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Thursday Afternoon Union Freekicks: Sons Of Ben in GQ, Philly Goalkeeper Tandem, & Sold Out Home Opener

CHESTER PA- SEPTEMBER 25:  Fans of the Philadelphia Union celebrate a goal scored by Alejandro Moreno against Chivas USA in the first half of their game at PPL Park on September 25 2010 in Chester Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
CHESTER PA- SEPTEMBER 25: Fans of the Philadelphia Union celebrate a goal scored by Alejandro Moreno against Chivas USA in the first half of their game at PPL Park on September 25 2010 in Chester Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
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Colombian goalkeepers!  Sons of Ben in the UK edition of GK!  The home opener is sold out!

I think this is going to be an excellent year for Philadelphia soccer.  Maybe this is the high of my second coffee of the morning, but I think the Union are going to the playoffs.

Philadephia's GK Tandem Makes For Odd Couple [Dave Zeitlin, MLSSoccer.com] - The Union got smart and upgraded their keeper core.  How are Mondragon and MacMath going to help one another?

Sons of Bens in UK edition of GQ [Ed Farnsworth, Philly Soccer News] - I am still waiting to see this piece IRL after an early morning dash to my local newsstand had last month's UK GQ.  It's part of a look at football hooliganism across the Atlantic.

Individual, Group Home Opener Tickets Sold Out [PhiladelphiaUnion.com] - What the headline says.  The Union are outselling the Sixers!

Ample Movement Along the U.S. National Team Depth Chart [Steve Davis, Daily Soccer Fix] - The depth chart with USMNT has evolved quite quickly - and there has been some notable changes.

Landon Donovan Unsure About Return to National Team Action [Andrea Canales w/ Luis Bueno, Goal.com] - The undisputed face of US Soccer is mulling his national team feature.  While he's excited about playing with the Galaxy, he may take a break from the national team.

With Opener in Sight, Buzz Building in Vancouver [Brandon Timko, MLSSoccer.com] - The Whitecaps are back and the city is thrilled.  The Canucks are not the only game in town any longer.

2011 New Year's Resolution, DC United Style [Martin Shatzer, Black & Red United] - Check out how our friends down 95 are trying to improve in this very young year.