September 17, 2014 |
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.
September 11, 2014 |
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.
August 22, 2014 |
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.
August 16, 2014 |
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.
August 7, 2014 |
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.
August 2, 2014 |
Amid the starting of a new era in goal with the signing of two-time Algerian World Cup keeper Rais Mbolhi, the Union resume their push for the playoffs Friday with a crucial Major League Soccer match at Sporting Kansas City. Mbolhi, who signed Wednesday, won't make the trip. Interim manager Jim Curtin said Zac MacMath would be the starter. Once considered well out of the postseason running, the Union (5-8-8, 23 points) are just three points out of the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
July 25, 2014 |
LAST SATURDAY, the youngest member of the Union returned from a 9-day hiatus in Southern California, where he helped the United States U-20 men's national team claim an international tournament. Two days later, Major League Soccer announced Zach Pfeffer had been added to the 20-man roster for the league's inaugural Homegrown Game, an Aug. 4 match in Portland, Ore., played as part of All-Star weekend. Not a bad stretch for the 19-year-old midfielder from Dresher, a mere 13 months removed from Upper Dublin High School graduation.
July 24, 2014 |
Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer was named on Tueday to the roster for the inaugural Major League Soccer futures all-star game. The MLS Homegrown Game will be played Aug. 4 at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. "I'm very excited and honored to be selected as part of the Chipotle Homegrown team and excited to represent the Union as well as the other great homegrown players around the league," Pfeffer said in a news release. Pfeffer, from Dresher, is one of 20 players on the team, which will play the Portland Timbers U-23s before the Aug. 6 MLS All-Star Game.
July 14, 2014 |
THERE IS no question that soccer (futbol) fever has swept America in the last month. We all saw thousands of people gathered at outdoor venues to watch the gallant effort of the U.S. men's national team in the World Cup. The outpouring of public enthusiasm was contagious and drew in people who had no concept of the difference between a midfielder and a striker. This incredible enthusiasm was also reflected in TV ratings. Twenty-four million people watched the U.S. team's thrilling match against Portugal, which ended in an agonizing tie, and 24.5 million watched the U.S. team get eliminated by Belgium in the Round of 16. These rating surpassed the average for the 2013 World Series telecast (14.9 million average viewers)