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The Union lost their first game against MLS opposition 0-2 on Sunday night in Tampa.

Not so bad when you consider that Alejandro Moreno, Danny Califf and Michael Orozco were issued red cards.

The first FC Dallas goal came after only 10 minutes when Dax McCarty beat Chris Seitz after a trip down the right sideline.

A free kick by David Ferreira in the 76th minute was headed in by Ruben Luna.

While details are sparse at the time of writing about the red cards, the best Union scoring chance happened just before half time when Stefani Miglioranzi passed the ball to Roger Torres at  the top of the box. Torres then delivered the ball through the Dallas defense to Sebastien Le Toux. One-on-one with Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman, Le Toux sent the ball over the crossbar.

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Shea Salinas, on the move vs. UNC

What did we learn from Philadelphia Union’s match against the University of North Carolina? A few things. (Not nearly as much as if I was actually there, instead of dodging three feet of snow, but I digress.)

The Union are much better than a good college team.

Yay! No, really. That may not seem like a big deal, considering the massive wins other MLS teams got in friendlies against colleges. (FC Dallas 7-1 over University of Tulsa? Ouch.) But before Saturday’s 5-0 win, let’s be honest: We just couldn’t know. You could hope, you could say they looked good on paper, but the Union hadn’t played anyone out in the open. UNC is a national title contender. That counts for something. The Union did what they were supposed to do.

Sebastien Le Toux can score.

Well, we know he can do it in USL, and now we know he can do it against college players after Saturday’s hat trick. Will he do it in MLS? He netted just once last year for the Sounders in his first MLS season, when he spent a lot of time at midfield. Given more time up top, maybe he can pair with Moreno so that rookie Danny Mwanga only has to ease into action.

Temple University’s J.T. Noone could make the team.

Noone made the trip and got playing time Saturday. We wrote a few weeks ago about his joining the Union, and it looks like he has a legitimate shot to make the team. If so, he might be the only local guy who does. (Drexel’s Dan Zajac apparently made the trip too, though it’s not clear if he played.) The Union have 20 players listed on their roster, and they get another four developmental roster slots as part of their final 24-man roster, all of whom are eligible for league play.

Get used to seeing Alejandro Moreno hit the deck.

The Venezuelan forward is known as a diver, but sometimes, he really does earn those penalties, like the one he drew Saturday that led to the first goal. That’s important to have on a team.

Videos and more after the jump.

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Union Jack plays in the snow

Philadelphia Union started spring training in Greensboro, N.C. on Monday. Check out these photos, courtesy of the Carolina Dynamo.

The Union’s Alejandro Moreno nearly scored for Venezuela in a scoreless draw today against Japan.

More on Philadelphia Union’s stadium rights deal, which still isn’t official.

News from the rivals:

D.C. United hires an investment firm to plot its path forward – possibly to Baltimore. (But do you really want to leave one of the nation’s most international cities for one whose latest claim to fame is a TV show about how brutal the city is?)

The New York Red Bulls just went unbeaten in three matches in Spain. Might things be looking up for the Red Bulls? We’re not betting on it.

Transfer wrap-up after the jump.

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Philadelphia Union began their first training camp on Tuesday in Springfield, Pa.

Fifteen of the Union’s 19 players took part in the first of four training sessions set for the Healthplex Sports Club, with training consisting mostly of stretching and agility drills.

Field workouts are set to begin next week when the team travels to Greensboro, N.C. for spring training.

Expansion draft picks Shavar Thomas and Alejandro Moreno were conspicuously absent. (U.S. U-20 internationals Amobi Okugo and Jack McInerney were also missing due to a tournament in Mexico.) They’re expected to join the team for spring training in Greensboro, N.C.

Non-roster Union players also took part, and at least one player who made it through the team’s open tryouts was among them: former Lehigh University goalkeeper Sam Bishop. (more…)

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Oregon State forward Danny Mwanga skipped Major League Soccer’s scouting combine this weekend amid reports that Philadelphia Union would pick him first in Thursday’s draft.

Danny Mwanga

Mwanga, an 18-year-old sophomore originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was set to head to play in France but apparently changed his mind after a visit from Union Manager Peter Novak. Novak flew to Oregon on Dec. 23 to sway Mwanga to join MLS, despite Mwanga’s concerns about the length of contracts for MLS Generation Adidas players, according to The Oregonian.

That seems to have made the difference, with Mwanga lined up to join the Union – if reports prove accurate. Many believe Nowak’s trip tips the hand on the Union’s preferences (and that a deal may already be agreed on), and, well, it does seem logical, doesn’t it?

Here’s the rundown on Mwanga.

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The inaugural Philadelphia Union roster has been taking shape over the last month, and fans have good reason to be excited. Via the expansion draft, they picked up a highly experienced (if a bit dive-y) striker in Alejandro Moreno, a tenacious forward ala-Dirk Kuyt in Sebastien Le Toux, and a very promising young winger in Shea Salinas, among others. Soon after the draft, a solid core was cemented with the acquisitions of Chris Seitz, one of the highest rated young goalkeepers in MLS, and centerback Danny Califf, who has experience playing in Europe and for the USMNT.

This team is certainly well on its way to being competitive, at least on paper, but there are still many holes to fill. Some of these holes will inevitably be filled during the upcoming MLS SuperDraft, where the Union holds the first overall pick, but the big question is whether or not the organization will take the plunge on a Designated Player (you know, like that Beckham dude).

Let’s have a look at a few of the possibilities coming out of Europe.

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Philadelphia Union selected the following players in the expansion draft today:

Brad Knighton (NE), Dave Myrie (CHI), Shavar Thomas (CDUSA), Jordan Harvey (COL), Shea Salinas (SJ), Stefani Miglioranzi (LA), Andrew Jacobson (DC), Nick Zimmerman (NY), Alejandro Moreno (CLB), and Sebastien Le Toux (SEA).

Most notable picks: They went for Salinas over hometown favorite Bobby Convey, picking potential (and performance?) over place of origin. Le Toux was a Seattle favorite. Moreno is probably the biggest name here, and Thomas has been a decent center back for Chivas. 

More on this later (when the paying job allows some time). MLS is theoretically streaming manager Peter Nowak discussing this live online, but the live-streaming isn’t working for many. 

What do you think about the players picked? Weigh in below in the Comments section.

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