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March 23, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe last year, when the Union struggled with a 10-18-6 Major League Soccer record, this would have been a bigger story. But for now, center back Bakary Soumare's request to be traded is far from a crisis. The Union acquired Soumare last year from Vancouver, and they had fairly high expectations. But he had a knee problem and played only one game for the Union, and it wasn't a very good one. Soumare didn't move very well, and the defense followed that pattern in a 3-1 home loss to Chicago on Aug. 12. After that, he didn't see any action.
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November 20, 2012
THREE UNION players - forward Freddy Adu, midfielder Michael Farfan and defender Amobi Okugo - will hone their skills in the offseason with Galatasaray in Turkey and SC Freiberg, of the German Bundesliga, the club announced. Adu will have a 2-week training stint with Galatasaray, while Farfan and Okugo will travel to Germany to train with Freiberg. This marks the second straight season that those three have trained with European clubs in the offseason. Adu spent 2 weeks with Spanish side Rayo Vallecano last season; Farfan traveled to Sunderland last January; and Okugo spent time with Freiberg last December.
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August 14, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
A PENALTY KICK by Maurice Edu was the difference-maker as the Union advanced to the finals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time with a win on penalty kicks at FC Dallas last night. The teams were knotted after regulation, 1-1, as Amobi Okugo scored for the Union in the 47th minute and Dallas' Fabian Castillo tied it in the 81st minute. The teams then played 30 minutes of overtime. The Union outscored Dallas on penalty kicks, 4-3. The Union will host the winner of tonight's semifinal between the Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire on Sept.
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June 3, 2011
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER   Union (6-3-2) at Colorado (4-3-6) Saturday, 9 p.m., at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (TCN) Most recent game: The Union demolished Toronto FC last Saturday, 6-2. Colorado played visiting Sporting Kansas City to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Outlook: The Union will be without Carlos Ruiz, who is playing with Guatemala's national team. Colorado is without three players who have national team commitments - Omar Cummings and Tyrone Marshall of Jamaica and Sanna Nyassi of Gambia.
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March 17, 2013
Who: New England Revolution (1-0) at Union (1-1) When/Where: 5 p.m. at PPL Park. TV: TCN Union at home: 0-1; Revolution on the road: 1-0 Goals for: NE 1, Union 3. Goals against: NE 0, Union 4. Last outing: New England earned a 1-0 win against the host Chicago Fire in its season opener last Saturday. The Union scored a 2-1 win at Colorado on Sunday. About the Revolution: Jerry Bengtson scored the game's lone goal in the 62d minute in the Revolution's win against the Fire.
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June 30, 2012
What: Union (3-8-2, 11 points) at Houston (5-5-5, 20 points) When: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Where: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston TV: TCN Outlook: The Union have scored nine goals - three by forward Jack McInerney - in three games since John Hackworth took over as coach from Peter Nowak. . . . . Union defender Sheanon Williams is doubtful Saturday with a broken toe, and defender Raymon Gaddis is on a one-game suspension for a late tackle on Kansas City's Roger Espinoza last Saturday.
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December 12, 2014
THE UNION was forced to say goodbye to its promising 2014 first-round pick yesterday. With Major League Soccer adding two teams - Orlando City SC and New York City FC- for next year, an expansion draft was held to help fill their rosters. In the fourth round, Orlando plucked 24-year-old Pedro Ribeiro from the Union roster. Ribeiro, a 6-4 midfielder/forward who was selected 15th overall in 2014, split time with Harrisburg City - the Union's USL affiliate - and the Union. He joined the Union toward the end of the summer and made his debut on Aug. 15. In nine games, including three starts, Ribeiro scored two goals - including a game-winner against Sporting Kansas City on Oct. 18. Ribeiro is set to join former Union teammate Amobi Okugo in Orlando.
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November 22, 2011
Midfielder Freddy Adu was among 11 players the Union left unprotected for tomorrow's MLS expansion draft, according to a news release the team issued yesterday. Adu, a former teen soccer prodigy, joined the Union in August and scored two goals in 11 games. Also left unprotected were defenders Juan Diego Gonzalez and Joe Tait; goalkeepers Chase Harrison and Thorne Holder; forwards Levi Houapeu, Veljko Paunovic and Ryan Richter; and midfielders Morgan Langley, Justin Mapp, Stefani Miglioranzi and Kyle Nakazawa.
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March 25, 2011
Immediately after the Union earned a 1-0 MLS win in Houston on Saturday, goalkeeper Zac MacMath and midfielder Amobi Okugo left the team to train for the U-20 championships in Guatemala, March 28 to April 10. Both players will miss three MLS matches, plus a U.S. Open Cup match against D.C. United. Though Okugo appeared in the 85th minute against Houston and could work his way into the midfield rotation, MacMath isn't expected to see much time in goal behind Faryd Mondragon. That said, MacMath still was conflicted in leaving the team.
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February 25, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Union designated player Maurice Edu has yet to practice with the team following sports hernia surgery, and his availability for the March 6 Major League Soccer opener at FC Dallas is in doubt. "The fact that he hasn't been on the field, you can read into what you want," coach Jim Curtin said on Tuesday in a conference call. "It would be tough" for him to play on opening day. Curtin wouldn't say for sure that Edu, who is returning to the midfield after playing center back last year, will be unavailable for the opener.
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January 15, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The Union have plenty of moves to fill out their roster as they prepare for their seventh Major League Soccer season, and a big way of retooling will occur during Thursday's MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore. With two selections among the top six, expectations will be as high for the Union as they were in their inaugural season, 2010, when they had the first, sixth and seventh selections. The Union picked Danny Mwanga first, Amobi Okugo sixth and Jack McInerney seventh that year. While neither is still with the team, all had some degree of success, just not as much as originally expected as a group.
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December 12, 2014
THE UNION was forced to say goodbye to its promising 2014 first-round pick yesterday. With Major League Soccer adding two teams - Orlando City SC and New York City FC- for next year, an expansion draft was held to help fill their rosters. In the fourth round, Orlando plucked 24-year-old Pedro Ribeiro from the Union roster. Ribeiro, a 6-4 midfielder/forward who was selected 15th overall in 2014, split time with Harrisburg City - the Union's USL affiliate - and the Union. He joined the Union toward the end of the summer and made his debut on Aug. 15. In nine games, including three starts, Ribeiro scored two goals - including a game-winner against Sporting Kansas City on Oct. 18. Ribeiro is set to join former Union teammate Amobi Okugo in Orlando.
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December 10, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
IN A BUSY day as far as roster moves go, the Union parted ways with its lone 2010 original and also added a forward. The club yesterday traded midfielder Amobi Okugo to Orlando City SC for an undisclosed amount of allocation money and the expansion team's 2016 second-round draft pick. It also acquired C.J. Sapong, Major League Soccer's 2011 rookie of the year, from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for Philadelphia's best pick in next month's MLS SuperDraft. Sapong, who formerly played for Reading United, a Union developmental affiliate, will be 26 come the season.
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December 10, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union traded midfielder-defender Amobi Okugo, the only player who had been with the team since its inception in 2010, to expansion Orlando FC on Monday for a second-round pick in 2016 and allocation money. The Union also acquired forward C.J. Sapong from Sporting Kansas City for their highest pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Sapong, 25, had 20 goals and nine assists in four seasons with Kansas City. He was a regular early in his career but had just seven starts and two goals last season.
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October 25, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since the Union were eliminated from Major League Soccer playoff contention two weeks ago, interim manager Jim Curtin has spent even more time listening to the conversations in his locker room. He has taken a harder look at the way his players train. "It matters to me: Who are the guys that are kind of tuned out and thinking about offseason vacations?" Curtin said. "It's a full-time job. There are no breaks. " Curtin's reasons for close evaluation are about more than just bringing the season to a prideful end at Columbus on Sunday.
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October 17, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
AMOBI OKUGO could very well make his 100th start with the Union tomorrow night. But could it also be his last at PPL Park? Okugo, the lone member of the club for each of its five seasons, is one of several key Union players facing an uncertain future here. The skilled and versatile midfielder is playing on a contract that expires at season's end, which last Saturday's debacle against Columbus ensured to be a week from Sunday. With the end of Maurice Edu's 1-year loan from Stoke City looming - the Union has an option to purchase - and Conor Casey's contract also expiring, the front office has tough decisions ahead.
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October 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union had to settle for a disappointing tie Thursday against a team that is known for its ability to force a draw. After taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Amobi Okugo in the 88th minute, the Union couldn't hold on as Chicago's Robert Earnshaw scored in stoppage time during a 1-1 Major League Soccer draw before 14,838 at PPL Park. The Union are 9-10-12 for 39 points. They are in seventh place but two points behind the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with three games remaining.
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October 3, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
FOR WHATEVER reason, the Chicago Fire has found itself in a lot of close games this season. The club arrived in Philadelphia this week with 29 games under its belt, a whopping 16 of them finishing in draws. A draw was exactly a result the Union couldn't afford last night. Its playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Jim Curtin's squad needed to come away with three points to keep pace in the Eastern Conference standings. And after an 88th-minute goal from Amobi Okugo, it appeared the Union would leave Chester's PPL Park with a win. But in stoppage time, Chicago's Robert Earnshaw chipped a goal over Rais MBolhi to seal a heartbreaking, 1-1 draw that put a large dent in the Union's postseason aspirations.
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