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
Skip to the 13:48 mark of this video to learn about IMPACT!

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

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Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.

For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.

Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.

Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.