May 14, 2012
Even by Union standards, this was a busier than usual day at the office. One that included their first multigoal game of the season, another questionable officiating decision, more defensive lapses, and a trade rumor concerning the team captain. Other than that, things weren't too out of the ordinary for a Union, who lost to the New York Red Bulls, 3-2, in Sunday's Major League Soccer match at PPL Park in Chester. The Union are now 2-6-1 and not much has gone well, but this was by far their best offensive showing and not just because they increased their season total to seven goals - or two fewer than New York striker Thierry Henry, who missed his third straight match with a hamstring injury.
May 13, 2012
What: New York Red Bulls (6-3-1, 19 points) at Union (2-5-1, seven points) When: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. Where: PPL Park, Chester TV: ESPN2 On the web: Streaming online at MLSSoccer.com For kicks: New York comes in on short rest, but rides the wave of a three-game win streak after dispatching Houston, 1-0, Wednesday night. A string of injuries and suspensions aside, coach Hans Backe has utilized his bench to get positive results, even with the loss of goal-scorer Thierry Henry.
May 11, 2012 |
SHOTS ON GOAL Upcoming game: New York Red Bull (6-3-1, 19 points) at Union (2-5-1, seven points) When: Sunday, 12:30 p.m. Where: PPL Park, Chester TV: ESPN2 On the web: Streaming online at MLSSoccer.com For kicks: New York comes in on short rest, but rides the wave of a three-game win streak after dispatching Houston, 1-0 Wednesday night. A string of injuries and suspensions aside, coach Hans Backe has utilized his bench to get positive results, even with the loss of goal-scoring guru Thierry Henry.
May 11, 2012
SO THE UNION hasn't exactly gnashed its terrible teeth and we're still waiting for its terrible roar, but on Wednesday night against Schalke 04, the club did release some of its beasts — or demons, depending on how you look at it. For a club that hadn't mustered more than 10 shots on target in its previous two matches, the Union unleashed eight on Schalke, and even scored a pair, the game-winner from the run of play. Now take into account that it was a friendly and the Union showcased only a handful of its starting lineup for a limited time, but its efforts left many wondering where this team, Wednesday night's offensive-minded, take advantage of every opportunity collective has been for the past eight matches?
September 30, 2011
Everton vs. Liverpool 7:30 a.m. Saturday (ESPN2/ESPN3.com) In the first of two big rivalry games in the English Premier League this weekend, the blue and red halves of the Merseyside city face each other for the 216th time. Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Fox Soccer Channel) New York's season appeared to be headed for a historic train wreck by MLS standards until coach Hans Backe officially benched big-money Mexico defender Rafael Marquez last weekend.
September 24, 2011
The U.S. women will face Sweden on Nov. 19 in a rematch of the group-stage loss that set the stage for the Americans' dramatic run to the Women's World Cup final. The exhibition in Glendale, Ariz., is part of the Americans' preparations for Olympic qualifying. The qualifying will be held Jan. 19-29 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Americans are 18-5-7 against Sweden but 0-2 this year. Abby Wambach made the most of her last match before a little rest and relaxation.
August 1, 2011
Negotiations continue for the Union to sell forward Carlos Ruiz as part of multiple moves the Major League Soccer team is about to make, a source familiar with the proceedings said Sunday. Ruiz, who had team-high six goals in 14 games, was the second-highest-paid player on the team, with a guaranteed $306,670 salary, according to figures from the Major League Soccer Players Union. The MLS summer transfer window ends Aug. 14. Team manager Peter Nowak announced after Friday's 2-1 loss to the visiting Colorado Rapids that Ruiz would be leaving the club.
July 31, 2011 |
LONDON - New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe isn't getting carried away by the Major League Soccer outfit's win in a friendly over Paris Saint-Germain. Joel Lindpere's first-half goal gave the Red Bulls a 1-0 win in Saturday's opening match of the annual Emirates Cup tournament in north London, but Backe knows his team still has plenty to prove. The Red Bulls play Arsenal next on Sunday and Backe said that even the return of Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez, who sat out the opener, may not be enough to disrupt the hosts' free-flowing possession football.
July 29, 2011 |
When the U.S. men's national team arrives Aug. 10 to play Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field, it will be doing so with a new coach. Could it be one with Philadelphia ties? Bob Bradley was relieved of his duties Thursday, and U.S. Soccer said it would have a further announcement Friday. Union team manager Peter Nowak is the former U.S. under-23 coach and also a former assistant to Bradley with the main national team. The news broke after Nowak's weekly news conference Thursday, but when asked if he had interest, Nowak texted: "I really have better things to do. Maybe Backe would be interested.
July 19, 2011 |
Major League Soccer announced Monday that Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon is among the 22 players selected to compete against English Premier League champions Manchester United in the MLS All-Star Game on July 27 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. "[Mondragon] has made a huge impact for Philadelphia," all-star coach Hans Backe of the New York Red Bulls told MLSSoccer.com's ExtraTime Radio. The 40-year-old Colombian international, the only member of the Union named to the squad, has been a key addition for the Eastern Conference leaders since transferring from Cologne of the German Bundesliga.