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June 11, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union defender Carlos Valdes recalls having a soccer ball by his feet at the earliest of ages, even in places it wasn't preferred. Growing up in Colombia, Valdes laughingly recalls some of the dicey situations he got himself into after making some errant kicks that went wide of any goal. "I used to get in trouble, because as a kid I would kick the soccer ball in the house, shoot it around and break several pieces of glass and windows throughout," he said at PPL Park, following a recent practice.
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June 9, 2011 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
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.
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May 29, 2011 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
TORONTO - When the halftime whistle blew at BMO Field, the Union appeared to be on the way toward by far their most impressive win of the season. By the end of the game, the Union had to settle for just the most entertaining win - and the most goals scored in a game in the club's relatively short history - in notching for their first road win in more than two months. After scoring three goals in the first half - including two in the first 11 minutes - the Union gave up two goals early in the second half, then scored three more in the last half hour in a 6-2 win over Toronto FC. "Everyone has been talking about how we haven't scored too many goals, but I think we proved them wrong in this game," said midfielder Gabriel Farfan, who scored the Union's first goal.
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May 28, 2011 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, FOR THE INQUIRER
TORONTO - When the halftime whistle blew at BMO Field, the Union appeared to be on the way toward by far their most impressive win of the season. By the end of the game, the Union had to settle for just the most entertaining win - and the most goals scored in a game in the club's relatively short history. After scoring three goals in the first half - including two in the first 11 minutes - the Union gave up two goals early in the second half, then scored three more in the last half hour in a 6-2 win over Toronto FC. "Everyone has been talking about how we haven't scored too many goals, but I think we proved them wrong in this game," said midfielder Gabriel Farfan, who scored the Union's first goal.
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May 15, 2011 | By Lary Bump, For The Inquirer
FRISCO, Texas - The Union had a chance to take over first place in the Eastern Conference when they played Dallas on Saturday night. But the Union left Pizza Hut Park with a 2-0 loss, extending their winless streak to three games (0-2-1) and remaining a point behind New York and New England. The Union (4-3-2) were in an unaccustomed place early, trailing by 2-0 before halftime. They had not allowed more than one goal in any game this season - just four total over the first eight contests.
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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.
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May 11, 2011 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
ESPN play-by-play man Glenn Davis called it "the most expensive match in Major League Soccer history. " Davis was referring to last Saturday's late-night pairing between Red Bull New York and the Los Angeles Galaxy, which the Union will host tonight at PPL Park. Five designated players between the two teams and a combined club salary average closing in on $440,000 per player battled to a 1-1 tie at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. It's an expense that towers over the current average salary of the Union ($131,876)
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May 7, 2011 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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May 7, 2011 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
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.
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May 7, 2011 | By JONATHAN TANNENWALD, For the Daily News
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.
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