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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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Danny Califf sports a mohawk at Union camp

Philadelphia Union will head to Guadalajara, Mexico, for a one-week training session later this month. Let’s see if the snow follows them there like it has to Greensboro, N.C.

Union manager Peter Nowak tells the Inquirer he plans to tailor his system to the players, not vice versa. Does that mean farewell to the 3-5-2 for a while?

Union defender Shavar Thomas is off to join the Jamaican national team for its friendly Wednesday against Argentina.

The NASL-USL released their 2010 schedule yesterday. Here’s the logo the combined Division 2 league will be using this year, courtesy of Dr. Frankenstein.

Want to buy an English soccer team? There’s an ad in today’s Financial Times for the sale of Crystal Palace, who play in England’s second division.

The EPL’s bottom eight teams have won a combined eight of their last 82 matches, the London Guardian notes. Score one for MLS and league balance. For a European league with more balance, check out The New York Times’ look at the German Bundesliga.

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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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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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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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I'm coming home to Philly! (or not ...)

Jeremiah White has not made the team at AGF Aarhus the last week and could be done in Denmark’s league, with a move to Philadelphia Union appearing increasingly likely.

A Danish TV station reported White, who hails from the Philadelphia area, is “finished” at Aarhus.

“I’ve been here almost three years – and it’s time to go,” White said, according to TV2 of Aarhus, Denmark.

There are conflicting reports that indicate White could remain with the team. With more than a year left on his contract, Aarhus is in the driver’s seat there.

White told me he’s still in Denmark packing for a prospective move, but his wife has begun looking for homes in the Philly area, according to her Facebook page.

Should White move to the Union, he would be the second Danish leaguer poached by Philadelphia. Center back Danny Califf cut his contract short to leave FC Midtjylland for a move to the Union.

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It’s official: The Union have acquired U.S. international defender Danny Califf, who this week terminated his contract with FC Midtjylland in the Danish league. Big signing. Califf should immediately step in as one of the top defenders in the Eastern Conference and give the Union a solid anchor in the middle of their back line. Prior to his move overseas, he was one of the top defenders in Major League Soccer, and he captained Aalborg to the Danish league championship before his move to Midjylland. For more on Califf, see here.

Is this the Union’s biggest acquisition yet? Do you like the pickup? Weigh in below.

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