- The River End
- ⚽️ Bedoya and Wagner Not In Plans for 2024
⚽️ Bedoya and Wagner Not In Plans for 2024
+ Jamaica and Venezuela Get Results
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Good morning. While the Union was hosting media for their annual media fantasy camp, news was breaking that captain Alejandro Bedoya would not be back. So much for a slow news week with the international break.
In the email today:
1) ➡️ Bedoya and Wagner Not in Union Plans for 2024
The Athletic reported on Thursday ( Link:💰) that Alejandro Bedoya and Kai Wagner will both not be back in 2024 for the Philadelphia Union.
Wagner is not really a surprise since he’s been hinting at his departure for the last couple weeks after contract talks spilled over into media.
Bedoya, however, feels a little bit like a kick in the teeth to a player who deserves way better than the 20-second conversation that was reported by The Athletic of him being told he wouldn’t be returning.
Does Bedoya retire or go to another club?
That remains an open question and one that he’s earned the dignity and respect over the years leading the team to have a say in. That a media report of him being told he wasn’t coming back - with playoffs pending - not him lifting a trophy and announcing his retirement is a sad twist. Regardless, there’s little reason to not believe that he’ll be a shoe-in for the Ring of Honor.
Our take: Given the Union’s issues with depth this season, not even offering Bedoya a one-year deal for next year with a reduction in salary and an understanding of less playing time is not the greatest way to treat a club legend. At least let the man announce his decision to keep playing next year or retire instead of leaking the info.
2) 🇯🇲🇻🇪 Jamaica and Venezuela Get Results
Jose Martinez wasn’t in the Venezuela team and Damion Lowe and Andre Blake didn’t play for Jamaica but both teams had big results on Thursday.
Venezuela ended Brazil’s 15-game winning streak in World Cup qualifying dating back to 2016 with a 1-1 draw.
Jamaica punched their ticket to the Nations League quarterfinals with a 4-1 win over Grenada.
Our take: It’s unfortunate all three Union players didn’t play but still good to see their teams getting results and putting them in position to play more meaningful games. Venezuela and Jamaica both have big opportunities with the expanded World Cup field coming for 2026.
3) 🗓️ Tweet of the Day: Ernst Tanner’s 2023
Ernst Tanner’s 2023:
- Signs Andres Perea, Joaquin Torres, and Damion Lowe
- Fails to extend Kai Wagner
- Tells a club legend that he “needs to find a new club” in a 20 second conversation
Ernst still has my trust, but this winter window needs to be really good to keep it.
— x - Evan 🐍 (@SoB_Evan)
Oct 12, 2023
4) 💧 Water Cooler Union Midfielder of the Year
Union Midfielder of the Year
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Results from our last poll Union Defender of the Year: Kai Wagner
5) 🔗 Link Roundup:
🏆 The Army-Navy Cup is tonight at Subaru Park. The game will be a last homecoming for three seniors who played for the Philadelphia Union Academy.
2️⃣2️⃣ Jack McGlynn checked in at No. 7 as the lone Union representative in this year’s MLS 22 Under 22.
🔏 Philadelphia native and former Union player and technical director Chris Albright has signed a long-term extension as general manager of the Supporters’ Shield-winning FC Cincinnati.
🐐 The Apple TV Messi in America docuseries is out with the first episode.
The newsletter today was written by: Matt Ralph @MattRalph_
Thanks for reading!