March 16, 2011 |
Carlos Ruiz was brought to Philadelphia to score goals, and the new Union forward understands his role in attempting to help the second-year Major League Soccer franchise contend for a playoff berth. A native of Guatemala who has scored 41 goals for the national team, Ruiz returns this season to Major League Soccer after two years playing abroad. He signed with the Union in February on a free transfer from Greek SuperLiga club Aris FC. "I have always scored, and that has been my job," Ruiz said in the locker room at PPL Park following Tuesday's practice, which took place at Chester Park in Wallingford.
July 9, 2011
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Union (7-4-6) at San Jose Earthquakes (5-6-6) Saturday, 10:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium. TV: Comcast SportsNet Last game: The Union played last Saturday, earning a 2-2 draw at RFK Stadium against D.C. United. San Jose is coming off Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center. Outlook: Union midfielder Veljko Paunovic, who has played well in his four games with the team, is listed as doubtful with a left hip strain.
March 24, 2011 |
Union team manager Peter Nowak says that being flexible is the key to moving on in this 34-game Major League Soccer season. One day's lineup may not be the next day's. The topic came up because Nowak, during his weekly news conference at PPL Park, was asked the reasoning for not starting forward Danny Mwanga, the overall first pick of the 2010 SuperDraft, in Saturday's 1-0 win in Houston. Mwanga came on strong in his rookie year, finishing with seven goals and four assists.
October 20, 2011 |
HARRISON, N.J. - The Union better hope the adage "defense wins championships" holds weight, because its offense has far too many holes as the team's quest for the MLS Cup begins. In its final game of the regular season Thursday night at Red Bull Arena, the Union lost, 1-0, and was flat-out exposed on prime-time television by a New York side hungry for one of the final playoff spots. The Union (11-8-15, 48 points) which already clinched a postseason berth, was playing for a chance at the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
July 29, 2011
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Colorado Rapids (7-6-10) at Union (8-4-7) 7:30 p.m. Friday at PPL Park. TV: Fox Soccer Channel. Last MLS game: The Union won, 3-0, at New England on July 17. Colorado played New England to a 2-2 draw on Saturday, allowing the equalizer on a penalty kick in the 90th minute. Outlook: The Union played the Rapids to a 1-1 draw in Colorado on June 4 as Danny Mwanga scored the equalizer in the 66th minute on a spectacular goal.
July 11, 2011 |
It was a 0-0 result, but it was good enough to put the Union back into a tie for first place in MLS' Eastern Conference. The one point earned for the tie with San Jose at Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday night gives the Union 28 points, the same total as the New York Red Bulls, a 1-0 loser to D.C. United on Saturday in Harrison, N.J. The Union (7-4-7), with a four-game unbeaten streak, dominated play in the second half. "With the chances [we had], we need to do better, much better," manager Peter Nowak told the team's website.
February 9, 2012 |
The biggest question facing the Union as they prepare for their third Major League Soccer season will be how to replace leading scorer Sebastien Le Toux. But at least there won't be a shortage of candidates. The team added to the pool by signing Colombian first-division forward Lionard Pajoy on Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed for the 30-year-old Pajoy, who led Itagüí Ditaires in scoring with 13 goals while adding three assists in 27 starts. During Colombia's Clausura, held in the second half of the calendar year, Pajoy had 10 goals in 18 starts.
June 19, 2012 |
DESPITE a new coach, the Union experienced the same result Saturday in a 1-0 loss to D.C. United at PPL Park. The Union has not won a Major League Soccer game since April 14, but came away with some optimism for the future as the players get further acclimated to interim coach John Hackworth's system. "It was a great night for the Philadelphia Union in a lot of ways," Hackworth said afterward, while acknowledging the disappointment of missed opportunities. "And I was excited.
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.
January 19, 2012 |
The Union might enter their third Major League Soccer season without Sebastien Le Toux, their leading scorer and, arguably, most popular player. Ives Galarcep of Foxsoccer.com reported Wednesday that the Union may sell Le Toux to Bolton of the English Premier League. Le Toux posted on his Twitter account, "On a jet plane headed to England. " Union manager Peter Nowak sent a text Wednesday saying, "Team policy is we don't comment or discuss on anything that is not certain.