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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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Philadelphia Union dominated the University of North Carolina in a 5-0 win Saturday in the team’s first formal exhibition match.

Sebastien Le Toux rang up a hat trick in the first half to lead the Union, while Shea Salinas and Jack McInerney netted in the second half to round out the scoring. Goalkeepers Chris Seitz and Brad Knighton each played a half in goal to record the clean sheet.

The match took place in Greensboro, N.C., out of reach for many Union fans, but word has it some made the trip. If you’re one of them, give a shout and share what you saw. Observations, impressions, whatever — spill the beans. Let’s hear it.

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Mock drafts are a mockery, so you won’t get one from me.

But you will get an exploration the top prospects available to Philadelphia Union when they make their first amateur draft pick on Jan. 14 at the Major League Soccer SuperDraft here in Philadelphia.

Ike Opara

The Union own the first pick in each of the draft’s four rounds, including the top pick overall.

Wake Forest defender Ike Opara comes in as, according to many, the top player in the draft. The junior out of Wake Forest has starred both for one of the nation’s best college soccer programs and played as a youth international. He has size, speed, and the on-field performance to draw the eyes of MLS scouts.

The question is whether Union manager Peter Nowak and assistant coach John Hackworth want to take a run at yet another defender. If there are any positions the team seems to have locked up right now, it’s the defense, with occasional U.S. international Danny Califf joining two players who started for their MLS teams last season, Shavar Thomas and Jordan Harvey.

That may be why some are predicting the Union will go for Oregan State forward Danny Mwanga or Akron forward Teal Bunbury. (more…)

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So you were selected in the MLS expansion draft, but what now?

Shea Salinas can move this for you.

If you are former San Jose Earthquake winger Shea Salinas, you now have to sell all your furniture and move across the country. Shea was recently featured on news site MLS Daily when his Craigslist posting for “Used Ikea Furniture” turned up. What’s more, Shea is even offering to help move the furniture anywhere in the Bay area to assist potential buyers. No word on whether there were any takers or not. (The ad has, sadly, been deleted.)

If you are former New England Revolution goalkeeper, Brad Knighton, it’s the off-season as usual: trips to golf in Florida, a stop-in to see the grandparents in Carolina, and dinner out with some old college buddies (bbknighton is a very active tweeter). Brad is also an avid gamer and reportedly will play any aspiring Philadelphia fan, in Call of Duty 2: Modern Warfare on XBOX Live.  If you are interested in challenging the net-minder, his XBOX player ID is DUBSCR0.

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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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Rob Vartughian

Philadelphia Union have hired University of Maryland assistant Rob Vartughian as their goalkeepers coach.

Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday night that Vartughian would immediately start work for the Union, with whom he has some strong past ties.

Vartughian worked with Union manager Peter Nowak last year, when he coached goalkeepers on the U.S. U-23 team that went to the 2008 Olympics in China. He also assisted the U-15 national team in 2008 and scouted for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Likewise, the move reunites Vartughian with Maryland alum Chris Seitz, the presumptive starting goalkeeper for the Union. (more…)

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NCAA champion. MLS Champion. Philadelphia Union keeper.

22 year-old Chris Seitz, formerly a member of the upstart MLS champions Real Salt Lake, is now on the roster of your hometown team. Seitz was mainly used as a back up behind Nick Rimando, he of penalty kick fame – and MVP of the MLS Cup.

Rimando clearly wasn’t going anywhere, so Nick Sakiewicz and his crew swooped in to secure Seitz in exchange for allocation money.

Seitz played collegiately at the University of Maryland, and led them to the 2005 National Championship as a freshman. That was the first national championship for the Terps since 1968; they subsequently won the 2008 title. Seitz was a member of the All-Tournament team and was also voted the Most Outstanding Defensive player of the tournament.

Seitz has also represented the USA in the Under-20 World Cup, the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, and the 2008 Olympics. Clearly these venues gave Peter Nowak an up close and personal view of Seitz.

Sietz joins Brad Knighton, previously of the New England Revolution, in net for the Union. Seitz has won everywhere he's played. Let's hope he continues the trend here.
 
 

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