Joey Samuel and I have brought out talents to SB Nation's soccer section, giving our analysis on Philadelphia Union related subjects.
Samuel wrote about what people should know about, and expect of, young midfielder Zach Pfeffer. Here's a snippet from his piece:
John Hackworth, the Union's assistant coach, has referred to Pfeffer as a generational talent and a player who is already at an MLS level in terms of technical and tactical ability. It's his physicality and overall size that needs to improve. That's high praise, especially coming from a guy who coached the U.S. Under-17 national team at two U-17 World Cups.
As for me, I was tasked with providing SB Nation soccer with producing a preview concerning the Union in 2011. Here's a bit of what I wrote:
Valdes is apparently of a high enough quality that the Union felt it was fine not to meet the asking price of San Luis to either extend center back Orozco-Fiscal's loan or to keep him on a permanent transfer. The 6'0", 176-pound Valdes will partner with Califf in the center of the Union's defense, giving the team its largest center back pairing since Toni Stahl stood alongside Danny Califf in the opening game of the 2010 MLS season.
Zach Woosley, of Dynamo Theory (SB Nation's Houston Dynamo blog), wrote about Carlos Ruiz as an important MLS newcomer. Upcoming is an article by myself about Mondragon for SB Nation, so look for a link for that on here, our Twitter account or our Facebook page.