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May 21, 2011 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, FOR THE INQUIRER
After 60 minutes of relatively little action, the last half-hour of Saturday's game between the Union and Chicago Fire provided plenty of entertainment for the sellout crowd at PPL Park. Carlos Ruiz smashed a first-time volley from 35 yards past Delaware County native Jon Conway in the 75th minute to give the Union (5-3-2, 17 points) a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire (1-4-5, 8 points) in front of 18,372 fans. All three goals came in a 12-minute span late in the second half. In the 63d minute, rookie midfielder Michael Farfan got the Union on the scoreboard with a long-range strike of his own. After Roger Torres was fouled deep into the Fire's half of the field on the left flank, Kyle Nakazawa played the free kick back across midfield.
SPORTS
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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January 13, 2012 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When the time came for the Union to make their first-round selection in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft, the club's brass didn't have to think too hard. They simply took the best player available. That player was UCLA junior Chandler Hoffman, a dynamic forward with one of the top pedigrees at his position in college soccer. "Chandler was the best option available, and we didn't hesitate," Union manager Peter Nowak said. Even though the Union are already well-stocked at forward, drafting Hoffman became even more appealing because of his Generation Adidas early-entry status.
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March 28, 2011 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phllynews.com
"We've accomplished more in 2 weeks than we accomplished all last season. "   - Union manager Peter Nowak   Defense, defense, defense. Oh, and Sebastien Le Toux and Carlos Ruiz, too. Topped off with Kyle Nakazawa. All talking points in what was an emphatic, 1-0 Union victory in Saturday's home opener against the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps in front of a sellout crowd of 18,591 at PPL Park in Chester. It not only marked the first time the Union (2-0-0, 6 points)
SPORTS
April 17, 2011 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
For almost the entire second half, it looked as if the Union were en route to a 1-0 win that was just like their other wins this season: a combination of strong defense and an opportunistic goal. But in the closing moments, the Seattle Sounders tore up the script. Alvaro Fernandez's header in traffic deflected off the right post and past Faryd Mondragon in stoppage time of the second half to give the Sounders a 1-1 draw with the Union at a rain-swept PPL Park. Union manager Peter Nowak expressed disappointment that his team couldn't finish off the win. "At some point, we need to not be afraid to score a second goal," Nowak said.
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April 16, 2011 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, FOR THE INQUIRER
For almost the entire second half, it looked like the Union were en route to a 1-0 win that was just like their other wins this season: a combination of strong defense and an opportunistic goal. But in the closing moments, the Seattle Sounders tore up the script. Alvaro Fernandez's header in traffic deflected off the right post and into Faryd Mondragón's net in stoppage time of the second half, giving the Seattle Sounders a 1-1 draw with the Union at a rain-swept PPL Park.
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March 18, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
While there is optimism as the Union prepare for their second Major League Soccer season, there also is uncertainty. Has this team progressed enough to be a playoff contender after an 8-15-7 inaugural season? With the addition of veteran goalie Faryd Mondragon, the Union appear to have corrected their biggest weakness. But there are questions about the defense, and the midfield has to be sorted out. The strength of the team should be the offense. Team manager Peter Nowak employs an attacking style, but last year the Union scored 35 goals in 30 games.
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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.
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
January 12, 2012 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In their first two Major League Soccer SuperDrafts, the Union made selections based on positions they needed to fill. This year, they don't need all that much. Between the team's many offseason signings and the still-fresh memories of last season's playoff berth, the Union find themselves not worrying too much about which prospects will fall their way. The Union have the 13th pick in the first round here on Thursday, as well as the 13th and 16th picks in the second round.
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January 13, 2012 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When the time came for the Union to make their first-round selection in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft, the club's brass didn't have to think too hard. They simply took the best player available. That player was UCLA junior Chandler Hoffman, a dynamic forward with one of the top pedigrees at his position in college soccer. "Chandler was the best option available, and we didn't hesitate," Union manager Peter Nowak said. Even though the Union are already well-stocked at forward, drafting Hoffman became even more appealing because of his Generation Adidas early-entry status.
SPORTS
January 13, 2012 | by Kerith Gabriel, gabrielk@phillynews.com
KANSAS CITY - Chandler Hoffman was roaming the NSCAA convention the night before the MLS SuperDraft when he ran into Union assistant coach Rob Vartughian. The two met during Hoffman's high school days when Vartughian, then a coach at Maryland, tried to convince Hoffman to become a Terrapin. "I had known Rob through the recruiting process when I [visited] Maryland," Hoffman said. "[On Tuesday night], I saw him in the lobby and we spoke for a minute and he said, 'I don't think you'll slip to us, but we definitely have interest in you.' So that's when I knew if I fell to them they were definitely going to be interested in me. " Hoffman did fall - to lucky No. 13, where the Union nabbed the UCLA forward with its first pick in yesterday's relatively calm draft.
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January 12, 2012 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
KANSAS CITY - Chandler Hoffman was roaming the NSCAA convention the night before the MLS SuperDraft when he ran into Union assistant coach Rob Vartughian. The two met during Hoffman's high school days when Vartughian, then a coach at Maryland tried to convince Hoffman to become a Terrapin. "I had known Rob through the recruiting process when I [visited] Maryland," said Hoffman. "[On Tuesday night], I saw him in the lobby and we spoke for a minute and he said, 'I don't think you'll slip to us, but we definitely have interest in you.' So that's when I knew if I fell to them they were definitely going to be interested in me. " Hoffman did fall - to lucky No. 13 where the Union nabbed the UCLA forward with its first pick in yesterday's relatively calm draft.
SPORTS
January 12, 2012 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In their first two Major League Soccer SuperDrafts, the Union made selections based on positions they needed to fill. This year, they don't need all that much. Between the team's many offseason signings and the still-fresh memories of last season's playoff berth, the Union find themselves not worrying too much about which prospects will fall their way. The Union have the 13th pick in the first round here on Thursday, as well as the 13th and 16th picks in the second round.
SPORTS
September 16, 2011
As far as anniversaries go, the Union didn't expect to be celebrating one that arrives Saturday. When the Union host the Columbus Crew in Saturday's 7:30 p.m. Major League Soccer matchup at PPL Park in Chester, it will mark the two-month anniversary of their last win. It's hard to believe that the last time the Union earned three points was with a 3-0 win at the New England Revolution on July 17. Since then, the Union are 0-3-5. What is amazing is that the Union are still very much alive in the playoff race, one that has no shortage of contenders.
SPORTS
June 3, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes statistics can be misleading, and while we're not sure that's the case with the Union, there is still some question about the recent proficiency of the offense. Seems kind of crazy to mention this after Saturday's 6-2 win at Toronto. Regardless of the opponent, that's a lot of offense. Then again, the opponent has to be taken into consideration. Toronto FC has allowed 23 goals, the most in Major League Soccer. "People might say that Toronto is not a strong defensive team, but we saw good teams go to Toronto and they didn't score that many goals," said Union forward Danny Mwanga, who scored his team's final two goals.
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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.
SPORTS
May 27, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Farfan won't soon forget his first score. The Union rookie midfielder/defender from the University of North Carolina tallied his first Major League Soccer goal in Saturday's 2-1 win over the visiting Chicago Fire and broke a scoreless tie with the strike in the 64th minute. "I was excited to get on the field and get a start at home in front of our great fans and the goal was awesome," said Farfan, who was making his second start and third appearance of the season. "It definitely was a confidence booster just to get out there and compete at this level and was definitely a good thing.
SPORTS
May 22, 2011 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
Carlos Ruiz says that he doesn't read news coverage of the Union, or what the fans have to say about him online. So the Union's marquee forward hasn't noticed the criticism of his performance for the Union so far this season - only two goals in nine games prior to last night. Plenty of people will notice what Ruiz did Saturday night at PPL Park, though. The Guatemalan forward smashed a first-time volley from 35 yards past Delaware County native Jon Conway in the 75th minute to give the Union a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire in front of 18,372 fans.
NEWS
May 21, 2011 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, FOR THE INQUIRER
After 60 minutes of relatively little action, the last half-hour of Saturday's game between the Union and Chicago Fire provided plenty of entertainment for the sellout crowd at PPL Park. Carlos Ruiz smashed a first-time volley from 35 yards past Delaware County native Jon Conway in the 75th minute to give the Union (5-3-2, 17 points) a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire (1-4-5, 8 points) in front of 18,372 fans. All three goals came in a 12-minute span late in the second half. In the 63d minute, rookie midfielder Michael Farfan got the Union on the scoreboard with a long-range strike of his own. After Roger Torres was fouled deep into the Fire's half of the field on the left flank, Kyle Nakazawa played the free kick back across midfield.
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