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.
November 27, 2013 |
Major League Soccer released the schedule for the 2014 season on Monday, with the Union opening their season on March 8 on the road against the Portland Timbers as part of a seven-match opening day. The league will take a two-week break from June 12 to 25 during the World Cup in Brazil, and the regular season ends on Oct. 26. The Union's slate features 23 Saturday games, the most since the team began MLS play in 2010. Eight Union games will be shown on national TV, including a prime-time matchup against the New York Red Bulls on July 16 on ESPN2.
October 10, 2014 |
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.
November 24, 2008 |
Guillermo Barros Schelotto assisted on all three Columbus Crew goals yesterday in a 3-1 MLS Cup victory over the New York Red Bulls in Carson, Calif. The 35-year-old Argentinian received the game's MVP award to go with the regular-season MVP trophy he picked up earlier in the week. Columbus coach Sigi Schmid hoisted the Cup in the home stadium of the Los Angeles Galaxy, a team that fired him in 2004. Columbus and New York were original members of the MLS when it began in 1996, and both were playing in the league championship for the first time.
October 30, 2011 |
Union midfielder Brian Carroll kept an impressive postseason streak alive when the Union qualified for their first-ever Major League Soccer playoff berth. Now in his ninth MLS season and first with the Union, Carroll has been a member of teams that qualified for the postseason each year. While he didn't play in the playoffs his first year with D.C. United in 2003, since then he has appeared in 18 playoff games and started each one. Carroll was on two MLS Cup champions, with D.C. United in 2004 and the Columbus Crew in 2008.