Friendly Fight! Union Dust Up With Costa Rican Team Belen FC

Friendly Fight! Union Dust Up With Costa Rican Team Belen FC

The footage isn't the best, but below is a video found by The Brotherly Game showing the Philadelphia Union getting into a scrap with Belen FC, a Costa Rican team with whom they'd arranged a friendly.

Check it out:

As you can see, it's not the quality of the footage that's the problem, but the choice editing, which seems to leave out quite a bit. Michael Farfan appears to get shoved, after which he clearly puts a hard tackle attempt on a Belen player.

What better way to do take out some frustration than a sliding scissor tackle on an opponent?


All 22 players come together, the benches clear, and a soccer melee ensues. As for the fight itself, it wasn't the biggest deal. Through two periods at the Flyers-Isles game, we've seen similar fracases a few times, but it's admittedly rare for soccer.

Kessler put it well:

There was not much beyond some kicking and shoving, but Keon Daniel did strike an opponent with the game ball.  

Daniel throws the ball at an opposing player. Brian Carroll bounces
around like he's in a mosh pit. Zac MacMath comes in and just about
suplexes somebody. Fortunately there were no tridents handy.

Overall, not the worst thing to happen in a preseason outing for a club that could probably benefit from some team-building after some key departures. We could not really see him anywhere in the video, but we're guessing the
opposing coach wanted no part of Peter Nowak. The Belen coach did not
want to learn about impact (IMPACT? What do you mean by Impact?) from
Nowak.
Skip to the 13:48 mark of this video to learn about IMPACT!

St. Joe's to meet St. John's in 2017 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase

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St. Joe's to meet St. John's in 2017 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase

With the matchups for Saint Joseph's men's basketball's conference slate already set, the Hawks have now added an old northeast corridor rival to the nonconference portion of their schedule.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Monday afternoon that St. Joe's and St. John's will meet on Dec. 20 during of the seventh annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Providence and Houston will play in the other contest of the two-game event.

“We are honored to be associated with the Basketball Hall of Fame, an organization that promotes all levels of the game," Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli said in a statement released Monday. "We're delighted for our players to have the opportunity to compete against the legendary St. John's program and are looking forward to an old-fashioned Philly vs. New York matchup.” 

The two schools have played just once in the past 37 years—when the sides met at Hagan Arena in 2013, the Red Storm pulled out a narrow victory to advance to the second round of the NIT. But December's matchup will be the 58th all-time meeting between the programs.

Saint Joseph's last played at the Mohegan Sun Arena back in the 2015 Hall of Fame Showcase, losing to Florida before knocking off Old Dominion in the consolation game. The Hawks return nearly their entire roster for the 2017-18 season, including all five starters, led by the backcourt duo of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble.

Utley made a sick diving play during a very Chase weekend

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Utley made a sick diving play during a very Chase weekend

While things in the world of the Phillies are going about as poorly as anyone could have expected, Chase Utley reminded us over the weekend that he is still a bad man at the ripe old age of 38.

Check out this sick diving stop he made over the weekend during the Dodgers game against the Florida Marlins.

Just Chase being Chase.

Oh, and earlier in the weekend Utley is sprinting out of the dugout to get up in people's grills when Giancarlo Stanton even looks in his teammates' direction. Miss that guy. Always.

(Let's just ignore his numbers on the season (.205/.302/.289))