By Greg Orlandini

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –- Gabriel Farfan was a fan favorite here in Philadelphia.  Like his twin brother, Union midfielder Michael, he plays the game with skill, passion, and grit.

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But a desire to play a more offensive role and a possible return to Liga MX, the Mexican soccer league, has led him back to his native Southern California as a midfielder for Chivas USA.

Gabriel Farfan joins KYW’s Greg Orlandini and Philly Soccer Page writer Eli Pearlman-Storch on this week’s Philly Soccer Show.

Farfan says he spoke with the Union coaching staff about changing his onfield role after playing as a defender for a season and a half.   But a move away from the Union looked like the best option for both team and player, with the Union getting cash and a first-round pick from Chivas USA.

Gabriel speaks positively about his time with the Union.


Then, writer Jonathan Tannenwald joins the show.  We run down a number of topics as we preview the Union’s next two games.

Next Tuesday, the Unions enter US Open Cup play with a match at PPL Park against the local USL-PDL team, the Ocean City (NJ) Nor’easters.

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There’s a bit of controversy with this match, as Ocean City has filed a protest with US Soccer to get the game played at their home, Carey Stadium, at Ocean City High School.

Listen to or download the full podcast (runs 49:08)…



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