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August 4, 2011 | By Daniel I. Dorfman, For The Inquirer
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.
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July 27, 2011 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com I
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...
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July 25, 2011 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com T
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.
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July 22, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union defender Carlos Valdes is improving his English and knows enough to be diplomatic when the difficult questions are asked. When asked about his omission from the Major League Soccer all-star team, Valdes clearly understood the question but didn't want to create any waves. "I came here to play at a high level, and that is what I have tried to do," he said in the locker room following Wednesday's 1-0 win over the English Premier League team Everton in a friendly at a sold-out PPL Park in Chester.
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July 21, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a chance for young players to gain some experience and for veterans to get a breather in this long season for the Union, and Roger Torres took advantage of his extended time. The 20-year-old midfielder played the entire game in the Union's 1-0 win over English Premier League club Everton during Wednesday's friendly at PPL Park before a sellout crowd of 18,582. Christian Hernandez's blast from just inside the box in the 88th minute was the game's lone goal. Torres, who was the Union's most impressive player, hit teammates with long pinpoint passes and constantly pushed the ball on the attack.
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July 21, 2011 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
Promising, extremely promising. Really the only way to describe the Union's 1-0 win over Everton FC at PPL Park last night. While the game lacked serious end-to-end excitement, it did show the Union has a young corps of talent yet to be fully unleashed. Christian Hernandez, a 17-year-old relative unknown listed on the Union's academy roster, buried a deflection in the box in the 88th minute past Everton goalkeeper Jan Mucha. The goal even shocked those seated in the River End, who rang out a "Who are ya!"
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July 8, 2011
The Union are at the midway point of their 34-game Major League Soccer schedule with a 7-4-6 record, standing in second place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the New York Red Bulls but with two games in hand. For a second-year franchise the team has certainly exceeded expectations after going 8-15-7 in its inaugural season. What's interesting is that the expectations have risen, and games such as 1-1 home draws with Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City actually felt like losses because the Union controlled most of the play.
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July 3, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - For the second game in a row, the Union played a wide-open offensive affair, but, unlike last week's 3-2 win over visiting Chivas USA, this time they settled for a draw. Carlos Ruiz's goal in the 84th minute helped the Union escape with a 2-2 tie Saturday against a new-look D.C. United at RFK Stadium. The Union twice came back from one-goal deficits. "That's why we have Carlos Ruiz, to score goals like that," said Union team manager Peter Nowak, who has been annoyed at criticism of his forward.
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July 2, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - For the second game in a row, the Union played a wide-open offensive affair, but, unlike last week's 3-2 win over visiting Chivas USA, this time they settled for a draw. Carlos Ruiz's goal in the 84th minute helped the Union escape with a 2-2 tie Saturday against a new-look D.C. United at RFK Stadium. The Union twice came back from one-goal deficits. "That's why we have Carlos Ruiz, to score goals like that," said Union team manager Peter Nowak, who has been annoyed at criticism of his forward.
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June 17, 2011 | By Kerith Gabriel
CALL IT A gift from the Major League Soccer gods. "It" would be the upcoming string of matches for the Union against clubs that wallow at the bottom of their respective conferences. With victories over all, it's likely the Union can put some distance between itself and a pesky Red Bull New York side that resembles a cold you can't shake. This weekend brings a visit to expansion Vancouver (tomorrow, 10 p.m., Comcast Network), last place in the West but revived via its new coach, former D.C. boss Tom Soehn, and brash forward Eric Hassli.
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