September 23, 2011
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Union (9-7-12, 39 points) at Sporting Kansas City (10-9-10, 40 points) Friday, 8:30 p.m. at Livestrong Sporting Park. TV: Fox Soccer Channel. Most recent MLS game: The Union beat the Columbus Crew, 1-0, on Saturday at PPL Park in Chester. Kansas City is coming off Saturday's 1-0 loss at Real Salt Lake. Outlook: If either team wins, it would move into first place in the Eastern Conference, currently occupied by Columbus with 41 points.
June 9, 2011 |
The virtual polls are open for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game. The league released its 108-player ballot yesterday, featuring the top six players from each team. Fans have until July 5 to cast their votes for the starting 11 for MLS when it faces Manchester United on July 27 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The Union players on the ballot are goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, defender Danny Califf, midfielder Justin Mapp and forwards Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga and Carlos Ruiz.
May 7, 2011 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - It's been hard for almost any visiting team to get a result at the Portland Timbers' cozy Jeld-Wen Field so far in this Major League Soccer season. Last night, the Union was tasked with taking points without two of its most important players: Danny Califf, who sat out with a cold, and Jordan Harvey, who was suspended. For most of the game, the Union's makeshift backline held firm. But it was finally beaten in the 72nd minute on a set-piece goal by Mamadou Danso, and lost, 1-0, before 18,627 raucous fans.
April 1, 2011 |
Before Saturday's win over Vancouver in their home opener, the Union were actually fit to be tied. That's because the day before the game, goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon bought the entire team and front-office personnel blue ties. The Union wear suits and ties to games, and Mondragon wanted to make sure they were professionally attired. When asked about it, the 39-year-old keeper brushed away questions. He didn't do it for the publicity, conceding that it was a gesture to help bond the team together.
May 13, 2011
After being examined on Thursday for a strained groin, Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon is listed as probable for Saturday's game at FC Dallas. Mondragon suffered the injury around the 72d minute of Wednesday's 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy, according to Union assistant coach John Hackworth. Despite the injury, Mondragon played the rest of the game and was cited for his courage by teammates. Backup Zac MacMath has yet to appear in a game this season. The 19-year-old MacMath was the fifth overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft this season from the University of Maryland.
April 7, 2011 |
BOYDS, Md. - Cooler heads did not prevail for the Union on Wednesday night. Defender Carlos Valdes and coach Peter Nowak were ejected from the team's second appearance in the U.S. Open Cup as it fell to D.C. United on penalty kicks, 3-2, at the Maryland Soccer Complex. Valdes threw the ball in disgust after he was tackled out of bounds. The move compelled the referee to give Valdes a yellow card for dissent and put the Union down a man for the remainder of regulation as well as two 15-minute overtime periods.
July 27, 2011 |
IT TOOK LESS than 6 months for Faryd Mondragon to become an MLS All-Star. The Colombian international has only been in MLS since February but his Union teammates use words like "leader," "general" and "security blanket" when referring to him. Tonight, the 40-year-old goalkeeper extraordinaire will showcase his talents on a world stage beneath the lights at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., when the MLS All-Stars look to exact revenge against English...
May 14, 2012 |
AT THE end of the Union's Sunday matinee with Red Bull New York, Danny Califf was still a member of the franchise. That might not be the case by the time you read this. The Union has entertained a pair of offers from Chivas USA for its captain, according to Union manager Peter Nowak. The Union rejected an initial offer and Chivas then made a counteroffer that the Union is currently weighing. Rumors of a potential move hit the blogosphere Saturday, and following Sunday's match, much of it was brought to light.
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 4, 2011 |
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - A depleted Union squad took on the Chicago Fire Wednesday night and had to settle for a 1-1 draw in Major League Soccer action. Trying to cope without their team manager, departed leading scorer, and a suspended top defender, the Union took a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal by forward Veljko Paunovic. Chicago had the better of the play in the first half, but the Union got the first goal when Paunovic took control of a loose ball that had caromed away from Union midfielder Roger Torres.