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April 13, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is little time for sentimentality in sports, with players coming and going all the time. But a Major League Soccer homecoming on Saturday - when Danny Califf and Toronto FC face the Union at PPL Park - should prompt some emotion. Califf was the team's first captain, and as a central defender was vital in the Union's earning a playoff berth in 2011, their second season. He was well-liked in the community and a face of the franchise. Califf fell out of favor with former team manager Peter Nowak, which didn't exactly put him in select company, and he was traded in May to Chivas USA. Now he is with Toronto and, after missing last week's 2-2 draw with FC Dallas with the flu, is eagerly anticipating a return to PPL Park.
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June 11, 2011 | By Tim Rohan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two-year-old Jude Califf sat at the back of the gym and recognized his father, Union defender Danny Califf, up on the stage. He told his grandmother he wanted to go up front. So Jude's mom picked him up, marched straight to the front of the room, and plopped Jude down right next to his big sister, Paige, and right in front of his father. Califf was reading on Friday afternoon to nearly 420 students of Indian Lane Elementary School in Media as part of a program to encourage kids to read.
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April 1, 2011
Last year, the Union didn't record their first shutout until their 23d game, and finished their inaugural Major League Soccer season with just two. In a 2-0 start to 2011, the Union already have matched last year's shutout total, winning at Houston, 1-0, and then defeating Vancouver, 1-0, in Saturday's home opener at PPL Park. Those who were there last year look at this season's shutouts at a different angle from first-year Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who no doubt has given the team more confidence after last season's inconsistent work by the keepers.
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April 1, 2011 | By Kerith Gabriel
IT'S A statement game. The fans know it; the coaches and players have said it. Tomorrow night, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the Union will try to improve to 3-0 when it meets the star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy. A strong performance will further reinforce the notion that all the offseason moves have made this franchise for real. Union capo Peter Nowak, who on Wednesday was made boss of all bosses when he donned the lengthy title of executive vice president of soccer operations, told the press matter of factly that "this is a big game for us. " It's one that will speak volumes given the Galaxy's firepower.
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March 16, 2011 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
Carlos Ruiz' tone yesterday was of a player who realizes that his experience and skill needs to hold more weight than his words. Already an MLS legend with 82 goals to his credit during time in Los Angeles, Dallas and Toronto, the 31-year-old Ruiz landed in Philadelphia after a 3-year stint in South America, Mexico and Europe. He arrived via free transfer from Greek top-tier club Aris Thessaloniki on Feb. 22 amid scrutiny on whether he still had gas left in his goal-scoring tank, and if he learned to curb comments that previously had gotten him into hot water.
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April 4, 2011
David Beckham does not get as many touches during a game as he did during his glory days with Manchester United and Real Madrid, but he's made the most of them during his time with the Los Angeles Galaxy. One of those touches came on one of his patented set pieces, which he dumped in front of the Union's net, where Leonardo headed the ball home in the game's 33rd minute. The Union suffered its first defeat of the seaon, 1-0, on Saturday night at Carson, Calif. That was more than enough offense for the Galaxy, since the Union was not credited with a shot on goal, even though they played the game's last 37 minutes with a man advantage.
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February 15, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defender Chris Albright has been a longtime Major League Soccer starter, a three-time all-star, and a three-time champion, so the Penn Charter graduate has pretty much done it all during his career. Now the Philadelphia native is getting the chance at another first - coming home. Albright, who signed Monday as a free agent with the Union, is ecstatic that the latest of the five MLS teams he has played for is in his backyard. "It's always been a dream of mine, obviously, to come home and play, but the timing was right at this point and it made sense for myself and, more importantly, the organization," Albright said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters.
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April 14, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Union continued to pepper shots on goal and finally cashed in on their relentless pressure after 93 minutes. Jack McInerney tapped in a shot from Conor Casey in injury time, giving the Union (2-2-2) a 1-1 tie in Saturday's physical Major League Soccer game with FC Toronto before 17,182 at PPL Park in Chester. "It's a good feeling and the crowd is going crazy and I am sure they loved it _ but this is a game you have to win and looking back later in the season it will be disappointing," McInerney said.
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April 1, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Union midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi talks about last year's game in Los Angeles against the Galaxy, all he sees is red. The Union lost, 3-1, in the May 1 game at the Home Depot Center, dropping their record to 1-4. In that game, Los Angeles owned a 3-0 halftime lead. During the 45th minute, Miglioranzi earned a red card for a hard tackle. "It was my second red card in a 13-year career, and I don't think it will ever happen again," Miglioranzi said. "I am not that type of player.
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May 11, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Beckham won't be playing, but the Union insist that there won't be a letdown when they face the Los Angeles Galaxy in a Major League Soccer game Wednesday night at PPL Park. With his team in the middle of playing three games in eight days, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena decided to leave Beckham in Los Angeles. The Galaxy (4-2-4) played the visiting New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw on Saturday and return home this Saturday to host Sporting Kansas City. So Beckham, who is earning $6.5 million as MLS's highest-paid player, got the game off. Of course, the Union realize that the Galaxy have many more weapons than just Beckham.
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April 14, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Union continued to pepper shots on goal and finally cashed in on their relentless pressure after 93 minutes. Jack McInerney tapped in a shot from Conor Casey in injury time, giving the Union (2-2-2) a 1-1 tie in Saturday's physical Major League Soccer game with FC Toronto before 17,182 at PPL Park in Chester. "It's a good feeling and the crowd is going crazy and I am sure they loved it _ but this is a game you have to win and looking back later in the season it will be disappointing," McInerney said.
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April 13, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is little time for sentimentality in sports, with players coming and going all the time. But a Major League Soccer homecoming on Saturday - when Danny Califf and Toronto FC face the Union at PPL Park - should prompt some emotion. Califf was the team's first captain, and as a central defender was vital in the Union's earning a playoff berth in 2011, their second season. He was well-liked in the community and a face of the franchise. Califf fell out of favor with former team manager Peter Nowak, which didn't exactly put him in select company, and he was traded in May to Chivas USA. Now he is with Toronto and, after missing last week's 2-2 draw with FC Dallas with the flu, is eagerly anticipating a return to PPL Park.
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May 18, 2012 | By Kerith Gabriel, Daily News Staff Writer
Danny Califf is going back to California. At his weekly news conference Wednesday at PPL Park in Chester, Union boss Peter Nowak ended the speculation surrounding the stalwart defender and team captain. Pending Major League Soccer approval and other paperwork, the 32-year-old Califf, a California native who started his pro career with the Galaxy, is headed back to Los Angeles via a trade to Chivas USA in exchange for a player to be named and cash. "We are still in the process of concluding [the deal]
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February 15, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defender Chris Albright has been a longtime Major League Soccer starter, a three-time all-star, and a three-time champion, so the Penn Charter graduate has pretty much done it all during his career. Now the Philadelphia native is getting the chance at another first - coming home. Albright, who signed Monday as a free agent with the Union, is ecstatic that the latest of the five MLS teams he has played for is in his backyard. "It's always been a dream of mine, obviously, to come home and play, but the timing was right at this point and it made sense for myself and, more importantly, the organization," Albright said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters.
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September 23, 2011 | By Kerith Gabriel, gabrielk@phillynews.com
Very quietly, now that the weight of the Union is no longer resting squarely upon his shoulders, Danny Califf is having one of his finest seasons as a professional. Though nominated, he wasn't named to this year's MLS All-Star team. He still wears the captain's armband, but only because the customary captain, goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, hasn't returned from a fractured right finger. But for Califf, being able to go about his work and focus solely on his role has allowed him to lead by example - and his teammates have taken notice.
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June 11, 2011 | By Tim Rohan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two-year-old Jude Califf sat at the back of the gym and recognized his father, Union defender Danny Califf, up on the stage. He told his grandmother he wanted to go up front. So Jude's mom picked him up, marched straight to the front of the room, and plopped Jude down right next to his big sister, Paige, and right in front of his father. Califf was reading on Friday afternoon to nearly 420 students of Indian Lane Elementary School in Media as part of a program to encourage kids to read.
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May 11, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Beckham won't be playing, but the Union insist that there won't be a letdown when they face the Los Angeles Galaxy in a Major League Soccer game Wednesday night at PPL Park. With his team in the middle of playing three games in eight days, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena decided to leave Beckham in Los Angeles. The Galaxy (4-2-4) played the visiting New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw on Saturday and return home this Saturday to host Sporting Kansas City. So Beckham, who is earning $6.5 million as MLS's highest-paid player, got the game off. Of course, the Union realize that the Galaxy have many more weapons than just Beckham.
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April 4, 2011
David Beckham does not get as many touches during a game as he did during his glory days with Manchester United and Real Madrid, but he's made the most of them during his time with the Los Angeles Galaxy. One of those touches came on one of his patented set pieces, which he dumped in front of the Union's net, where Leonardo headed the ball home in the game's 33rd minute. The Union suffered its first defeat of the seaon, 1-0, on Saturday night at Carson, Calif. That was more than enough offense for the Galaxy, since the Union was not credited with a shot on goal, even though they played the game's last 37 minutes with a man advantage.
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April 1, 2011
Last year, the Union didn't record their first shutout until their 23d game, and finished their inaugural Major League Soccer season with just two. In a 2-0 start to 2011, the Union already have matched last year's shutout total, winning at Houston, 1-0, and then defeating Vancouver, 1-0, in Saturday's home opener at PPL Park. Those who were there last year look at this season's shutouts at a different angle from first-year Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who no doubt has given the team more confidence after last season's inconsistent work by the keepers.
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April 1, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Union midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi talks about last year's game in Los Angeles against the Galaxy, all he sees is red. The Union lost, 3-1, in the May 1 game at the Home Depot Center, dropping their record to 1-4. In that game, Los Angeles owned a 3-0 halftime lead. During the 45th minute, Miglioranzi earned a red card for a hard tackle. "It was my second red card in a 13-year career, and I don't think it will ever happen again," Miglioranzi said. "I am not that type of player.
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