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13
May
09

Who has a team name? We do!

It’s official! Your 2010 Philadelphia MLS club’s name is: the Philadelphia Union!

The team name was announced today, during a ceremony at City Hall, along with the team colors and team logos.

Philadelphia Union Primary LogoPhiladelphia Union Secondary Logo

During the ceremony, new VP of Communication for the Union, Carl Cherkin, explained that everything to do with the team name, colors and logos had an intended meaning.

The name Union was chosen by a fan poll and has a direct tie to the Philadelphia area. In 1776, this country’s founding father’s signed a document dedicated to the formation of “A more perfect union” in the then capital of the Thirteen Colonies, Philadelphia.

The team colors of navy and gold are directly tied to the colors of the Continental Army’s uniforms during the American Revolution. The light blue accent color on the team logo is connected to the same light blue on the Philadelphia civic flag.

The primary logo for the Union is circular, standing for unity. The thirteen gold stars are for the original Thirteen Colonies and the crest of the logo has a similar contour to the Philadelphia coat of arms.

Though the logo and name had been leaked a week or so prior to the unveiling, a major question about the Rattlesnake still loomed. The snake pays homage to a political cartoon featured in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754, drawn by Benjamin Franklin. On the team’s secondary logo, a banner with the Latin phrase “jungite aut perite” is featured. The phrase roughly translates into “Join or Die” and is the official team motto.

04
May
09

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!

MLS Philadelphia is set to make another important announcement.  The new franchise is expected to unveil the team’s name, colors, and logo Monday, May 11.

The ceremony will take place at City Hall (15th and Market) at 11:30AM.  Mayor Michael Nutter may or may not show off some Beckham-like ball skills depending on how his hip is feeling.  Don’t miss it!

Those diehard, hardcore, one of a kind supporters — the SoBs — will be in attendance after a little pre-partying at McGillin’s.  Feel free to join the lads if you favor a little Guinness breakfast (first pint at 9am).

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29
Apr
09

Everton FC To Take On MLS All-Stars

No more fish and chips!!

No more fish and chips!!

English Premier League squad and finalist for the 2009 FA Cup, Everton FC, will canoe across the ole pond this summer to take on the MLS All-Star team.

The July 29th match in Sandy, Utah — home to current Western Conference third place club Real Salt Lake — will be the sixth match between the MLS elite and an international opponent.  MLS All-Stars hold sway at the moment with a 5-0 record in international competition.  Everton FC will look to break the streak with the help of former MLS star and current U.S. National Team goalkeeper, Tim Howard.

The match is slated to air on ESPN2.

25
Mar
09

Opening Weekend Recap

We beat New York! Wait, so did everyone last year...

We beat New York! Wait, so did everyone last year...

The first weekend of the 2009 season has come and gone, but there were plenty of story lines. Here are the five biggest stories after Week 1!

5. Away Teams Start Strong

  • In 2008 away squads did not fair nearly as well as those on their home pitch. Away squads had an appalling 47 wins and 106 losses with 57 draws — a .224 winning percentage, compared to home teams who posted a .505 winning percentage. The first weekend in 2009, though close to an even split, saw the away squads holding the upper hand, going  3-2-2 (W-D-L) in the 7 contests.

4. Most Start Similar to ’08

  • If your squad played well in ’08, there’s a good chance they were one of the strong teams this past weekend and if they were terrible, well you can see where I’m going with this. Reigning champs Chicago started off with a with a 3-1 drubbing of FC Dallas and despite a championship game appearance, New York was pretty awful during the ’08 regular season and started off just as bad in ’09, losing to the expansion Seattle Sounders, 3-0.

3. New Schedule Means Bye Weeks

  • Now that there are 15 squads participating in the 2009 MLS season, the league now has to deal with one squad not participating each week. How will it affect teams? First to find out: Real Salt Lake. Will the squad play as strong as it did last season or will it drop its opener against expansion Seattle coming off its week one victory?

2. Goals-a-Plenty For Top Stars

  • Landon Donovan was one of five players, including KC breakout Davy Arnaud and Seattle stud Fredy Montero, to post two goals opening weekend. Donovan, coming off a 20-goal season for LA — tops in 2008 — looks to be the leading force for a Galaxy squad without the services of middy David Beckham until July 1. Dallas’ Kenny Cooper — 2008’s league #2 scorer — put his name in the “Top Goals of 2009” hat with his spectacular goal, scoring from past midfield in the 9th minute. Arnaud has gone from league’s best-kept secret to superstar and Montero may not be in Seattle long if he keeps playing at his current level.

1. Expand Your Mind, MLS!

  • The new expansion squad in Seattle definitely impressed in its debut match. Besides Montero’s 2 goal, 1 assist performance, Seattle played a fantastic overall game, pounding on the Red Bulls from New York, 3-0. Qwest Field also proved to be a rather loud and intimidating local for the game as players had to ask coaches to use hand signals to relay information due to the volume of the crowd. Let’s hope Philly (2010), Portland (2011) and Vancouver (2011) prove to have the same type of atmosphere in each team’s inaugural season.

After a great opening weekend, we here at Philadelphia Soccer News can’t wait to see what happens this weekend. If you want some more soccer insight, check out the weekly Power Rankings by the folks over at ESPNSoccerNet. Always keeping the nation up to date on MLS news!

19
Mar
09

“are you ready for some…” soccer?!

Okay… so Hank Williams Jr. probably isn’t going to be heard belting lyrics through his trademark beard, but excitement is still in the air tonight as the 2009 MLS season kicks off at Seattle’s Qwest Field.
Philadelphia soccer fans will glimpse their future as Seattle Sounders FC, the league’s 15th franchise, make their debut against those Red Bulls of New York.
The match gets under way at 9pmEST, and can be seen on ESPN2.
Too busy surfing the Web or not near a TV? Do what I do… jump on ESPN’s gamecast, and follow the action 2.0 style.seattlesoundersfc

16
Mar
09

2009 MLS Preview – 3/3

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We’ve hit the end of the previews! Thanks to ESPNSoccerNet for doing such a great job with each team.

Also added to this post is an over-arching preview of the whole league for 2009. My favorite part is the fact that the SoccerNet boys point out that ex-Team USA skipper Bruce Arena is now on the hotseat for the LA Galaxy almost instantaneous of the time that he gain almost total control over soccer operations. I’m not sure, but if it’s me, first move, get as much € or £ that you can for Becks and then cut your losses.

Last part of the preview:




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