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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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Roger Torres part of new Colombian generation (source: http://www.philadelphiaunion.com)

In signing young midfielder Roger Torres, Philadelphia Union are taking part in a growing trend in MLS: Bringing in Colombian talent, especially that of the young variety.

Colombia has boasted stars in MLS such as the colorful Carlos Valderrama and arguably the league’s current best player (while Landon’s in England at least) in Juan Pablo Angel.

However, recently it has been Seattle’s hotshot loanee Freddy Montero generating that Colombian caffeine buzz. You better believe a 21-year-old bagging 12 goals in 27 games in his first season on a new team in a new (read: better) league gets the attention of coaches and front-offices everywhere. Now while Union brass (and fans) may not be counting on the next Montero, they do see in Torres a player of great vision and potential in midfield, who will add to the team’s depth and also develop his game.

There is also a new trio of young Colombians that will be filling a far different role. (more…)

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Union midfielder Roger Torres

Sneaky, sneaky, Philadelphia Union.

The Union have added Colombian midfielder Roger Torres to the roster in what’s becoming typical of the club’s way of doing business in training camp: Keep things quiet, except, you know, when they don’t want to.

This one just sort of happened, with Torres showing up on the club’s online roster late last week.

Torres is 18 years old and played for Deportivo de Cali in Colombia’s first division last year, starting 15 games for the club. He had been on trial with the Union and his addition had been rumored for months. (Update: Torres is on loan from Deportivo de Cali, according to a Union statement issued this afternoon.)

(For a Torres highlight reel and roster breakdown, click past the jump.)

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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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U.S. U-20 international Vincenzo Bernardo is the latest name linked to Philadelphia Union since the expansion draft. 

Soccer 365 reports the free agent attacking midfielder could be headed to Major League Soccer in January, with Philadelphia and New York as speculative landing spots. Bernardo said in August that he wasn’t interested in MLS for the season’s end, but now he may be.  

Bernardo played for the Red Bulls’ youth teams from 2004-2006 before a stay with Napoli in Serie A that ended this year without any appearances for the senior team. He grew up in Morristown, N.J., and that proximity appears to be part of what has fueled the Philly and New York speculation. 

Other players linked to the Union recently include Roger Torres, a teenaged midfielder for America de Cali in Columbia, and winger Jeremiah White, who plays for AGF Aarhus in Denmark, where he is a teammate of U.S. international Benny Feilhaber. 

White has Philly ties, having played his high school soccer in Haverford.  He has had a sometimes rocky time overseas since passing on MLS out of college, playing for teams in Greece, France and now Denmark. He struggled to find regular time in Ligue 2 despite leading his team in goals scored for a time. With Aarhus, he has been in and out of the starting lineup but has seen regular playing time with the team. He often seems like someone who just needs to land in the right situation, and it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t contribute if picked up by the Union. 

Posted via web from The Philly Soccer Page

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Philadelphia Union will find out today who’s available in Wednesday’s expansion draft. 

Teams have till 3 p.m. today to provide their protected player lists to league officials. A brief, half-day trade window closes at noon today. Once we have the protected lists – they’ll hopefully be made public today – we’ll post them here and then mock up some projected selections.

The Union will then submit their picks to Major League Soccer headquarters by 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Once the league approves the picks, the Union will make public their draftees. We could also hear of a signing or trade leading up to that, possibly with allocation rights being exchanged or the rumored pickup of Colombian teenager Roger Torres, who plays for America de Cali in his home country. (For video of Torres, see here. Also, more Robbie Rogers to Philly speculation here.)

Union manager Peter Nowak told the Inquirer for today’s paper that he had a wish list of 50 to 60 players as early as July. 

Posted via web from The Philly Soccer Page

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