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Tuesday Morning Union Freekicks: Friendlies, Stats, Loyalties

Greatest picture ever or greatest picture ever? Ridiculous is probably a more apt description. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Greatest picture ever or greatest picture ever? Ridiculous is probably a more apt description. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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The Philly Soccer Page " Player ratings: Union friendlies
In-depth analysis is probably not warranted after a pair of European friendlies that saw the visitors in lame form. Everton mailed it in like a cereal box UPC for a free beanie and if you looked at Real Madrid’s second half formation from a blimp, it spells out "aburrido."

The Philly Soccer Page " Stat chat: Union v Real Madrid

I thought it would be informative to compare the performance of the Union starters to those of the Union’s subs in the Everton and Real Madrid friendlies. After all, much of the exciting offensive action for the Union was produced in the second half of each of those games, the highpoints being young Marfan’s cheeky chip against Real Madrid and the finish of the even younger Hernandez against Everton.

Galarcep: Can Union and Crew keep it together? - News | FOX Sports on MSN

Nevertheless, there the Union and Crew stand, tied for first place in the Eastern Conference ahead of the underachieving New York Red Bulls, who sit a point behind them despite having played four more games than Philadelphia and two more games than the Crew.

Where do your loyalties lie? " Unholy Union – The fan blog for Phi. Union

I believe that anyone who went to the match VERSUS Real Madrid on Saturday all has had an experience with this – Local people wearing Real Madrid jerseys.  You would have noticed a number 7 on the back, most likely.  The typical wearer would also be female, white, and from West Chester.  Yes, I am stereotyping.

Fan Poll! !!!!! " Unholy Union – The fan blog for Phi. Union

Have you ever supported a team prior to the Philadelphia Union?  If they were your favorite club, and the Union just so happened to play them at any point – be it tournament or friendly – who would you root for.  Please leave comments as to what team, and any further explanation as to why you chose the answer you chose.

The Philly Soccer Page " Sky Blue FC 2 – 0 Philadelphia Independence

After winning six straight matches to take the top spot in the WPS table, the Independence traveled to New Jersey on Saturday night and played one of their worst games of the season. After a listless first half, Casey Nogueira netted a second half brace to give Sky Blue the 2–0 victory.

The Philly Soccer Page " Philadelphia Union v Real Madrid in pictures

Zizou (the namesake of my French Bulldog) signs some autographs

FMF – Apertura (for Newbies) | Union Dues

I am glad to see the FMF (that’s the Mexican Soccer League) Primera Division (first division) get their 2011 Apertura underway. I’m going to do a weekly review of the Primera Division and hopefully expose some of you who don’t follow it to something I’ve followed for years.

Soccer By Ives: Mwanga coming of age with Union

PHILADELPHIA -- Danny Mwanga, for once, looked around and saw that he was the grizzled vet on the field at one point in the second half of his Philadelphia Union's friendly against Everton of England last Wednesday night.

Union herald experience of high-profile exhibitions | CSN Philly

While the Union focused on a good showing against English Premier League side Everton and Spanish La Liga team Real Madrid in friendly action during the past week, the debate raged about whether MLS teams benefit more than just financially from playing exhibitions of this caliber in the middle of their season.

Uruguay beats Paraguay 3-0 to win Copa America | AP | 07/24/2011

Diego Forlan scored twice and Uruguay won the Copa America for a record 15th time after beating Paraguay 3-0 Sunday.

Union acquit themselves well in loss to Real Madrid | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/25/2011

At first, the Union looked overwhelmed; then they slowly settled in; and, finally, they took on the personality that has defined them in their year-and-a-half existence in Major League Soccer.

Union handles challenge from Real Madrid | Philadelphia Daily News | 07/25/2011

THERE ARE FEW TIMES when one can say a loss speaks volumes in favor of the loser. But it can be said emphatically in the case of the Union.

After shaky start, Union prove a point against Real Madrid | Philadelphia Union

PHILADELPHIA — If only the Philadelphia Union could erase the opening 11 minutes of their 2-1 loss to Real Madrid on Saturday at Lincoln Financ...

PBPP: Thoughts at the All-Star break | Philadelphia Union

Riding a defense that has been strong all year, the Philadelphia Union are in a good place at the 2011 MLS All-Star break.While they are tied with the...

GA Cup: Union U-17's kick off tournament with a win | Philadelphia Union

MLS Cup champion and two-time MLS All-Star Alecko Eskandarian joined the Union as Youth Technical Director on June 15. Currently in Fri...