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Rank and File: Union vs. New York Red Bulls

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 7:04 AM
As best I can tell, we got the most responses in Rank and File history this week. So congratulations to all of you for that. You all had a lot to say, too, so let's get right to your player ratings for Saturday's game. Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón: 7.65 - "Mondragón was energetic, commanding... Read more

The SEPTA schedule for tomorrow's Union game

Friday, April 8, 2011, 5:06 PM
A reminder to check out the first part of my exclusive interview with ESPN soccer commentator Adrian Healey. Click here to read it. This schedule is worth taking note of. With kickoff time scheduled for just after 7:00 p.m., there aren't many scheduled postgame trains to Center City. So I think you... Read more

Rank and File: Union at Los Angeles Galaxy

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 12:00 PM
Sorry this is a day late. I've had so many projects with my real job to work on over the last day and a half that I couldn't get this up yesterday. (For those of you who don't know, the job I actually get paid to do is working as a night editor of's sports pages. So that takes priority... Read more

Rank and File: Union vs. Vancouver

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 12:00 PM
I had more than enough to say yesterday about Saturday's game, so now it's your turn. Here are your player ratings and comments on the Union's win over Vancouver. Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón: 7.92 - "Mondragón continues to show why the Union went after him. A calming presence on the... Read more

The SEPTA schedule for tomorrow's game

Friday, March 25, 2011, 1:14 PM
Another sign that the soccer season is truly upon us: I give you the information you need to know in order to get to PPL Park by rail. As with last year, there will be a free shuttle service from the Chester Transportation Center starting four hours before the match. With tomorrow's kickoff set for... Read more

Rank and File: Union at Houston Dynamo

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 12:00 PM
Here we go again with another season of your player ratings from each Union game. We have a lot more voters this year, which I'm very happy about. If you'd like to join in, just email me and I'll add you to the list. Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón: 8.17 - "The new captain has a clear calming presence... Read more

Want to participate in Rank and File this year?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 7:43 AM
Believe it or not, the 2011 Major League Soccer season starts tonight. Yes, really. The first of 306 fixtures this season kicks off at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time tonight, as the Seattle Sounders host the Los Angeles Galaxy at Qwest Field. ESPN will broadcast the match beginning at 9:30, or perhaps a... Read more

Union trade Jacobson, reschedule games for TV

Friday, February 18, 2011, 2:22 PM
Breaking news: The Union announced today that they have traded midfielder Andrew Jacobson to FC Dallas for a second-round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft. That doesn't seem like much value to me, given Jacobson's versatility and significant impact on the field last season. But it may be an indication... Read more

Mondragón ready for Philadelphia's 'special attitude'

Thursday, January 20, 2011, 6:27 PM
Faryd Mondragón definitely knows what he's getting into by coming to Philadelphia. The Union's new goalkeeper experienced the atmosphere at PPL Park during the U.S.-Colombia friendly last fall. So when he and fellow new signing Carlos Valdez were introduced this afternoon, Mondragón... Read more

Video: Roundtable discussion on the Union's draft picks

Saturday, January 15, 2011, 8:57 PM
After Thursday's MLS SuperDraft, the Union and its large contingent traveling fans headed up the street to a nearby bar to celebrate. The event included a roundtable discussion about the club's picks, which you can watch below. The discussion was moderated by Union TV play-by-play announcer J.P. Dellacamera... Read more
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