August 21, 2016 |
Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco was Major League Soccer's MVP last season, his first year in the league. The 29-year-old Italian forward certainly isn't suffering from the sophomore jinx. Giovinco will bring his talents to Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday for a key Eastern Conference game against the Union. After totaling 22 goals and 16 assists in 33 games last season, Giovinco entered the weekend tied for first in MLS with 15 goals and tied for second with 11 assists. The former Juventus star has been especially hot lately, with seven goals and four assists in his last five games.
July 30, 2016 |
Bringing a National Lacrosse League team back to Philadelphia is a top priority for the league, commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said Thursday. Since the Wings moved to Connecticut in 2014, Philadelphia has been without an NLL team. "It was a legendary team, arguably should have never left here. They brought in great numbers," said Sakiewicz, a former CEO and operating partner of Major League Soccer's Union. "They had a lot of relevance in the city. " Sakiewicz was named the NLL's commissioner in January and is in his first offseason with the league.
July 18, 2016 |
When Brian Carroll began his Major League Soccer career in 2003, he didn't think about how long it would last. At the time, it was just a dream come true to play in the league. He was just trying to make it and enjoy what he was doing. Thirteen years later, Carroll is still enjoying it, and he has the fourth-most starts of any player in league history. As the MLS grew in stability, Carroll has continued to stabilize games from midfield. "To do it for as long as he has in his career is something special," Union coach Jim Curtin said.
July 14, 2016 |
Philly soccer doc When Major League Soccer (MLS) was granting franchises around the country, it overlooked Philly. Local soccer fans were chagrined. But instead of cursing their luck, a small group of dedicated fans banded together to form a group, Sons of Ben, that lobbied hard to get MLS to reconsider our market. Eventually, they helped Philly get its own team, the Philadelphia Union. The work of those valiant few is immortalized in director Jeffrey Bell' s doc, Sons of Ben: The Movie , which will be available July 22 on DVD and all digital and VOD platforms.
July 11, 2016 |
On the manicured grass field set between the riverfront and the cracked asphalt of the surrounding Chester neighborhood, the heat rose in shimmering waves one day last week, and the soccer players swam steadily through, advancing toward the goal. It was just the first of two daily practices for the Philadelphia Union, the only team in Major League Soccer with a training schedule as demanding. It is much tougher than a year ago, and the players either fall in line or fall away. A lot is different with the Union compared with a year ago. The team, which has qualified for the MLS postseason just once in its six-year history and not since 2011, has been near the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
July 10, 2016 |
C.J. Sapong returned to action in extreme weather conditions last Saturday after more than a month off, but the Union forward isn't complaining. Competing in his first game since suffering a sprained right ankle in a 3-2 win over visiting Columbus on June 1, Sapong came off the bench in the 63rd minute during that 1-0 Major League Soccer loss at Houston against the Dynamo. The temperature for the game was approaching 100 degrees, but that was fine with Sapong. "It was definitely different," Sapong said.
June 13, 2016 |
For almost the entire time that Jurgen Klinsmann has been part of the American soccer landscape, he has yearned for the kind of occasion that Lincoln Financial Field hosted on Saturday. And not just since he took the helm of the U.S. men's soccer team five years ago. Even before then, as a studio commentator on ESPN's coverage of the 2010 World Cup, he was firing broadsides at aspects of the American soccer system he didn't like. In the same stadium that hosted Klinsmann's first game as U.S. coach in 2011, his longtime dream came true.
June 8, 2016 |
CHICAGO - Few national teams on the planet know the United States better than Costa Rica. From decades of World Cup qualifying slugfests to the many Ticos who've thrived in Major League Soccer, the ties between the two nations are close and long-standing. In this case, familiarity does not breed the same kind of contempt that fuels the Americans' rivalry with Mexico. But the U.S.-Costa Rica relationship isn't exactly cordial, either. Their matchups are often physical and rarely pretty - especially when the stakes are high.
May 26, 2016 |
The Union are in first place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference, and they have two games in hand on the two teams directly behind them. Despite this advantage, coach Jim Curtin isn't approaching the next few games on the road as if the Union are playing with house money. With so much parity, Curtin said that the Union have to keep pushing in their next three games before having a 16-day break while the Copa America Tournament begins. At 5-3-3 for 18 points, the Union are a point ahead of New York City FC and two ahead of the New York Red Bulls.
May 24, 2016 |
IT WAS A crisp night last Friday and the Philadelphia Union and archrival D.C. United were in the closing minutes of what looked like a scoreless draw at Talen Energy Stadium. The point earned would have been a positive result, especially considering the tightness of the race in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer. In the past, the Union would have happily walked away with that. The 2016 Union, however, has a strikingly different attitude. This team was irritated it had just played to three straight draws.