PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This week, KYW Newsradio‘s Greg Orlandini is joined by Philly Soccer Page writer Eli Pearlman-Storch.  Our guest is former MLS player, Youth Technical Director for the Philadelphia Union and New Jersey native, Alecko Eskandarian. Alecko joined us by phone from the Dallas area, where he is traveling with the Union’s Academy team as they take part in the Generation Adidas Cup.

In part one, Alecko discusses running the academy and talks about some of the great play from the youngsters as they took part in the friendly against Everton.  He also talks about what type of player the Union wants in their academy.

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Home-grown player Zach Pfeffer (right) and Union Academy player Jimmy McLaughlin (left). (Credit: Philadelphia Union)

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In part two, Eli and Greg look at the tough run of games the Union has coming up.  Friday, they take on league champs Colorado Rapids at PPL Park, with Chicago visiting in mid week next week and Houston arriving at PPL next Saturday.

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In part three, Greg and Eli discuss the Union’s possible transfer moves. The team released goalkeeper Thorne Holder, clearing an international spot on the roster. Couple that with the money received for Jordan Harvey, the team look poised to make a move.

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In Part four, Greg and Eli discuss the area’s other hot soccer team, the Philadelphia Independence.  The women of the Independence are looking to make a push for first place with the playoffs right around the corner.

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