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13 February 5:59 pm

The Union wrapped up their second phase of training this preseason on Thursday as the team returned home to Philadelphia after 11 days in Clearwater, Fla. With Valentine’s Day weekend off, the team will return to Clearwater for the third and final phase of preseason on Monday.

Thursday’s morning session was light with the team in a hurry to catch a 2 p.m. flight out of Tampa International. The teams were split into four groups of six and played small-sided for about an hour. The green-pinnied team looked the best, comprised of Andrew Wenger, Conor Casey, Antoine Hoppenot, Brian Carroll, Sheanon Williams and Steven Vitoria.

Speaking of Vitoria, he was introduced to the media on Wednesday. You can find that transcript here. As he told all reporters in the call, he’s excited to join MLS, as Dave Zeitlin wrote about for MLSsoccer.com:

“It’s a very attractive league that’s getting more competitive, you can tell. I’m very happy to be here and part of the Union. It’s a very successful league, and it’s going to keep growing and growing.”

Elsewhere, there is a Philadelphia Union team still playing in Florida – that’s the U16s in Orlando. They opened their second leg of the Generation Adidas with a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Friday in the event’s first match of the day.
 

The Union will play Toronto FC tomorrow at 3 p.m. and finish the tournament against New York Red Bulls on Monday. Those two teams sit atop the group with six points each after each won their first two games in the first leg of the tournament. They Union have yet to lose in the tournament, at 1-0-2. You can check out the entire run-down of the tournament here.

Yes, it is Valentine’s Day weekend and the players have the weekend off to be with their loved ones. If you’re looking for some last minute advice (and haven’t seen it yet), check out Jimmy McLaughlin and Antoine Hoppenot’s take on the holiday.

And there’s too many to share, but if you haven’t tried #SoccerGrams yet, get into them. Maurice Edu has been a favorite (there's a lot you can -- cough -- edu with his name), including two here, one submitted by a fan:

 

#SoccerGrams

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And Andrew Wenger:

Alright, enough with the love. The weekend off will be a nice break, but it will be much appreciated. The Union will play four games in 11 days starting with the Costa Rica U-23 National Team on Wednesday, Feb. 18. They'll finish it up with either a consolation or championship game in the IMG Tournament on Feb. 28. The team flies back in Clearwater Monday afternoon and we won’t be returning to Philly until March 1. Then, it’ll be less than a week until Opening Day. Hope you're ready.

Finally if you haven’t seen it, check out this cool timelapse from Bill Strobel chalking up  his new design in the Union club:

 

Bill Strobel chalking up a new design in the Union club. #PureTalent

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Contact Philadelphia Union press officer Chris Winkler at cwinkler@philadelphiaunion.com.

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13 February 10:46 am
Want to win a date to the home opener for you and your Valentine? Send us a picture on Twitter or Instagram (@philaunion) and use #UnionWinADate for a chance to win!
 
 

Along those lines, remember last year's #SoccerGrams? Well, they are back for Valentine's Day. Celebrate with us by sharing your best soccer-related Valentine's Day Cards. Some of our awesome fans have already started sending in theirs. We will be sending out ours as well, so be on the look out! Head over here for more information.
 
12 February 4:33 pm

Philadelphia Union will recgonize two season ticket members every Friday as we continue to countdown to the home opener. If you are interested in being involved in our #STMSpotlight please email: contests@philadelphiaunion.com.

This week we have two wonderful and dedicated season ticket members, the Klemmer and Jarrett family! 

The Klemmer Family 

 

What are you most excited about for the 2015 season?

  • Watching the team develop under the leadership of Coach Curtin.

What made you want to Re-Doop?

  • I can't imagine not Re-dooping! I started counting the days to First Kick after the last game.

Who is your favorite player and why?

  • My son Paul and I are big Nogueira fans, while my youngest wears #29 - Hoppenot. I think we love those two players for their energy on the pitch.

What is your favorite memory at PPL Park?

  • My favorite memories are watching my boys walk the players out - especially when James walked with Henry at the All-Star game and Paul with Torres in 2011.

The Jarrett Family

What are you most excited about for the 2015 season?

  • Just getting the season started, winning

What made you want to Re-Doop?

  • The vibe during the games, and our family tradition since opening day.

Who is your favorite player and why?

  • Maurice Edu - he brought something special to the Union.

What is your favorite memory at PPL Park?

  • The opening day of PPL.

 

12 February 11:13 am

Here are the results of Round Three: Round Four is coming up quickly. Vote or tweet your answer to @philaunion #SpotTheBall. There will be a new set of photos posted each day for the rest of the week. Correct answers will be revealed tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. 

Previous Rounds

Round One - Answers
Round Two- Answers

Photo credit: Sideline Photos, Greg Carroccio (photos from 2014)

 

 

 

11 February 11:23 am

This might waste about 10 minutes of your life, but it's totally worth it. Vote or tweet your answer to @philaunion #SpotTheBall. There will be a new set of photos posted each day for the rest of the week. Correct answers will be revealed tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. 

Previous Rounds

Round One - Answers
Round Two- Answers

Photo credit: Sideline Photos, Greg Carroccio (photos from 2014)

11 February 11:00 am

How'd you do on round two of #SpotTheBall? Check out the answers below.

A new set of photos will be revealed this afternoon. Make sure to vote or  tweet your answer to @philaunion #SpotTheBallCorrect answers will be revealed tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. 

Previous Rounds

Round One - Answers

Photo credit: Sideline Photos, Greg Carroccio (photos from 2014)

 

 

 

10 February 4:32 pm
The countdown to the Philadelphia Union Home Opener has begun and we want you to get in on the action! Round up your friends and take a picture with your own #StandForBlue countdown sign. You can download one HERE. You can also download the full list of numbers HERE.
 
Upload your photo to Twitter and/or Instagram and make sure to tag @philaunion and we may use your photo during our countdown. We hope you all have fun with this and we look forward to seeing you all #STANDFORBLUE on March 7th at PPL Park. 
 
 
10 February 10:36 am

So... Day One of spot the ball might've been a little easy. We're hoping this round will be a little more challenging. Each photo has a poll where you can record your answer. You can also tweet your answer to @philaunion #SpotTheBall. There will be a new set of photos each day for the entire week!  Correct answers will be revealed tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. 

Previous Rounds
Round One - Answers

Photo credit: Sideline Photos, Greg Carroccio (photos from 2014)

10 February 10:26 am

Spot the ball day one answers are now revealed. Check out how you did below.

There will be a new set of photos today at 12:00 p.m.  You can also tweet your answer to @philaunion #SpotTheBall

Photo credit: Sideline Photos, Greg Carroccio (photos from 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 February 10:11 am

In anticipation for the home opener, we're bringing you photos of the Union in action, but there's a trick. We've hidden the ball. Now it's up to you to spot where it is. Each photo has a poll where you can record your answer. You can also tweet your answer to @philaunion #SpotTheBall. There will be a new set of photos each day for the entire week! 

The correct answers will be revealed tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. 
Good luck...

Photo credit: Sideline Photos, Greg Carroccio (photos from 2014)