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Tuesday Afternoon Union Freekicks: Driving And A 12-Pack

FRISCO, TX - MAY 14:  Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon of the Philadelphia Union at Pizza Hut Park on May 14, 2011 in Frisco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
FRISCO, TX - MAY 14: Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon of the Philadelphia Union at Pizza Hut Park on May 14, 2011 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Philly Soccer Page » Who’s driving this thing?
As the Union return to Earth from their improbable early season success, questions abound as the defense tires and the offense continues to sputter. Despite an excellent start against Dallas, the Union netted another goose egg and looked mentally fragile as they folded like a card table once Brek Shea broke the deadlock. Against a team who, without David Ferreira, are constructed in a similar vein to the Union, certain glaring concerns launched themselves to the surface in Frisco, Texas. 

The Free Beer Movement: 12-Pack Interview Series: Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl (Part One)
The Free Beer Movement had the chance to meet Mr. Wahl when we both spoke at the American Outlaws Rally in Las Vegas and Grant graciously agreed to an interview to talk about the effect of the "Beckham Experiment" in MLS two years later, his FIFA run, the future of soccer in print and digital media, and much more. 

Performance Spotlight: Yamith Cuesta - Hot Time In Old Town
Right now, the Fire's hottest position battle is at Center Back.  It was widely anticipated that opening day starters Josip Mikulic and Cory Gibbs would start once Gibbs had recovered from a hamstring injury.  Instead, Carlos de los Cobos felt that Cuesta had earned a place in the lineup and started him over Mikulic.  

The Philly Soccer Page » Analysis and player ratings: Union 0-2 FC Dallas
When the starting lineups came out on Saturday, the Union faithful’s wish had come true, and we sat back to watch a teenage striker come into his own before their eyes. 

Recap: Union Drop Reserve Match 1-0 to DC United | Philadelphia Union
Wallingford, Pa. (May 16, 2011) – DC United (3-0-0) remained unbeaten in MLS Reserve League play on Monday, edging Philadelphia Union (1-1-0) by...

Union 0-2 Dallas | Philly Union Talk

Finally, the fans got what they wanted. Finally, Ruiz started the game on the bench. Finally, we saw the pairing of Le Toux and Mwanga start alone up top. Finally, the team got off to a relatively good start. Finally, we saw some offensive sparks. So what happened?  FC Dallas wins 2-0.