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.
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.
October 9, 2014 |
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.
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 19, 2016 |
Saturday, 1 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. Records: Union: 6-3-5, 23 points; NYC FC: 4-5-6, 18 points. TV: The Comcast Network. Goals for: Union, 21; NYC, 22. Goals against: Union 16; NYC 29. Coaches: Union, Jim Curtin, 23-25-17; NYC, Patrick Vieira, 4-5-6. Union on the road: 1-3-3. NYC FC at home: 5-2-0. Last game: The Union beat the Harrisburg City Islanders, 3-2, in Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup fourth-round game at Talen Energy Stadium. NYC FC lost a 1-0 Open Cup decision to the New York Cosmos at Fordham University on Wednesday.