October 3, 2012
Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. TV: TCN Records: Union, 8-15-6, 30 points; Chicago, 16-9-5, 53 points. Coaches: Union, John Hackworth (6-8-4), Chicago, Frank Klopas (24-14-15). Union on the road: 2-8-4; Fire at home: 11-2-2. Goals for: Union, 31; Chicago, 42 Goals against: Union, 36; Chicago, 36. Previous meetings: On March 24, the Union lost, 1-0, at Chicago. The Fire also won, 3-1, on Aug. 12 at PPL Park.
October 5, 2012
The Union proved too hot to handle on Wednesday, defeating the Fire, 3-1, in Chicago for their first road victory since July. Goals by Jack McInerney, Gabriel Gómez, and Antoine Hoppenot were enough to stop the Fire, ending their six-game winning streak at home. The Union made two changes to the lineup that lost in Columbus, 3-2, on Saturday. Striker McInerney came in for Josué Martinez, while Keon Daniel replaced Gabriel Farfan. It wouldn' take long - seven minutes - for those changes to take effect on a rain-slicked surface.
September 11, 2013 |
The visiting Union lost to the San Jose Earthquakes, 1-0, Sunday night as the game's only goal was scored by Shea Salinas in the 15th minute. Despite the loss, the Union (10-9-9) remain in playoff contention and in fourth place in Eastern Conference standings. "I'm extremely disappointed," manager John Hackworth said. "I thought we played better to start the second half. We settled down a little bit and started connecting a little bit. . . . We sorted some things out at halftime, but we lost that game in the first half.
April 10, 2014
KEON DANIEL'S tenure with the Union officially ended yesterday, as the club announced it released the midfielder early in his fourth season in Philadelphia. Since joining the Union in March 2011, Daniel made 64 appearances, including 46 starts, but had yet to play this season. Officially, Daniel's departure came via "a contract termination by mutual consent," according to a statement released by the club. With the Union, the 27-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago scored two goals and recorded four assists while logging 4,126 minutes.
August 12, 2012
Chicago Fire (10-7-5, 35 points) at Union (7-11-2, 23 points) When: Sunday, 7 p.m., PPL Park. TV: TCN; Radio: WIP-AM (610). Coaches: Union, John Hackworth (5-4); Chicago: Frank Klopas (18-12-15). Chicago on the road: 3-5-3; Union at home: 5-4-1. Goals for: Chicago, 25; Union 22; Goals against: Chicago 24; Union 24 . Last game: The Fire defeated visiting Toronto, 2-1, on Aug. 4; The Union lost, 2-0, at Montreal on Aug. 4. Last meeting: Chicago beat the Union, 1-0, in the Fire's home opener on March 24. About the Fire: With 10 wins, the Fire have exceeded their victory total of last season, when they went 9-9-16.
September 17, 2013 |
THE UNION lost to the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, Saturday night at PPL Park after having an apparent goal disallowed. On a free kick in the 30th minute, the Union's Keon Daniel put the ball past Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall and into the net, but the goal was waived off. It would have been the first goal of the game. "When the ball was played, the Union player was judged to be offsides, so therefore he was penalized for being offsides on that play," referee Mark Kadlecik said. "The offsides player interfered with the keeper.
October 7, 2012 |
Both Jack McInerney and the Union have continued their strong late-season play, even with the team out of the Major League Soccer postseason picture. McInerney's header in the 73d minute gave the Union a 1-0 win Saturday over the New England Revolution at PPL Park. It was the third win in their last four games for the Union (10-15-6) and their second in a row. McInerney, 20, has scored in three consecutive games. He has a team-high seven goals after he totaled four in the previous two years.
March 3, 2013 |
Sebastien Le Toux trotted to the corner, drew a heart in the sky with his hands, and then pointed to the crowd at PPL Park in Chester. His goal celebration was the moment the Union imagined when they reacquired the team's all-time leading scorer to ignite their stagnant offense. They just didn't count on Le Toux's being their only offense on Saturday. Sporting Kansas City spoiled Le Toux's return, scoring three unanswered goals to rally past the Union, 3-1, before a crowd of 18,160 in the Major League Soccer season opener.
July 29, 2013 |
VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Union spent most of Saturday's game against the Vancouver Whitecaps playing with a man advantage, but it didn't always seem that way. Finally, in the 85th minute, they broke through. Substitute Antoine Hoppenot delivered the winning goal as the Union claimed a 1-0 victory at sun-drenched B.C. Place. The Union (9-6-7, 34 points) went up a man just eight minutes into the game, when Keon Daniel exploited what has become one of the team's strengths: annoying opponents to the point where they commit rash fouls.
September 21, 2013 |
The Union (10-10-9, 39 points) get a much-needed breather this week, but they are in major trouble after going just 0-3-2 in their last five gamesand scoring just one goal. This swoon couldn't have come at a worse time, and now the Union have to revert to scoreboard watching and rooting this weekend. The top five teams in the Eastern Conference will make the playoffs and the Union are tied for fifth with Chicago, which has a game in hand. The Union hope that Columbus, with 35 points in 29 games, beats visiting Chicago on Saturday.