Monday, November 30, 2015

Philadelphia Union

Lessons from the Montréal Impact's growth in MLS

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 11:32 PM
MONTRÉAL - On the surface, there aren’t many similarities between the Impact and the Union. The Impact are built to capture the imagination of a colorful, passionate and wildly diverse city. They don’t hesitate to spend big money on big stars, most recently goal-scoring phenom Didier... Read more

Union officially unveil Bethlehem Steel FC

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 3:50 PM
Updated Wednesday, October 28: I noted this as a rumored possibility in the original version of this post, and now it's official: the Union have appointed Brendan Burke as Bethlehm Steel's head coach. Burke served as the head coach of Reading United, the Union's PDL affiliate, from 2008 to 2013, and... Read more

Union hire Earnie Stewart as sporting director

Monday, October 26, 2015, 9:13 AM
The Union finally have made the long-awaited hire of a sporting director who will oversee all of the club's soccer operations - and that hire is a spectacular one. Earnie Stewart, a U.S. men's national team legend and U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame member, has agreed to take the job. Currently the technical... Read more

Report: Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz to be relieved of duties

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 9:05 PM
On Thursday, I got to sit in as guest host of Soccer Morning. I had Kevin Kinkead of KYW on as a guest analyst, and we spent much of our discussion focusing on the ramifications of the Union's U.S. Open Cup final loss to Sporting Kansas City. You can watch a rebroadcast of the show above; Kevin comes... Read more

Video: Union suffer U.S. Open Cup heartbreak

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:00 PM
After the Union lost to Sporting Kansas City in the U.S. Open Cup final at PPL Park, I got together with the Inquirer's Marc Narducci to look back on the game and look ahead to what might come next for the team. Read more

Philadelphia Union 2015 player salaries as of September 15

Friday, September 25, 2015, 5:44 PM
The closing of Major League Soccer's summer transfer window and the leaguewide roster freeze a few days later meant it was time for another round of leaguewide salary data. Earlier this week, the MLS Players Union released those numbers, and here's my analysis of what they mean. Philadelphia Union... Read more

Union trade for Toronto's Warren Creavalle

Friday, August 7, 2015, 10:39 AM
The Union swung a minor trade Friday morning to bring in needed defensive depth, acquiring Warren Creavalle from Toronto FC in exchange for a 2016 second-round draft pick. Creavalle played 54 games in Houston over three seasons before moving north in late July of last year. He played 24 games while... Read more

Union sign Swiss national team midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 3:41 PM
Updated 12:50 p.m. Friday: During Tranquillo Barnetta's introductory press conference, Union technical director Chris Albright said Barnetta will be eligible to play Saturday, but refused three times to answer questions about how that is the case. On the fourth attempt, Albright finally acknowledged... Read more

Union finally, officially are rid of Carlos Valdés

Monday, July 27, 2015, 4:37 PM
It was clear as soon as the Union loaned Carlos Valdés to Uruguayan club Nacional in February that the Colombian national team defender would never take the field at PPL Park again. Even though his $400,000 salary wasn't the Union's responsibility during the loan, the team knew that until it... Read more

With Gold Cup over, Andre Blake returns to Union

Monday, July 27, 2015, 11:49 AM
Even though Union goalkeeper Andre Blake didn't play for Jamaica at the Gold Cup, he made it clear after Sunday's final that he learned a lot from the experience of being part of the team. "I think I've become a better goalkeeper," he said as a cluster of reporters gathered around him at Lincoln Financial... Read more
About this blog
The Goalkeeper is your home for the latest news about the Philadelphia Union, Major League Soccer, the National Women's Soccer League, the U.S. men's and women's national teams, and the rest of the world's most popular sport. It's also a place for fans to gather and celebrate the culture of soccer and its unique place on the sports landscape.

Jonathan Tannenwald
Lauren Green Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter