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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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August 24, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Ansil Elcock scored on a rebound in the 87th minute to give the Columbus Crew a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution in a Major League Soccer game last night. Elcock's goal came after New England goalkeeper Jeff Causey had been pulled out of position in blocking an earlier shot. Elcock shot into an empty net from outside the penalty area. The victory lifted the Crew past the Revs into third place in the MLS Eastern Conference standings. Columbus has 29 points and New England has 28. The win was Columbus' third in three games against New England this season.
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September 17, 2011
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Columbus Crew (11-10-7, 41 points) at Union (8-7-12, 36 points) 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at PPL Park, Chester. TV: TCN   Last MLS game: Columbus played the Houston Dynamo to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday. The Union and the Portland Timbers played to a scoreless draw last Saturday. Outlook: The Union are 0-3-5 in their last eight games. . . . English defender Joe Tait has been signed from from USL Professional Division's Dayton Dutch Lions after a three-week trial with the Union..
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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.
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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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June 3, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Talen Energy Stadium got a workout over the weekend and Union sporting director Earnie Stewart is not happy about it. After the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament, the pitch needed a little manicuring. Although the field didn't look too bad for Wednesday's Major League Soccer game against the Columbus Crew, it wasn't up to Stewart's standards. "Lacrosse was in our stadium this last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and it's been difficult for me," Stewart told reporters before the game.
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August 19, 2011 | by Frank Bertucci, bertucf@phillynews.com
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.
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August 11, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Alejandro Bedoya, the U.S. national team midfielder and recent addition to the Union, answered a question with a question Tuesday as to why he has surfaced with Philadelphia's Major League Soccer team. When asked why Philadelphia, the 29-year-old Bedoya replied, "Why not?" That drew laughter, but Bedoya got serious. He had played his entire professional career in Europe, and the product of Englewood, N.J., wanted to come home. "I wanted to be able to be back in the States.
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October 23, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, INQURIER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
October 22, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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