April 14, 2012
The Union have lost their spark for the next six to eight weeks. Midfielder Roger Torres, 19, had surgery Friday morning to repair meniscus damage in his left knee, suffered after he sprained his MCL in Monday's 4-2 reserve win over New England. Torres' role on the Union has been as the second-half offensive firecracker, generally entering late in matches. He assisted Lionard Pajoy on the Union's second goal of the season against Colorado in Week 2. The Union purchased the rights of Torres from Colombian first-division club America de Cali in the offseason.
April 15, 2013
Trey Burke , the Associated Press men's player of the year, is leaving Michigan early for the NBA draft. Burke led Michigan to the NCAA title game as a sophomore. The 6-foot point guard averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game this season. He made perhaps the most memorable shot of the NCAA tournament, a long three-pointer in the final seconds against Kansas that sent the regional semifinal to overtime. Connecticut's latest victory parade had a French Quarter feel to it. About 10,000 fans lined Hartford's Bushnell Park on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon to cheer the national champion UConn women as they passed by on the top of a double-decker bus, tossing Mardi Gras beads to the crowd.
April 6, 2012
Lost sometimes amid all the skill players in soccer, at any level, is the importance of the grinders, the ones willing to do the grunt work. The Union knew all about that while losing their first three Major League Soccer games this season. And even though they didn't win the fourth game, that scoreless tie on Saturday with Vancouver at least halted the losing. After the game, team manager Peter Nowak talked about the team's renewed dedication to toughening up. "[From]
April 20, 2012
Danny Mwanga says he feels no extra pressure, and nobody expected a different response. Still, the Union have acquired German forward Kai Herdling, who is on loan through June 30 with the option to stay the entire season. While Herdling could also be used as an attacking midfielder, the Union are obviously bringing him in to spice up an offense that has scored three goals in five games. At 1-3-1, the Union have plenty of time to right the ship, but how much time does Mwanga have?
June 7, 2013 |
UNION CAPTAIN Brian Carroll may not be the most recognized player on the team's 27-man roster, but the 31-year-old veteran midfielder was a difference-maker last night at PPL Park. The Union defeated the Columbus Crew, 3-0, behind three first- half goals, the first of which was scored by Carroll. "Overall as a group, our commitment to defense was probably our best," Carroll said. "Whether that's personally my best game or not, I don't really worry about that. I just worry about the team playing well, getting better and getting the result we did tonight.
June 7, 2013 |
It was the most explosive sequence in the Union's four-year history. Three first-half goals in six minutes propelled the Union to a 3-0 Major League Soccer victory over the Columbus Crew before 16,113 Wednesday night at PPL Park in Chester. The Union (6-5-4) had captured each of their previous five wins by one goal. "I am careful in trying not to make too big a deal of a game one way or another, but I think this one was the kind of game we needed," Union team manager John Hackworth said.
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 11, 2014 |
The Union are in need of offense, and the reinforcements appear ready to help in a must-win game against the Columbus Crew on Saturday at PPL Park. Trailing Columbus by four points for the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with three games left, the Union have no margin for error. And although things could change, it appears that the Union's two leading goal scorers will return for the game. Sebastien Le Toux, who has a team-high 12 goals, and Conor Casey, who has scored eight, missed the 1-1 draw with the visiting Chicago Fire on Oct. 2. Le Toux has been battling an ankle injury, and Casey has tendinitis in one of his knees.
October 13, 2014 |
It was a span of about five minutes, and it signaled the meaningful end of the Union's season. With the Union holding a 2-0 lead after Andrew Wenger scored in the 75th minute, they were jolted by a three-goal flurry that ensured they would miss the MLS playoffs for the fourth time in their five-year existence. That display of offense led the Columbus Crew to a 3-2 win over the Union before a stunned crowd of 15,849 at PPL Park. With the loss and the New York Red Bulls' win over Toronto on Saturday, the Union were eliminated from playoff consideration with two games remaining.
August 8, 2012 |
A CORONER said signs pointed to "an apparent natural death" pending results from toxicology tests and on other tissue after an autopsy performed on Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso on Monday. The 22-year-old Urso was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. Sunday at Grant Medical Center after collapsing at a downtown Columbus bar and restaurant. Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said toxicology tests will not be finalized for 4 to 6 weeks. "It's leaning toward an apparent natural death, but we don't know why," Gorniak said.