September 14, 2015 |
The Columbus Crew's Kei Kamara leaped for a contested ball less than seven minutes into the game against the Union on Saturday night and didn't immediately get up. He received some medical attention; limped to the Columbus bench at PPL Park; and, after almost two minutes, returned to his forward position on the field. That was the only time Kamara was down all night. Over the ensuing 20 minutes, he delivered two goals and a significant blow to the Union's playoffs hopes in Columbus' 2-1 win. The loss dropped the Union to 8-15-6 on the season.
June 6, 2015 |
It might seem like a difficult task to play three soccer games in an eight-day span, but Union coach Jim Curtin can't wait for his team to return to the field. And he won't have much time to wait either. Fresh off Wednesday's 3-0 win over the visiting Columbus Crew, the Union play host to New York City FC during Saturday's 7 p.m. Eastern Conference Major League Soccer game at PPL Park. This is the finale of the three-game stretch, which began with last Saturday's 2-1 loss at the Eastern Conference's first-place team, D.C. United.
June 5, 2015 |
After playing arguably their worst game of the season in a 4-1 loss at Columbus on April 25, the Union put together their most impressive performance against the same team Wednesday night and continued to show signs that this disappointing season could be turning around. Goals by C.J. Sapong, Vincent Nogueira, and Sebastien Le Toux powered the Union to a 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew before 15,374 fans at PPL Park. The Union (4-8-3) are 3-1 in their last four games and look like a far different team from the one that floundered five weeks ago in Columbus.
June 5, 2015 |
SHEANON WILLIAMS took a pass from fellow defender Maurice Edu in his own half and raced up the right side of the PPL Park field. Williams turned on the boosters and danced by two defenders, getting all the way into the box to find Sebastien Le Toux with a quick crossing pass, and the Frenchman found the back of the net. It was Le Toux's second game in a row with a goal after not scoring in the team's first 13. It was the 58th minute. And the remaining 32-plus didn't matter. The Union had just scored its second goal in seven minutes to take a 3-0 lead over a Columbus Crew team that pounded the Union, 4-1, on April 25. The 3-0 score held final.
October 29, 2014 |
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]
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.
October 17, 2014 |
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.
October 16, 2014 |
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]
October 13, 2014 |
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.
October 11, 2014 |
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.