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.
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.
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.
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.