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August 30, 2012
What: Columbus Crew (10-8-6, 36 points) at Union (7-12-4, 25 points) When: 8 p.m. Wednesday at PPL Park, Chester TV/radio: The Comcast Network. WIP-AM 610. Columbus on the road: 3-5-4 Union at home: 5-5-2. Goals for: Columbus 29, Union 24 Goals against: Columbus 28, Union 28. Previous meeting this year: The Union beat Columbus, 1-0, on April 14 at PPL Park. Gabriel Gomez's penalty kick was the lone score. Most recent MLS game: Columbus overcame a 2-0 deficit to score a 4-3 home win over New England.
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September 16, 2011 | By Kerith Gabriel, gabrielk@phillynews.com
Peter Nowak isn't scared of the Crew. He's got a posse of his own - and, according to the Union boss, one that costs considerably less. Sure, Columbus has taken over the top spot in MLS' Eastern Conference, a spot the Union held for a third of the season. But Nowak asks that with all of the Crew's supersized, high-priced personnel what does it have to show for it? "Look at Columbus and us and compare both teams," Nowak said. "They have big targets that they have paid a lot of money for and what is the production?
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August 19, 2011
While coaches preach that all games are of equal importance, the Union will be excused for taking a different view Saturday when they visit the Columbus Crew. Columbus (10-7-7) is in first place in the Eastern Conference with 37 points. The Union (8-5-10) are in second place with 34 points and have a game in hand. The Union have 11 games remaining and Columbus 10. "It's a big game, a six-pointer," said Union defender Danny Califf. "From here on out, Eastern Conference games are six-pointers with how tight the conference is. " By six-pointers, Califf is referring to the fact that a team receives three points for a win (and one for a draw)
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September 19, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The New York/New Jersey MetroStars clinched a spot in the Major League Soccer playoffs with a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew last night. Antony DeAvila got the goal for the MetroStars, who are third in the MLS Eastern Division standings. TAMPA BAY 2, SAN JOSE 1 SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Mutiny won it on the shootout after Tampa's Roy Lassiter tied the score in the second half with his league-leading 25th goal of the season.
SPORTS
July 12, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The New England Revolution scored a 2-1 shoot-out victory over the Columbus Crew last night in a Major League Soccer game, after trailing well into the second half. Columbus took a 1-0 lead late in the first half, on a goal by U.S. national team veteran Paul Caligiuri. It wasn't until the 78th minute of the game that New England tied the score on a goal by Ted Chronopoulos. The Revs then won the shoot-out by 3-2, with New England goalkeeper Jim St. Andre making three saves, to get one point in the MLS standings.
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May 3, 1996 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Kansas City Wiz came back from a two-goal deficit with four straight second-half goals to score a 6-4 victory over the Columbus Crew in a Major League Soccer game last night. Preki and Mo Johnston each scored two goals for Kansas City as the Wiz moved into second place in the MLS Western Division. Columbus led, 4-2, before Preki narrowed the margin by scoring on a penalty kick in the 67th minute. The Wiz then gained the victory with goals by Mike Sorber in the 77th minute, Johnston in the 80th, and Preki again in the 88th.
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May 16, 1996 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Former West Deptford High School star Steve Rammel scored three goals as D.C. United beat the Columbus Crew, 5-2, in a Major League Soccer game last night. Rammel's three goals were the first hat trick in the brief history of MLS, which now has played 31 games since its inaugural season began on April 6. His third goal, which was his fifth of the season, briefly tied him with Brian McBride of Columbus as the league's top goal-scorer, but McBride got his sixth goal of the season 19 minutes later.
SPORTS
June 20, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Colorado Rapids picked up a point in the standings, not enough to escape the Western Division cellar, with a shoot-out victory over the Columbus Crew in a Major League Soccer game last night. The two teams had played a 2-2 tie in regulation time. Colorado got its goals from a pair of U.S. national team defenders, with Steve Trittschuh scoring in the 44th minute and Marcelo Balboa in the 48th. But Columbus, which had taken a 1-0 lead on a goal by Billy Thompson in the 31st minute, got another from Marcelo Carerra in the 58th to force the shoot-out.
SPORTS
September 8, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Brian Maisonneuve scored three goals last night as the Columbus Crew beat the Kansas City Wiz, 5-1, to improve to 13-16 in Major League Soccer. Marcelo Carrera opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a left-footed kick to the upper corner of the net, and Maisonneuve made it 2-0 in the 39th minute. Maisonneuve's second score came three minutes into the second half. Preki scored for the Wiz (17-14) in the 54th minute, but Pete Marino restored the Crew's three-goal margin off a goal-area scramble in the 80th minute.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
WITH THE Union out of postseason contention, local soccer fans and members of the media alike have already began to ponder the pressing offseason questions and look ahead to 2015. They're not the only ones. "I'd say the second we were eliminated from the playoffs [on Oct. 11] you start to think about the next year," said interim manager Jim Curtin, who could soon see that interim tag removed. "You have to. This game moves fast. It waits for no one. We have a good idea of the guys we're going to protect already [in the Dec. 10 MLS Expansion Draft]
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October 21, 2014
FOR THE FOURTH time in 5 years, soccer fans in Philadelphia won't witness the hometown club in the MLS playoffs. But at the very least, the Union sent the PPL Park regulars out with a win. "I know we came up short and the focus now, the only word I use around the guys is playoffs for next year," Union interim manager Jim Curtin said after Saturday night's home finale, a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City. "We're not going to talk about championships or anything like that. We're talking about the playoffs for 2015 and that's the goal.
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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 16, 2014 | BY JOHN SMALLWOOD, Daily News Staff Writer smallwj@phillynews.com
THERE IS still no scheduled official announcement. That might not occur until after the Union finishes its season at the Columbus Crew on Oct. 26. But yesterday in a conversation with the Daily News, Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz all but affirmed the widely held belief that interim Union manager Jim Curtin will have that tag removed and keep his job for the 2015 season. While discussing the current state of the franchise and the disappointment in missing the MLS playoffs for the fourth time in its five seasons, Sakiewicz said he expects that the Union will have a "significant" roster shake-up in the offseason, then added, "You can quote me that Jim Curtin, [assistant coach Mike Sorber]
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a span of about five minutes, and it signaled the meaningful end of the Union's season. With the Union holding a 2-0 lead after Andrew Wenger scored in the 75th minute, they were jolted by a three-goal flurry that ensured they would miss the MLS playoffs for the fourth time in their five-year existence. That display of offense led the Columbus Crew to a 3-2 win over the Union before a stunned crowd of 15,849 at PPL Park. With the loss and the New York Red Bulls' win over Toronto on Saturday, the Union were eliminated from playoff consideration with two games remaining.
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October 11, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union are in need of offense, and the reinforcements appear ready to help in a must-win game against the Columbus Crew on Saturday at PPL Park. Trailing Columbus by four points for the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with three games left, the Union have no margin for error. And although things could change, it appears that the Union's two leading goal scorers will return for the game. Sebastien Le Toux, who has a team-high 12 goals, and Conor Casey, who has scored eight, missed the 1-1 draw with the visiting Chicago Fire on Oct. 2. Le Toux has been battling an ankle injury, and Casey has tendinitis in one of his knees.
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October 10, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE UNION players walk through the tunnel and onto the PPL Park pitch tomorrow night, it could be the start of their last meaningful game of this up-and-down season. It's up to them to make sure their following two weekends carry the same importance as this one. There's no way around it - the Union (9-10-12) needs three points against the Columbus Crew (11-10-10) to keep its already slim postseason hopes alive. A loss and a New York Red Bulls win against Toronto FC tomorrow would mathematically eliminate the club from contention.
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October 9, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zac MacMath is back in goal, a place that the confident fourth-year Union keeper never felt he should have left. "You take that and use it as a chip on your shoulder, more reason to prove people wrong and prove that I deserve to be a starter," MacMath said Tuesday about his demotion. The Union's interim manager, Jim Curtin, said MacMath would be in goal for Saturday's crucial game with the Columbus Crew at PPL Park after the team made the expected announcement that Rais Mbolhi would be joining Algeria to compete in the African Cup of Nations.
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September 9, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE UNION'S playoff push reached new heights over the weekend, ensuring that the club entered this week in its best Eastern Conference standing of the season. After capping a home-and-home sweep of Toronto FC with Saturday's 2-0 victory, the Union was tied for third place in the 10-team conference. With 36 points, it entered this week ahead of its next opponent, the New York Red Bulls (34) and Toronto (33) in the standings, though the Philly club has one more game than each of those teams.
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March 28, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
HEEDING HIS coaches' advice after the last Major League Soccer season, midfielder Leo Fernandes set out in the offseason to try to become the Union's fittest player. News of the team's acquisitions of Maurice Edu, Cristian Maidana and Vincent Nogueira rendered only more incentive to grind it out while training. Thus far in the young MLS season it has paid dividends for Fernandes, playing his best soccer since the Union selected him in the fourth round of last year's Supplemental Draft.
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