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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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Major League Soccer’s player’s union fired back at management Sunday, blaming the league for a potential strike. Notable quote from union chief Bob Foose to the AP: “It will also be a shame if the league’s refusal to improve its system results in a work stoppage.”

More on strike talks from the Washington Post, Soccer America,  Soccer by Ives and Goal.com. They’re all worth reading.

Bleacher Report talks about what Lincoln Financial Field means to international soccer here in Philadelphia.  (If you haven’t seen a soccer match at the Linc yet, you’ll find it’s a good place to watch a game.)

CSNPhilly.com has a story on Philadelphia Union forward Sebastien Le Toux.

U.S. U-17 midfielder Luis Gil signed with MLS and will be allocated through a weighted draft today.

Soccer America has an interesting piece the crossing pass and its use around the world – and particularly in England, where it is loved.

Union defender Michael Orozco won’t play in this week’s friendly in El Salvador after not making coach Bob Bradley’s squad.

News from the rivals: D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls play to a scoreless tie in a Florida friendly. (more…)

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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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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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Philadelphia Union’s Sebastien Le Toux named one of  20 best USL players ever by the league.

ESPN releases its TV schedule for the World Cup. Every match will be aired live, with  and there will be more coverage than ever before. To give you some perspective, not only will the U.S. vs. England – and the final game – be live on ABC in mid-afternoon, but ABC will air a live mid-afternoon match every Saturday and Sunday during the group stage.

The U.S. youth international teams go nowhere at the Copa Chivas – except home, now that they’re all out of the tourney.

Manchester City loans Robinho to Santos, the Brazilian club that play the New York Red Bulls in March.

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Lost in all the Philadelphia Union hype was that several local players got drafted by MLS clubs on Thursday.

Allentown’s Jason Yeisley, Lehigh University’s Adam Welch, FC Delco product Kevin Tangney and Villanova University’s Mike Seamon all made the cut at the draft. Yeisley and Welch are former players for the newly dubbed Reading United A.C., the minor league club now affiliated with Philadelphia Union.

Here’s a look at the players, their new teams, and what their prospects are:

Mike Seamon

Mike Seamon, midfielder/forward – Seattle Sounders, 2nd round, pick 27

Seamon is a 6-1 attacker from Rahway, N.J., who recorded five goals and seven assists in 2009 and led Villanova in scoring all four years in college. The Sounders made him their second pick after reaching for forward David Estrada in the first round. Seamon’s ability to play both midfield and forward could help him find the field, because that’s basically the same role Sebastien Le Toux played last season before the Sounders lost him to Philadelphia Union in the expansion draft. (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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