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orange is better 01-14-2010 03:40 PM

Philadelphia Union Discussion
 
Anyone want to talk some soccer?


Union draft selections...

F Danny Mwanga with the 1st overall pick
M Amobi Okuga with the 6th overall pick
F Jack Mcinerney with the 7th overall pick
M Toni Stahl with the 17th overall pick
M Kyle Nakazawa with the 33rd overall pick
GK Brian Perk with the 49th overall pick

Mwanga will probably make an imediate impact, the other 2 first rounders might take longer, with Okuga having the better chance of making an impact.

PHILADELPHIA UNION ROSTER:
  • GK - Brand Knighton
  • GK - Brian Perk
  • GK - Chris Seitz
  • DF - Danny Califf
  • DF - Jordan Harvey
  • DF - David Myrie
  • DF - Shavar Thomas
  • MF - Fred
  • MF - Andrew Jacobson
  • MF - Stefani Miglioranzi
  • MF - Kyle Nakazawa
  • MF - Amobi Okuga
  • MF - Toni Stahl
  • MF - Shea Salinas
  • MF - Nick Zimmerman
  • F - Sebastien Le Toux
  • F - Alejandro Moreno
  • F - Jack McInerney
  • F - Danny Mwanga

how do you think the roster looks so far?

Spongolium* 01-14-2010 03:42 PM

americans have a draft for football players? really?

orange is better 01-14-2010 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Spongolium (Post 23194083)
americans have a draft for football players? really?

hahah yeah, how else would we lure american players into our league without them being swept up by the leagues across the pond?

CS 01-14-2010 03:43 PM

I watched the draft. From what I understood Mwanga and Okuga have a chance at immediate impact. McInerney is more of a project.

Regardless, I'm happy about our soccer team.

The blog I cover the Flyers on also has the Sons of Ben leader as our Union guy though he's busy with SOB stuff recently.

We've been working with getting ties with the Union because I think it's going to be a blast. Our Phillies writer bought season tickets in the SOB section.

Needless to say, I've never been a big soccer guy, but I'm definitely getting swept up in the excitement.

CantSeeColors 01-14-2010 03:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spongolium (Post 23194083)
americans have a draft for football players? really?

We have a whole league and everything!

orange is better 01-14-2010 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Chris Shafer (Post 23194115)
I watched the draft. From what I understood Mwanga and Okuga have a chance at immediate impact. McInerney is more of a project.

Regardless, I'm happy about our soccer team.

The blog I cover the Flyers on also has the Sons of Ben leader as our Union guy though he's busy with SOB stuff recently.

We've been working with getting ties with the Union because I think it's going to be a blast. Our Phillies writer bought season tickets in the SOB section.

Needless to say, I've never been a big soccer guy, but I'm definitely getting swept up in the excitement.

awesome, my brother is one of the founders of SOB. Dave Flagler. He's got a few season ticket seats that im going to need to start working for haha

Spongolium* 01-14-2010 03:48 PM

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Originally Posted by CantSeeColors (Post 23194116)
We have a whole league and everything!

Ha Ha, it must be hard to watch it knowing that the whole world pretty much plays the sport at a higher level. Not a knock on you guys, as your international team seems to be coming around nicely. But when LA signed Beckham for 250 million. Well that just made every european laugh pretty hard

In the UK, football is done very differently. There is no draft at all. Players come through the academies of the county's that they are in. For example a lad born in manchester would either play for Manchester UTD or CITY. I don't think it's legal for them to play elsewhere untill they reach a certain age.

CS 01-14-2010 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by RichardsCannon (Post 23194146)
awesome, my brother is one of the founders of SOB. Dave Flagler. He's got a few season ticket seats that im going to need to start working for haha

Season tickets are really cheap. If I didn't save most of my money from writing articles for Flyers games, I'd probably jump on and get some.

Seriously, we probably won't win anything early, but I'm excited to go to some games regardless.

I was really upset when the Barrage folded and left town. I liked heading over to Nova and watching some games. I used to play lacrosse, and they were my fourth Philly major team. Now it looks like soccer will be.

zbryne 01-14-2010 03:49 PM

Sorry to be dumb, but did they finish the stadium in chester or is it set to open before or during the season?

orange is better 01-14-2010 03:52 PM

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Originally Posted by zbryne (Post 23194220)
Sorry to be dumb, but did they finish the stadium in chester or is it set to open before or during the season?

the stadium is still a ways from being done. The union will start their season on the road in seattle, and hopefully their field will be ready for them when the get back :laugh:

CantSeeColors 01-14-2010 04:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spongolium (Post 23194198)
Ha Ha, it must be hard to watch it knowing that the whole world pretty much plays the sport at a higher level. Not a knock on you guys, as your international team seems to be coming around nicely. But when LA signed Beckham for 250 million. Well that just made every european laugh pretty hard

In the UK, football is done very differently. There is no draft at all. Players come through the academies of the county's that they are in. For example a lad born in manchester would either play for Manchester UTD or CITY. I don't think it's legal for them to play elsewhere untill they reach a certain age.

It's a different system, no doubt. We tend to send our players through their local programs, then they get recruited into colleges (or universities, I forget which term you guys use, but they're interchangeable over here), then the draft. It's a crazy socialist sporting landscape for the most part where we try to level the playing field at ever chance we get. As for the talent level, obviously it would be nice if it would improve, but I'm proud to be from Philadelphia and I'm going to cheer on the teams regardless of how good they are. I'm sure some of the lesser EPL sides' fans feel the same way. The MLS is leaps and bounds better than it used to be, at least.

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Originally Posted by RichardsCannon (Post 23194274)
the stadium is still a ways from being done. The union will start their season on the road in seattle, and hopefully their field will be ready for them when the get back :laugh:

The first home game is at the Linc as well, so that buys even more time.

Dash22 01-14-2010 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by CantSeeColors (Post 23194506)
It's a different system, no doubt. We tend to send our players through their local programs, then they get recruited into colleges (or universities, I forget which term you guys use, but they're interchangeable over here), then the draft. It's a crazy socialist sporting landscape for the most part where we try to level the playing field at ever chance we get. As for the talent level, obviously it would be nice if it would improve, but I'm proud to be from Philadelphia and I'm going to cheer on the teams regardless of how good they are. I'm sure some of the lesser EPL sides' fans feel the same way. The MLS is leaps and bounds better than it used to be, at least.



The first home game is at the Linc as well, so that buys even more time.


I am so annoyed I will be missing the first ever game because I will in San Jose for hockey nationals.

RIPRichardsCarter 01-14-2010 04:21 PM

I hope they plan on signing a big name player. They haven't built a very good team although they are very young for the most part.

Spongolium* 01-14-2010 04:28 PM

So how many foreign imports do you guys get?

L-train* 01-14-2010 04:38 PM

I want season tickets but can't really afford them at the moment. I can, but it would be very irresponsible of me.

Gert B Frobe 01-14-2010 05:05 PM

they built a soccer stadium in chester

this state is run by a complete fool

orange is better 01-14-2010 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spongolium (Post 23194198)
Ha Ha, it must be hard to watch it knowing that the whole world pretty much plays the sport at a higher level. Not a knock on you guys, as your international team seems to be coming around nicely. But when LA signed Beckham for 250 million. Well that just made every european laugh pretty hard

In the UK, football is done very differently. There is no draft at all. Players come through the academies of the county's that they are in. For example a lad born in manchester would either play for Manchester UTD or CITY. I don't think it's legal for them to play elsewhere untill they reach a certain age.

in what sense? our league isnt at a very high level yet because people in the states couldn't care less about soccer. but if you're trying to say that we don't produce some great players, then you're mistaken. after all the USA is the best producers of goal keepers in the world :naughty:

UseYourAllusion 01-14-2010 08:12 PM

I have season tickets, with a couple friends. Pretty excited.

Hollywood Couturier 01-14-2010 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mountaineer (Post 23195414)
they built a soccer stadium in chester

this state is run by a complete fool

http://blog.pennlive.com/pennsyltuck...dell030708.jpg

What's not to love?

GKJ 01-14-2010 08:23 PM

I watched the draft and plan to follow the team closely. Sounds like they're going to have a good team in their first season. I don't know how much support they're going to get from the city since the stadium is in Chester for...I don't know why, that's stupid. Their first game will be at the Linc.

CantSeeColors 01-14-2010 08:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spongolium (Post 23194869)
So how many foreign imports do you guys get?

I think it's 8. I'm no MLS expert, but the focus seems to be more on homegrown players anyway, so I think 8 seems a bit more than most teams would go for, but that's what the rule seems to be.

JSTAFF 01-15-2010 07:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by go kim johnsson 514 (Post 23200355)
I watched the draft and plan to follow the team closely. Sounds like they're going to have a good team in their first season. I don't know how much support they're going to get from the city since the stadium is in Chester for...I don't know why, that's stupid. Their first game will be at the Linc.

Chester...............really?

kicksave27 01-15-2010 08:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spongolium (Post 23194198)
In the UK, football is done very differently. There is no draft at all. Players come through the academies of the county's that they are in. For example a lad born in manchester would either play for Manchester UTD or CITY. I don't think it's legal for them to play elsewhere untill they reach a certain age.

Sounds like the old montreal rule in the NHL where they automatically got the best french canadian players

Actually the stadium in chester is on the waterfront and easily accessible by interstate, they build ramps from the walt whitman bridge to the stadium. It's more marcus hook than chester.

CantSeeColors 01-15-2010 08:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kicksave27 (Post 23210522)
Sounds like the old montreal rule in the NHL where they automatically got the best french canadian players

Actually the stadium in chester is on the waterfront and easily accessible by interstate, they build ramps from the walt whitman bridge to the stadium. It's more marcus hook than chester.

Those are some long ass ramps. Probably 15 miles or so.

L-train* 01-15-2010 09:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CantSeeColors (Post 23210598)
Those are some long ass ramps. Probably 15 miles or so.

lmao. From the Commodore Barry, I'm going to assume he meant.


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