June 9, 2012
It was a simple question that went unanswered, which can happen when the team is selling out virtually every game. But it still needs to be addressed. Union team manager Peter Nowak held a news conference Thursday discussing the trade of Danny Mwanga to the Portland Timbers for Jorge Perlaza. It was a deal involving two strikers who haven't scored yet this season for teams that are struggling to hit the back of the net. Yet this was much more than that. This was trading a player who is still considered by many one of the brightest talents in Major League Soccer.
February 9, 2012 |
IT TOOK SERIOUS bargaining, some schmoozing and a few cups of Colombian coffee, but the Union finally landed its man. The People's Paper first reported on Jan. 23 that the Union hoped to land forward Lionard Pajoy from Colombian first-division club Itagui Diataires. But a visa situation, along with what Union chief scout Diego Gutierrez described "having to corral a player in demand," made yesterday's announcement a bit later than anticipated. "He's a player in demand, he's a guy that scored a ton of goals in the Colombian league," Gutierrez said from the Union's preseason camp in Deltona, Fla. "He stands out from the smaller, quicker [Colombian]
May 7, 2011 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - It's been hard for almost any visiting team to get a good result at the Portland Timbers' cozy Jeld-Wen Field in this Major League Soccer season. Friday night, the Union were tasked with taking points from the match without two of their most important players. Danny Califf sat out because of a cold and Jordan Harvey was suspended. For most of the game, the Union's makeshift backline held firm. But it finally was beaten in the 72d minute on a set-piece goal by Mamadou Danso, and eventually succumbed to a 1-0 loss in front of 18,627 raucous fans.
June 8, 2012
SHOTS ON GOAL Who: Union (2-7-2, eight points) at Reading United When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Where: Shirk Stadium, Reading, Pa. TV/Radio: None. Ticket info: $12 for preorder customers, $15 at the gate. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.readingunitedac.com For kicks: To stay fresh during MLS' respite for FIFA World Cup qualifying, the Union travels to its minor league affiliate for an annual showdown. Last year, the Union tied Reading, 1-1, as a goal in stoppage time from Reading nixed the go-ahead from Union midfielder Michael Farfan on a muggy night at Don Thomas Stadium in Exeter?
October 28, 2011
Various activities are planned leading up to the Union's first-ever MLS Cup playoff game, the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Houston Dynamo at 5 p.m. Sunday at PPL Park in Chester. It's the first of a two-game series, with the rematch Nov. 3 at Houston. Here are some of the activities: Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m., "Doopin' to the Cup" parties at both Fado Irish Pub (1500 Locust St.) and Tir Na Nog (1600 Arch St.) in Philadelphia. Among the players expected to attend are Freddy Adu, Gabe Farfan, Carlos Valdes, and Danny Mwanga.
June 5, 2011 |
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Danny Mwanga scored a 66th-minute equalizer after Colorado's Conor Casey converted a penalty shot in the 63d minute Saturday night, to lift the Union to a 1-1 tie with the Rapids. The result allowed Colorado (4-3-7) to match a Major League Soccer record with its sixth consecutive tie. Casey's goal came after the Rapids defense blocked a Jordan Harvey shot and Colorado quickly pushed the ball deep into the Union zone. Pablo Mastroeni was leveled in the scoring area, setting up the penalty kick.
February 7, 2012
THE UNION opened preseason in Orlando yesterday with a pair of expected arrivals - and early departures. Keon Daniel, the midfielder who failed to return after he left to play an international friendly in his native Trinidad and Tobago in August, rejoined the team. In 18 appearances last season, Daniel, 25, had a goal and a pair of assists. Also returning from a weeklong training stint with English Premier League side Aston Villa was forward Danny Mwanga. Mwanga, 20, the seventh player to venture overseas this offseason, took part in intensified training, presumably to prepare for his increased role given the loss of Union top scorer Sebastien Le Toux, now with Vancouver.
March 28, 2012 |
THE UNION will host Barclays English Premier League club Aston Villa in a friendly on Wednesday, July 18, at PPL Park at 7:30 p.m. One of the oldest clubs in England, Aston Villa, located in Birmingham, has won the FA Cup and the old First Division championship seven times each and the League Cup five times. Included on the current roster are American goalkeeper Brad Guzan and midfielder Eric Lichaj and English national-team members Emilie Heskey, Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor.
August 3, 2011
Union (8-5-7) at Chicago Fire (2-6-12) 9 p.m. Wednesday at Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Last MLS game. The Union dropped a 2-1 decision to the visiting Colorado Rapids on Friday. Chicago hasn't played an MLS game since losing to the Portland Timbers,1-0, at home on July 16. Outlook: The Union won a 2-1 decision over Chicago on May 21 at PPL Park in Chester on a game-winning goal by the now-departed Carlos Ruiz.
March 10, 2013
Saturday at 6 p.m., Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo. TV: TCN Records: Union, 0-1; Colorado, 0-1. Openers: The Union lost, 3-1, on Saturday to Sporting Kansas City at PPL Park. Colorado lost, 1-0, at Dallas. About the Rapids: Backup keeper Steve Ceus allowed one of the worst goals imaginable in the opening loss, coming off his line outside the box and seeing the ball bounce over his head. . . . Starting keeper Matt Pickens, the Rapids 2012 team MVP, who has been out with a lower leg injury, could return in net. He has trained all week with the Rapids.