February 8, 2013
The Union will open their preseason in Florida at 6 p.m. Saturday with a matchup against the USL Pro Orlando City Lions in the opener of the eight-team Disney Pro Soccer Classic tournament. The Union are in Group A with Orlando and Major League Soccer's Toronto FC and Columbus Crew. In Group B are the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League and MLS sides D.C. United, the Montreal Impact, and Sporting Kansas City. Every group-stage game of the tournament will be streamed live on Philly.com's soccer blog at www.philly.com/tgk . The Union will play Columbus at 1 p.m. Wednesday and face Toronto at 3 p.m. Feb. 16. The consolation and title games will be Feb. 23. In addition to the tournament, the Union will play exhibitions against the Impact in Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, and against United at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in Deltona, Fla. The Union will open the MLS season against Sporting at PPL Park in Chester at 4 p.m. March 2. TV schedule.
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.
September 25, 1998 |
Official notice: If you have a vacant lot with room for 22 soccer players and 20,000 futbol-happy spectators, call the offices of Major League Soccer. They may call back. Approaching the end of its third season, MLS is no closer to coming to Philadelphia for the same reason it didn't place a franchise here to begin with. There's no place to play. What is changing is the willingness of MLS to wait around for a new stadium to be built so it can be a tenant, share some luxury boxes, and play on grass.
September 16, 2011
As far as anniversaries go, the Union didn't expect to be celebrating one that arrives Saturday. When the Union host the Columbus Crew in Saturday's 7:30 p.m. Major League Soccer matchup at PPL Park in Chester, it will mark the two-month anniversary of their last win. It's hard to believe that the last time the Union earned three points was with a 3-0 win at the New England Revolution on July 17. Since then, the Union are 0-3-5. What is amazing is that the Union are still very much alive in the playoff race, one that has no shortage of contenders.
August 30, 2012 |
CALL IT pilfering. It's what the Columbus Crew came in and did to a Union side desperately looking for three points at home. With a minute to go in second-half stoppage, Crew forward Eddie Gaven coolly tapped home a low cross from midfielder Justin Meram to steal a 2-1 win in front of 16,568 in attendance at PPL Park, inching ever closer to securing the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Crew (11-8-6, 39 points) is tied with Montreal for fifth in points.
April 13, 2012
He is finally healthy and rested after competing for the United States under-23 team, and the Union have never needed Freddy Adu to step up more than now. The Union are 0-3-1 heading into Saturday's 3:30 p.m. matchup with the Columbus Crew at PPL Park in Chester. In the four games, the Union have scored just two goals. Adu's acquisition last August came amid much fanfare, but he never hit his stride, as an ankle injury left him at less than 100 percent. Adu had two goals and an assist in 11 regular-season games for the Union.
March 21, 2014 |
WITH TWO games under its belt, the Union has gone more than 180 minutes without trailing in a match this season. Tomorrow, the Union will look to extend that streak while earning its second victory of the young season. The Union (1-0-1) will be matched against the Columbus Crew (1-0-0) at Crew Stadium (6 p.m.). Midfielder Brian Carroll, now in his fourth season with the Union, spent three seasons with Columbus from 2008-10. After being scratched from last Saturday's match because of the flu, Carroll's return comes at a perfect time for the Union.
March 28, 2014 |
HEEDING HIS coaches' advice after the last Major League Soccer season, midfielder Leo Fernandes set out in the offseason to try to become the Union's fittest player. News of the team's acquisitions of Maurice Edu, Cristian Maidana and Vincent Nogueira rendered only more incentive to grind it out while training. Thus far in the young MLS season it has paid dividends for Fernandes, playing his best soccer since the Union selected him in the fourth round of last year's Supplemental Draft.
April 6, 2013
When/Where: Saturday, 5 p.m. at Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. TV: Live Well Network. Records: Union (2-2, 6 points); Columbus (2-1-1, 7 points). Union on the road: 1-1. Columbus at home: 0-0-1. Goals for: Union 5; Columbus 7. Goals against: Union 6; Columbus 4. Last MLS outing: The Union suffered a 2-1 loss against the host New York Red Bulls last Saturday. The Crew won, 2-1, at D.C. United on March 23. About the Union: Union team manager John Hackworth wouldn't say if 33-year-old Brazilian midfielder Kléberson would make his debut, but he's been practicing with the team, and it would surprise nobody if he plays.
May 16, 1999 |
The Columbus Crew opened their new stadium with a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution in a Major League Soccer game last night. Jeff Cunningham and Stern John scored.