Photo: Paul Rudderow
Back to the film room to review the 4 goals in the loss against Portland. I think they could have spent more time breaking down Portland’s first goal – I’m not sure anybody in the back 6 actually did their job properly/successfully.
Bethlehem Steel provides unique opportunities for Union players.
It also provides unique opportunities for the Union to game the roster rules.
German keeper Benjamin Bellot will be trialing with the Union next week. Could his arrival mean that Blake could be on the way out?
Kinkead’s analysis and player grades. Worth noting that the Union got 0 shots on goal from their front 4 and that Bedoya really super isn’t a #10.
Chuck Booth’s Mailbag this week tackles important questions like “what is going on with the Chief Tattoo Officer search!?”
The Philadelphia Union Academy continued their successful run at the Generation adidas Cup, going undefeated to win their group in the group stage.
BSFC’s Seku Conneh was named USL Player of the Week after becoming the first BSFC player to have a multi-goal game.
MLSSoccer’s Power Rankings. The Union are in last.
ESPN’s Power Rankings. The Union are in last. “The Union are winless in 13 games going back to 2016 and are facing the wrath of some pretty upset fans in Chester, Pennsylvania.” The writer clearly didn’t watch our game against Portland, I think the Union are facing the sloth of some pretty apathetic fans. Which is probably even worse.
SI’s Power Rankings. The Union are 21st.
GK Dan Kennedy has retired and joined the LA Galaxy front office in numerous roles.
Atlanta United unveiled their training and youth ground, and it is gorgeous.
A good roundup of where many expansion bids are at right now.
Around the globe
Scary news yesterday, as Dortmund’s team bus was rocked by explosions, resulting in the postponement of their game against Monaco. Luckily there was only one injury, with Marc Bartra set to have wrist surgery after getting sliced by broken glass. In a fantastic show of sportsmanship, Dortmund fans offered beds for traveling Monaco fans.
Juventus beat Barcelona in the other scheduled game 3-0.
The joint US-Mexico-Canada World Cup 2026 bid is official, and they’re trying to accelerate the decision to freeze out other countries from bidding. Because nothing says “this totally isn’t and won’t be corrupt” like changing a bidding process to make sure there’s only one bid.
To make things worse, it’s actually a US bid with Canada and Mexico getting only token games. Insulting.
Highlight of the day
Flip throw to bicycle kick to the back of the net.