’m sure that wasn’t cheap.

  4. Gruncle Bob says:

    Does this mean that Matej is no longer occupying an int’l roster spot?

  5. In Eranst We Trust!

    One of the Top 5 Union days in the past 12 years.

    PS… Chris Albright should be next.
    Great Job Chris!!!!

  6. Shame about Matej. Let’s hope he does well back home…great Tanner extension! The guy has been our best signing ever!!

  7. Came here to say that the Ernst extension is the best re-signing we could possibly ask for. Better than any player. Seems that is a consensus. Glad he likes Philly!

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