Union Sign Philly Native, "Scrambled Eggs" Randall Cunningham Fan, Chris Albright

Union Sign Philly Native, "Scrambled Eggs" Randall Cunningham Fan, Chris Albright

The Union signed FC Delco Council Rock Dynamo and Penn Charter product Chris Albright to help bolster its back line. Albright, a veteran of 13 MLS seasons, joins the Union after appearing in just eight games for the New York Red Bulls last season.

A lot of Union fans have clamored for the club to sign a native Philadelphian (other than homegrown youngsters Zach Pfeffer and Jimmy McLaughlin). Going back a few years most fans assumed that local player would be Bobby Convey. Instead, Albright is the first local, veteran player to sign.

In case you were wondering, Albright is a real deal Philadelphian. Want proof? Watch and listen to the video above.

The video, shot in 2006, features Albright and FC Delco alum Ben Olsen, who is now the head coach of D.C. United, discussing Randall Cunningham. Albright flexes his Eagles knowledge and drops a reference to Randall's 91-yard punt against the Giants at the Meadowlands.

Actual, you know, analysis of the acquisition after the Jump...

So, what, other than impressive Eagles knowledge, does Albright bring to the Union. He's a veteran who has been through the MLS wars. He's a three-time All-Star and former MLS Best XI player.

Yes, he's struggled with injury recently, but he'll provide some much-needed experience to an extremely young club. How young is this team? Including Albright, only four of the 24 players on the roster are older than 27 years old - and one of the Thirtysomething's (Lionard Pajoy), has never played in MLS before.

Also, with starting right back Sheanon Williams likely to miss significant time over the summer representing the US in the Olympics (assuming the US qualifies, which they should), the Union needed depth beyond 2012 second round pick Raymon Gaddis.

Speaking of the Olympics, Albright represented the US at the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia. He was also a member of the 2006 US World Cup team. Albright, along with Olsen and Convey, is one of the most accomplished and decorated players to emerge from the Delaware Valley.

Rev's Chris Albright-related Peter King-esque Note That May Only Interest Me: Friend and Level reader Chris Glowacki, a former Penn Charter and Ursinus wide receiver, checked in with me and advised that Albright did not even play soccer his senior year at Penn Charter. He instead played wide receiver, where he started ahead of Glowacki (no hard feelings) for the football team. Despite not playing soccer his senior year of high school Albright went on to play at college powerhouse Virginia, where he became an All-American.

Forget Cherry Hill's Bobby Ryan, Johnny Gaudreau wants to play for Flyers some day

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Forget Cherry Hill's Bobby Ryan, Johnny Gaudreau wants to play for Flyers some day

Forget about Cherry Hill's Bobby Ryan. (Forget about Millville too — sorry, Mike Trout.)

Another South Jersey star athlete has his eyes on playing for a Philadelphia franchise some day.

Yes, we're talking about Carneys Point, New Jersey's very own, Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames.

On a radio hit Friday with 94WIP's "Morning Show," Gaudreau expressed his interest in one day putting on the orange and black.

“It would be sweet to play [in Philadelphia] some day,” Gaudreau said. “You never know in sports, but it’s a lot of support back here in South Jersey and the Philly area.

“I’ve got a ton of family here, all my friends. All my friends come back here, all my good friends and kids that I’ve played with my whole life are from South Jersey.”

The problem is, "Johnny Hockey" has five years left on his six-year, $40.5 million contract extension he signed with Calgary signed before last season. 

In the final year of his contract, 2021-22, Gaudreau has a modified no-trade clause … and yep, the Flyers are reportedly on that list too.

Gaudreau, who turns 24 on Aug. 13, scored 18 goals and 61 points in 72 games last season with the Flames. The 5-foot-9, 157-pound Gaudreau has 73 goals and 204 points in 232 career games in Calgary.

The former Hobey Baker Award winner will be turning 29 when he's able to reach unrestricted free agency.

Could he be what Jeff Carter was to the Kings in 2012 to the Flyers in 2022?

Only time will tell.

H/t to Sportsnet.

MLB Notes: Mariners send top prospect Tyler O'Neill to Cardinals

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MLB Notes: Mariners send top prospect Tyler O'Neill to Cardinals

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners have acquired young left-hander Marco Gonzales from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for top outfield prospect Tyler O'Neill.

The clubs pulled off the surprising deal Friday, the second move to add pitching help in as many days for the Mariners. Seattle acquired veteran reliever David Phelps from Miami on Thursday.

This time, Seattle added a young starter who will have a number of seasons of club control but paid a hefty price.

O'Neill was considered one of the top prospects in Seattle's farm system and had been on a tear of late at Triple-A Tacoma. The 22-year-old O'Neill had 19 home runs in 93 games at Triple-A.

Gonzales, 25, is still working his way back from missing all the 2016 season due to elbow surgery. He pitched in one major league game this season for the Cardinals.

Cubs: 3B Bryant sidelined by sprained finger
CHICAGO -- Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is out of the starting lineup after he sprained his left little finger on a headfirst slide.

Bryant got hurt in the first inning of Chicago's 8-2 victory at Atlanta on Wednesday. X-rays were negative, and he is considered day to day.

The 25-year-old Bryant is hitting .275 with 19 homers and 40 RBIs in 88 games. He won the NL MVP award last year, helping the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

Javier Baez got the start at third for Chicago's series opener against St. Louis on Friday at Wrigley Field.

Athletics: Carter signed to minor league deal, Montas, Olson promoted
NEW YORK -- The Oakland Athletics have signed free agent slugger Chris Carter to a minor league deal and promoted right-hander Frankie Montas and first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson to the majors.

The A's made the moves before playing the New York Mets on Friday night.

Carter was recently cut by the New York Yankees after hitting .201 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. He tied for the NL lead with 41 homers for Milwaukee last year but struggled as a first baseman and designated hitter for the Yankees.

Carter was assigned to Triple-A Nashville. He played for Oakland in 2010-12 and hit 19 home runs.

Montas was 1-1 with a 6.91 ERA in 21 relief appearances for Oakland before being sent down on June 11.

Olson is joining Oakland for the fifth time this season. He hit .184 with four homers and nine RBIs in his previous four stints.

Cardinals: OF Grichuk, LHP Duke activated from DL
CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Cardinals have activated outfielder Randal Grichuk and reliever Zach Duke from the disabled list and recalled catching prospect Carson Kelly from Triple-A Memphis.

St. Louis also acquired minor league outfielder Tyler O'Neill in a trade with Seattle for left-hander Marco Gonzales, and designated catcher Eric Fryer for assignment before Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs. Right-hander Sam Tuivailala and outfielder Magneuris Sierra were optioned to the minors after Thursday's 3-2 loss to the New York Mets.

Grichuk was sidelined by a lower back injury. He made a rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and went 1 for 4 with a three-run homer.

The 34-year-old Duke is coming back from Tommy John surgery last October. He went 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 81 games last season for St. Louis and the Chicago White Sox.