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The Brotherly Game Mailbag - Volume One

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Have a question? Email eugene@nasmg.com and we'll answer questions in a weekly column.

HOT TOPIC QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Handball or no?

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The official in the Union’s match against Chicago forgot what arms look like and made several horrible decisions regarding handballs (or not handballs).

Mid-season friendly (aka who is that guy?)

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Mid-season friendlies are always a good way to see the guys who don't get on the pitch and what they bring to the table.

Opposite View: 3 Questions w/ Hot Time In Old Town

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This week we sit down with Sean Spence from Hot Time In Old Town, SBN's Chicago Fire blog and talk about one of the teams with whom we are battling for a spot in the playoffs.

Favorite Moment In The Union-Red Bulls Rivalry?

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Whether you call it the Turnpike Derby, I-95 Derby, or (especially if you're a Red Bull fan) "it's not a rivalry" there have been some really special memories when these two teams have met on the...

Opposite View: Three Questions With Burgundy Wave

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This week we sit down with UZ from Burgundy Wave, SBN's Colorado Rapids blog, about our annual fixture against the club that won the MLS Cup the year the Union came into the league.

FC Dallas 2-1 Union: Turnovers haunt the Union O

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The Union reverted to their old ways in Dallas but still could have earned a draw. In the end the Union offense was punchless and sloppy and couldn't overcome a defensive lapse and some bad luck.

Opposite View: Three Questions With Big D Soccer

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This week we sit down with Brian Wachholz of Big D Soccer, SB Nation's FC Dallas blog, about our annual match up with FCD.

HOT TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Is Curtin Convincing Us?

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Jim Curtin and the Union have a trifecta of wins since his appointment just after the World Cup break started. Is he starting to convince us that he's a contender for the Union's manager job?

Opposite View: 3 Questions About New England

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This week we return to MLS action by chatting with Steve Stoehr of The Bent Musket, SB Nation's New England Revolution blog, about our intra-conference rivals (and upcoming US Open Cup opponent).

USA 2-2 Portugal: Postgame Analysis

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The United States team gets their hero and zero award of the match and we break down how the team is navigating the group of death so far.

The Designated Player Situation In Philadelphia

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Can the Union afford to bring in another Designated Player? Does Carlos Valdes return from the World Cup? Does Maurice Edu remain in Philadelphia or is he going back to the EPL? Silly season may...

Underdog Mindset Must Go with Hackworth

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After years of hustle and grit, it's time for the Union to dominate.

HOT TOPIC QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Next Head Coach?

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My original HOT TOPIC was rendered useless after the news of John Hackworth’s departure. Now the search begins, who should the Philadelphia Union get as their new manager?

Good, Bad, Ugly Philly Union; Match Day 16

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A wild game against the Vancouver Whitecaps and an announcement give us a lot to discuss this week. How does a week of dropping points and firing manager John Hackworth the Philadelphia Union going...

HOT TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Depth or Mismanagement?

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After a week off, the Brotherly Game staff looks into Saturday’s loss in a very general sense. Did the loss represent a lack of depth or mismanagement of the roster?

Opposite View: 3 Questions With The Blue Testament

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We caught up with Ben Gartland from SB Nation's Sporting Kansas City blog The Blue Testament to ask them a few questions regarding Sporting Kansas City and the selection of two of their players to...

Stat Zero of the Match and Post-Jack Shooting

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The Stat Zero of the match this week is thrown out to the crowd for judgement and we look at the Union shooting pre and post Jack. What would statisticians say about the fans' woes?

QotW: Who Takes the Blame - Wheeler or Edu?

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Where the Union didn’t look like complete crap against the league’s best team in the Seattle Sounders, the questions about the Union are still the same.

Loyalty, Inclusion, Family, Pride

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A heartfelt tribute to Eric Shertz by Bearfight FC's Jeremy Sharpe

Tailgate Crashers: DoopCast Edition

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Welcome to a brand new installment from The Brotherly Game--Tailgate Crashers!

My Trek to New York (Jersey)

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It had been almost two years since my last journey to the tin can that is Red Bull Arena. I traveled there filled with optimism of a victory, would I leave satisfied?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: When is a Draw Acceptable?

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The most recent draw at the weekend against Real Salt Lake hit home a little differently after playing well against the best MLS has to offer. When is a draw acceptable?

At The Beautiful Game

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A tribute to the Union game experience

My Trip to Columbus - A Travelogue

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Our very own Nick Youngstein went to Columbus for the match and shares his experience.

A year in Review: Zac MacMath

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Zac MacMath started the season needing to prove he could be relied on to be the Union's inarguable number one goalkeeper. After some tough times, he ended up passed the test with flying colors.

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