June 6, 2011 |
The information from U.S. Soccer referred to an "inexperienced lineup" and the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup as "more important. " Sorry, but the U.S. national team was playing World Cup champion Spain before 64,121 Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and its 4-0 loss can't be treated as an afterthought. "Spain is a great team," understated U.S. coach Bob Bradley. "It's a tough test to play against them at any time and it becomes even tougher on the eve of the Gold Cup. It's what the game at the highest level is all about.
May 30, 2012 |
IT'S CLICHÉ TO say things can't get any worse. But if the Union comes up short against a hungry Rochester Rhinos team Tuesday night in the U.S. Open Cup, "worse" would be putting it gently. The Union (2-7-2) is winless in its last five matches and coming off a 1-0 loss to Toronto, which entered at 0-9. Following the loss, forward Danny Mwanga said it is imperative that the players in the locker room "keep their heads up and try to learn from this game. " But with the Union plagued by injuries, a rotating lineup and a nonexistent offense, many have the Union as an underdog against the Rhinos, from the USL Pro League, even with the game at PPL Park (7:30 p.m.)
April 15, 2011 |
Amobi Okugo never remembers entering a game so early, but the 20-year-old Union midfielder proved he was ready. Okugo saw his most extensive time this season when he entered last Saturday's 1-0 win over the visiting New York Red Bulls in the sixth minute after Brian Carroll strained a hamstring. Prior to that, he had played only five minutes in the opening, 1-0 win at Houston, but missed the next two MLS games while competing for the U.S. men's national team at the CONCACAF Under-20 championships in Guatemala.
December 8, 2011 |
After the Union's season, team manager Peter Nowak talked about the importance of having competitions at all positions. With the addition of Costa Rican international Josue Martinez on Wednesday, Nowak has added depth to the forward position. The 5-foot-10 Martinez turns 22 in March. It will be interesting to see the impact his addition has on Danny Mwanga. Of course, Mwanga and Martinez could both play up top if Sebastien Le Toux is moved back to the midfield. However, Le Toux is most effective as the target player up top. Mwanga, 20, took a step back during a second season that was marred by a hip injury.
April 29, 2011
It was originally not scheduled this way, but the Union will return Saturday with a 4 p.m. matchup against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes after having a two-week break. Originally the Union were supposed to play Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah, last Saturday, but that match was rescheduled until Sept. 3 because Real was involved in the CONCACAF Champions League final, where they finished as runners-up to the Mexican club Monterrey. Two weeks off is an eternity for MLS teams, and Union team manager Peter Nowak had to alter his training regimen.
May 8, 2011 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - Union fans could look at Friday's 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers in one of two ways. The optimists could point out that the team's back line was missing two stalwarts, center back Danny Califf and left back Jordan Harvey. They could look at the narrow confines of Jeld-Wen Field, the constant din created by the Timbers Army supporters, and the fact that Portland is undefeated at home this season. Add in the many chances to score that the Timbers squandered, and a 1-0 loss doesn't look so bad. The pessimists, however, could echo Union team manager Peter Nowak's rather blunt postgame remarks.
March 10, 2011 |
The Union, preparing for their Major League Soccer season that begins March 19 in Houston, have wrapped up two weeks of training in Greece. Before leaving Heraklion, Crete, Union manager Peter Nowak said the trip went well. "It's been very good," he said. The team practiced for a final time Wednesday at Ergotelis F.C.'s Pancretan Stadium. "Everything around here was really first-class," Nowak said. "You can see how the players came together during meals and practices.
April 11, 2011 |
Four games into the season and the Union has played nothing but 1-0 games. The good news is that it has won three of them, putting the Union (3-1-0, nine points) in first place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference. The latest 1-0 thriller came over New York Red Bulls on Saturday night at PPL Park before 19,027, an attendance record for the 10-month-old stadium on the Chester waterfront. "What's the difference if we win 5-0 or 1-0?" asked Union manager Peter Nowak.
June 24, 2011 |
SHEANON WILLIAMS kinda likes being the underdog. In fact, he loves it. Around this time last season, Williams wasn't even a blip on the Union landscape biding his time with the club's USL-2 minor league affiliate in Harrisburg. In fact when he was brought up to the club last August, I distinctly remember listening to a pair of supporters having the following dialogue: Fan 1: Who the hell is Shannon Williams? Fan 2: No clue, man. Some new dude off the reserves in Harrisburg.
July 25, 2011 |
THERE ARE FEW TIMES when one can say a loss speaks volumes in favor of the loser. But it can be said emphatically in the case of the Union. In front of a raucous crowd of 57,305 at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday night, the litmus test that was a 2-1 loss to Spanish power Real Madrid proved the Union can hang with the world's best - even if it took a little time to get up to speed. "It was definitely a challenge, but I think we responded well," said Union manager Peter Nowak.