October 24, 2011 |
The time of the Union's home MLS playoff game on Sunday at PPL Park against the Houston Dynamo is going to be either 4 or 5 p.m., but it won't be determined until after Thursday. Sunday will be the first game of a two-game Eastern Conference semifinal series with Houston. The second game is set for Nov. 3 at Houston beginning at 8:30 p.m. The playoffs begin on Wednesday with the wild-card round when the New York Red Bulls visit FC Dallas. On Thursday, the second wild-card game will be staged between the Columbus Crew and host Colorado Rapids.
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.
October 22, 2011 |
The Chicago Fire have done the Union a huge favor. With the Fire's 3-2 win on Saturday night over Columbus, 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.
September 17, 2011
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Columbus Crew (11-10-7, 41 points) at Union (8-7-12, 36 points) 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at PPL Park, Chester. TV: TCN Last MLS game: Columbus played the Houston Dynamo to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday. The Union and the Portland Timbers played to a scoreless draw last Saturday. Outlook: The Union are 0-3-5 in their last eight games. . . . English defender Joe Tait has been signed from from USL Professional Division's Dayton Dutch Lions after a three-week trial with the Union..
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.
September 16, 2011 |
Peter Nowak isn't scared of the Crew. He's got a posse of his own - and, according to the Union boss, one that costs considerably less. Sure, Columbus has taken over the top spot in MLS' Eastern Conference, a spot the Union held for a third of the season. But Nowak asks that with all of the Crew's supersized, high-priced personnel what does it have to show for it? "Look at Columbus and us and compare both teams," Nowak said. "They have big targets that they have paid a lot of money for and what is the production?
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.
August 19, 2011 |
YES, THIS is a big game. There are still 11 games to play and 2 months to go in MLS' regular season, but take Danny Califf's word that the Union's match with the Columbus Crew tomorrow night is a big game . "It's the most important game of the season so far," Califf said. "It's not too early enough in the season to be saying it. We're approaching it in that manner. " The game in Columbus matters because first place in the Eastern Conference is on the line. The Union, which has never been below second place in the standings all season, is 8-5-10 for 34 points, while the Crew has 37 points from a 10-7-7 record.
August 19, 2011
While coaches preach that all games are of equal importance, the Union will be excused for taking a different view Saturday when they visit the Columbus Crew. Columbus (10-7-7) is in first place in the Eastern Conference with 37 points. The Union (8-5-10) are in second place with 34 points and have a game in hand. The Union have 11 games remaining and Columbus 10. "It's a big game, a six-pointer," said Union defender Danny Califf. "From here on out, Eastern Conference games are six-pointers with how tight the conference is. " By six-pointers, Califf is referring to the fact that a team receives three points for a win (and one for a draw)
October 23, 2010 |
The Union, who began training for their first Major League Soccer season in late January, will see the inaugural campaign conclude with Sunday's 4 p.m. matchup in Ohio against the Columbus Crew. Despite an up-and-down season, the Union (8-14-7) have played well down the stretch. In their last nine games, the Union are 4-3-2 and are coming off last Saturday's 2-1 home win over the East Conference champion New York Red Bulls. "We want to continue the momentum," Union assistant coach John Hackworth said in a phone interview.