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November 8, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said he heard from more than 200 applicants from all over the world for the team's coaching job after John Hackworth was fired on June 10. As it turns out, Sakiewicz didn't have to look past Philadelphia. As expected, Jim Curtin, who was interim manager, was named the Union's third head coach on Friday. Curtin took over a Union team that was 3-7-6 in Major League Soccer. The team went 7-5-6 in MLS games under him. In all competitions, he was 11-6-6 and helped guide the Union to the U.S. Open Cup final, where they lost to Seattle, 3-1 in extra time.
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October 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz has become a lightning rod for criticism of a team that missed the Major League Soccer playoffs for the fourth time in its five-year existence. Sakiewicz has heard the criticism loud and clear, both at games and in cyberspace. He discounts the common perception that he has called the personnel shots for a Union team that was eliminated from the playoffs with two games remaining. The Union finished 10-12-12 for 42 points - seven points out of the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
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October 15, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
THE UNION pulled an astounding choke on Saturday night. In a span of 5 minutes, it blew a 2-0 lead late against the Columbus Crew to lose, 3-2, and got eliminated from the Major League Soccer playoff race. You decide which of the following statements sounds closer to the truth: In June, when he fired manager John Hackworth and replaced him with current interim manager Jim Curtin, Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said: "I think we have a lot of quality in our team. We're a good team; we have quality in the locker room.
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October 3, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union are entering their final playoff push needing to revive an offense that has gone dormant. They have been shut out in their last two Major League Soccer games, playing visiting Houston to a scoreless draw on Sept. 20 and losing on Saturday, 1-0, at Eastern Conference leader D.C. United. The scoring must happen now or the Union could find themselves out of the playoff race. As it is, the Union (9-10-11, 38 points) are three points out of the Eastern Conference's fifth and final playoff berth with four games left.
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September 17, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union are one win away from earning the first championship in the five-year history of the team. Interim manager Jim Curtin showed how much Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup final meant to the Union when he held several regulars from the starting lineup Saturday in a 2-2 Major League Soccer draw with the New York Red Bulls. The outcome left the Union tied for the fifth and final MLS Eastern Conference playoff spot with six games left. The full starting lineup is expected to be ready Tuesday when the Union host the Seattle Sounders in the title game at PPL Park.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp., of Philadelphia, which has faced criticism over its potential market power with Hispanic TV audiences, has agreed to distribute Univision Communications Inc.'s 24-hour cable-TV sports network to almost 12 million Comcast TV homes, the companies said Tuesday. The Spanish-language Univision Deportes Network will be available on Comcast's digital preferred tier or through its Xfinity Latino service. The agreement seems likely to neutralize a potential opponent of Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. Randel Falco, Univision's chief executive officer and president, said earlier this year that the federal government needed to investigate and potentially impose tough conditions on Comcast/Time Warner Cable to protect minority TV viewers, citing Comcast's refusal to distribute the Univision Deportes Network and two other Univision channels.
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August 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union signed Algerian World Cup goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi on July 30 and said he would be the starter as soon as he was ready. That time apparently has not arrived. Because of visa problems and a minor car accident, Mbolhi had been delayed in Paris. He was expected to arrive in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Interim manager Jim Curtin strongly suggested that Zac MacMath would be in goal for the Major League Soccer game against San Jose at 8 p.m. Sunday at PPL Park. The Union will not practice Thursday, but Mbolhi is expected to go through an individual workout.
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August 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
With their third game in seven days, the Union are banking on the adrenaline that has come from playing their best soccer of the season. So they hope to compensate for some tired legs when they visit the Houston Dynamo in Friday's Major League Soccer Eastern Conference game. The Union (6-8-9, 27 points) are tied for the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Houston (6-12-4, 22 points) is just five points behind the Union with a game in hand. And the Dynamo will be more rested, although they did have to travel to Seattle on Sunday for a 2-0 loss to the Sounders.
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August 7, 2014 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Union's present and future are in the spotlight this week as part of Major League Soccer's all-star festivities. The present is midfielder Maurice Edu. He's one of 23 all-stars who will face German superpower Bayern Munich Wednesday night in MLS's midsummer classic at Providence Park. Edu was a late addition to the squad as an injury replacement, but his name recognition and versatility on defense made him a natural fit. "It's definitely an honor, and one that I'm very appreciative of," Edu said.
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