Union News and Notes

First home match announced, new television partner, roster moves, and more!

The U may be done playing for the year, but there’s still things going on, such as…

The 2018 MLS SuperDraft is coming to Philadelphia! Held on January 19th in the Pennsylvania Conference Center, the draft enables teams to add young players to their team. Past selections for the Union include Andre Blake and Keegan Rosenberry.

The first Union home match of the 2018 season will be on March 3rd versus the New England Revolution in what’s sure to be a chilly affair. The complete 2018 MLS schedule will be coming in the following weeks as everyone gears up to catch new league champion Toronto FC, who set a regular season record for points earned on their way to a historic treble.

To watch that match, you may have to tune in to PHL17, who is taking over as the flagship station for Union match broadcasts. According to the Union, the switch to PHL17 will make telecasts available to 32% more residents in the Greater Philadelphia region. Prior to this deal, matches were often broadcast on one of the Comcast sports channels. ABC6 will still broadcast some matches and will handle the production for all local broadcasts.

Also included in that release was the news that legendary voice JP Dellacamera will return to do Union play-by-play again for the 2018 year. Onion bag enthusiast Tommy Smyth will accompany him in the booth once again to do color as well.

The Union also made some roster moves: they picked up the option on Eric Ayuk, who had been out on loan in the Swedish top flight. Ayuk brings speed and athletic ability to the wing and may fit the bill of what Earnie Stewart is looking for opposite Fafa Picault on the left wing. They also resigned ageless wizard Fabinho, Brazilian midfielder Ilsinho, and the author of more than one wonderstrike, Fabian Herbers.

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