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May 12, 2011 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
BEFORE LAST NIGHT'S matchup against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Union forward Carlos Ruiz told reporters he was "sick and tired" of talk that his team lacked an offensive spark and said his teammates planned to use this as a "statement game" to prove just how much he and the offense have blossomed. That, too, appeared to be all talk . . . until the 84th minute. Danny Mwanga, a second-half substitute, provided the spark the Union desperately sought when he pounced on a miscue by Galaxy defender Sean Franklin and scored past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to send a throaty, sellout crowd of 19,178 - a record in the barely year-old PPL Park - into a frenzy.
SPORTS
May 12, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Mwanga was inserted at halftime to spice up the Union's offense Wednesday night, and he accomplished that goal by scoring one himself. Mwanga couldn't have picked a more opportune time to hit the scoring column, turning what looked like a sure defeat into a 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy before a record crowd of 19,178 at PPL Park. Stealing a back pass from Sean Franklin, Mwanga dribbled past sliding keeper Donovan Ricketts, then deposited the goal from close range in the 84th minute.
SPORTS
May 11, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Beckham won't be playing, but the Union insist that there won't be a letdown when they face the Los Angeles Galaxy in a Major League Soccer game Wednesday night at PPL Park. With his team in the middle of playing three games in eight days, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena decided to leave Beckham in Los Angeles. The Galaxy (4-2-4) played the visiting New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw on Saturday and return home this Saturday to host Sporting Kansas City. So Beckham, who is earning $6.5 million as MLS's highest-paid player, got the game off. Of course, the Union realize that the Galaxy have many more weapons than just Beckham.
SPORTS
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)
SPORTS
April 4, 2011
David Beckham does not get as many touches during a game as he did during his glory days with Manchester United and Real Madrid, but he's made the most of them during his time with the Los Angeles Galaxy. One of those touches came on one of his patented set pieces, which he dumped in front of the Union's net, where Leonardo headed the ball home in the game's 33rd minute. The Union suffered its first defeat of the seaon, 1-0, on Saturday night at Carson, Calif. That was more than enough offense for the Galaxy, since the Union was not credited with a shot on goal, even though they played the game's last 37 minutes with a man advantage.
SPORTS
April 4, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union still haven't generated a consistent offense during the young Major League Soccer season, and for the first time on Saturday night, it cost them. Failing to record a shot in the first half and to fully take advantage of a man advantage for the majority of the second, the Union lost, 1-0, to the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The Union (2-1) had notched 1-0 wins in their first two games over Houston and Vancouver. "I think - me included - we tried to look for the killer pass too often, and we had to find feet and had to have more possession and patience in the first half," Union midfielder Brian Carroll said by telephone after the game.
NEWS
April 3, 2011 | By Joseph D'Hippolito, FOR THE INQUIRER
CARSON, Calif. - Thirteen years after scoring his first international goal against the Philadelphia Union's goalkeeper, David Beckham foiled Faryd Mondragon again. But this time, Beckham played a supporting role as Leonardo's header in the 33d minute off the Englishman's free kick gave the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-0 victory Saturday night in front of 24,998 at the Home Depot Center. "We made one mistake, and the game went the other way," Union coach Peter Nowak said of the goal before criticizing his team's approach against the Galaxy.
SPORTS
April 1, 2011 | By Kerith Gabriel
IT'S A statement game. The fans know it; the coaches and players have said it. Tomorrow night, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the Union will try to improve to 3-0 when it meets the star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy. A strong performance will further reinforce the notion that all the offseason moves have made this franchise for real. Union capo Peter Nowak, who on Wednesday was made boss of all bosses when he donned the lengthy title of executive vice president of soccer operations, told the press matter of factly that "this is a big game for us. " It's one that will speak volumes given the Galaxy's firepower.
SPORTS
April 1, 2011
The challenge of winning a soccer game never gets old for Bruce Arena. Among the most accomplished American coaches, Arena understands the difficult task his team faces when his Los Angeles Galaxy team hosts the Union in Saturday's 10:30 p.m. Major League Soccer matchup. Arena has coached the United States national team in two World Cups, leading the team to the quarterfinals in 2002. He is the all-time leader in wins among coaches in U.S. national team history with a 71-30-29 mark.
SPORTS
April 1, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Union midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi talks about last year's game in Los Angeles against the Galaxy, all he sees is red. The Union lost, 3-1, in the May 1 game at the Home Depot Center, dropping their record to 1-4. In that game, Los Angeles owned a 3-0 halftime lead. During the 45th minute, Miglioranzi earned a red card for a hard tackle. "It was my second red card in a 13-year career, and I don't think it will ever happen again," Miglioranzi said. "I am not that type of player.
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