March 22, 2013
The Week in Soccer Bolivia at Colombia 4 p.m. Friday (beIN Sport) While World Cup host Brazil is automatically in, South America qualifying goes on. Colombia, with former Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón and defender Carlos Valdés, faces a Bolivian squad featuring Gremio star Marcelo Martins Moreno. Mexico at Honduras 5 p.m. Friday (Telemundo) Fresh off a victory over the United States in San Pedro Sula's raucous Estadio Olimpico, Honduras and Wigan ball hawk Roger Espinoza now look to beat Mexico and Manchester United striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernández a second straight time.
August 19, 2011 |
YES, THIS is a big game. There are still 11 games to play and 2 months to go in MLS' regular season, but take Danny Califf's word that the Union's match with the Columbus Crew tomorrow night is a big game . "It's the most important game of the season so far," Califf said. "It's not too early enough in the season to be saying it. We're approaching it in that manner. " The game in Columbus matters because first place in the Eastern Conference is on the line. The Union, which has never been below second place in the standings all season, is 8-5-10 for 34 points, while the Crew has 37 points from a 10-7-7 record.
April 8, 2012
Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored twice to become the first player since 1973 with 60 goals in a season for a club in a major European soccer league, leading his team to a 4-1 road win over Zaragoza. The last to reach 60 was Bayern Munich's Gerd Mueller with 67 in 1972-73. In the English Premier League, American striker Clint Dempsey scored twice as Fulham beat host Bolton Wanderers, 3-0. Elsewhere, Sunderland's Craig Gardner made a brilliant late tackle on a goal-bound Gareth Bale to preserve a 0-0 tie and weaken the visiting Spurs' top-four status.
October 23, 2010 |
The Union, who began training for their first Major League Soccer season in late January, will see the inaugural campaign conclude with Sunday's 4 p.m. matchup in Ohio against the Columbus Crew. Despite an up-and-down season, the Union (8-14-7) have played well down the stretch. In their last nine games, the Union are 4-3-2 and are coming off last Saturday's 2-1 home win over the East Conference champion New York Red Bulls. "We want to continue the momentum," Union assistant coach John Hackworth said in a phone interview.
October 22, 2011 |
The Chicago Fire have done the Union a huge favor. With the Fire's 3-2 win on Saturday night over Columbus, the Union have clinched one of the top three berths in the Eastern Conference and thus avoided playing in the wild-card round of the Major League Soccer playoffs. The top three teams in the Eastern and Western Conference earn first-round byes and then the next four highest teams, regardless of conference, earn the wild-card positions. The wild-card games are this Wednesday and Thursday.
October 23, 2011 |
The Chicago Fire have done the Union a huge favor. With the Fire's 3-2 win on Saturday night over Columbus in Bridgeview, Ill., the Union have clinched one of the top three berths in the Eastern Conference and thus avoided playing in the wild-card round of the Major League Soccer playoffs. The top three teams in the Eastern and Western Conference earn first-round byes, and then the next four highest teams, regardless of conference, earn the wild-card positions. The wild-card games are this Wednesday and Thursday.
August 21, 2011 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A questionable call was decisive in the battle for first place in the Eastern Conference as the Union lost to the Columbus Crew, 2-1, Saturday night. Defender Sheanon Williams was called for a hand ball in the box in the 49th minute. Crew forward Andres Mendoza buried the winning goal on the ensuing penalty kick. "It's physically impossible to see from the angle that the referee was running," team manager Peter Nowak said. "And, to make a call like that in a game like that, it's a little bit too much.
September 1, 2012
What: Union (7-13-4, 25 points) at New England Revolution (6-14-6, 24 points) Where: Gillette Stadium When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday TV: Comcast SportsNet Coaches: Union, John Hackworth (5-6-2); New England, Jay Heaps (6-14-6) Union on the road: 2-7-2 New England at home: 5-4-4 Goals for: Union 25, New England 33 Goals against: Union 30, New England 38. Previous meeting this year: The Union beat New England, 2-1, on July 29 at PPL Park.
February 9, 2013
Rafael Nadal won his first of two matches Friday in a test of his sore left knee, defeating fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver , 6-1, 6-4, to reach the semifinals of the VTR Open in Chile. Nadal had not played for seven months until he took the court earlier this week in the Pacific coastal resort city. With a doubles match set for later Friday, Nadal will have played five matches in four days. He's yet to lose a set. Li Na pulled out of next week's Qatar Open because of the ankle injury she sustained in the Australian Open final.
October 4, 2013 |
THE UNION has four games remaining. They currently are in possession of the last playoff spot in the MLS Eastern Conference. Both the Columbus Crew and New England Revolution are nipping at their heels for the spot, which is why the team knows the importance of the final stretch. Manager John Hackworth has his own formula for what he believes will get the Union into the playoffs. He believes that after their upset win last week over Sporting Kansas City, they need six or seven points over their next four games to secure a spot.