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June 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Honduras World Cup midfielder Wilson Palacios finished his week-long trial with the Union and now the team will decide on whether to make him an offer during Major League Soccer's transfer window, which begins July 8. "Wilson's trial is done with the team," Union coach Jim Curtin said. "We will evaluate things further and have talks with ownership and see what makes the most sense for the club and his agent and make a decision that is best for the team. " While the team would likely want to bring on somebody who has appeared in the last two World Cups for Honduras, it isn't that easy.
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June 11, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
Andrew Wenger tallied the only goal of the match as the Union defeated Reading United, 1-0, in a friendly Tuesday at Don Thomas Stadium in Exeter, Berks County. Wenger was one of nine former Reading players to suit up for the Union. Goalkeeper John McCarthy, who also played for Reading, got the start in goal after sitting out the last six Major League Soccer matches. Reading is a player developement club for the Union.
NEWS
June 7, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
The film highlights soccer fans, soccer players, soccer coaches, and soccer balls, but, says director Jeffrey Bell, it's not a soccer movie. It is instead a tale of passion and faith, of an improbable Philadelphia sports victory that sprang from two crazy ideas: One, that a big, active fan base could develop to support a team that did not exist. Two, that the ceaseless efforts of those fans could help bring that hoped-for team into being. Implausible, but true. And now, immortalized.
SPORTS
May 19, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com
IN THE MIDST of yet another season of struggle on the field for the Union, fans' frustrations with the team's perennial struggles finally boiled over last night at PPL Park. And at the very last minute, those same fans finally got a much-needed reason to celebrate. Just days after narrowly being cut from the U.S. national team for the upcoming under-20 World Cup, Zach Pfeffer scored in the 93rd minute to give the Union a 1-0 win over D.C. United. It was just the team's second victory in 12 games this season.
SPORTS
May 18, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union have confirmed that goalie Brian Sylvestre's short-term loan has been extended for eight weeks. Sylvestre was on a short-term loan from the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League. In addition, the Union loaned rookie forward Dzenan Catic to the RailHawks. Catic has not seen action this year for the Union. The Inquirer reported on Friday that the deal was agreed to , but it had to await approval from Major League Soccer. Sylvestre is expected to be the starter in Sunday's 7 p.m. game at PPL Park against D.C. United (6-1-3)
SPORTS
May 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a Major League Soccer season when little has gone right for the 1-5-3 Union, coach Jim Curtin pulled no punches this week when discussing the team's deficiencies. First and foremost, this is a team that does not challenge defenses enough and also makes too many errant passes. "Possession-wise we've been a disaster this year," Curtin said. "Confidence goes the longest way. " This is not a confident team. "When you have confident players, they want the ball in tight spots, and right now we would rather shy away from moving an extra yard or two to keep possession," Curtin said.
SPORTS
April 3, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
MAYBE THERE is something bad in the water that Philadelphia Union players drink during training sessions. This season was supposed to be different. Manager Jim Curtin, instead of diving in headfirst at midseason as he did when he got the job on an interim basis last year, has had a full offseason to plan and prepare for the task. Collaborating with technical director Chris Albright and assistant coach Mike Sorber, Curtin has brought in his own players and put together the roster he wanted.
SPORTS
March 31, 2015
TORONTO FC has been one of the worst clubs in Major League Soccer. In an effort to improve, the Reds have spent millions of dollars to improve the talent on the roster, which now boasts U.S. national-team stars Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. Last night, Toronto FC lost at Real Salt Lake, 2-1, sans Altidore and Bradley, who are with the national team in Europe for an international friendly against Switzerland tomorrow. Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, Orlando City defender Brek Shea and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes missed matches with their MLS teams for the same reason.
SPORTS
March 5, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com
AFTER TWO preseason training stints in Florida, the Union is back in town and preparing for Saturday's season opener against the Colorado Rapids at PPL Park (4 p.m., 6ABC). There's just one small problem: The game might not happen. Major League Soccer and the players union are locked in contentious negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement. With the first game leaguewide of 2015 set for Friday night - Chicago at Los Angeles (10 p.m., UniMás) - time is running out to get a deal done.
SPORTS
February 26, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
WHAT HAPPENS if a professional sports league goes on strike and hardly anyone cares? Major League Soccer might soon find out. On March 6, MLS is scheduled to kick off its 20th season when the reigning champion Los Angeles Galaxy plays the Chicago Fire. With 20 teams - including expansion franchises in New York City and Orlando, Fla. - a 34-game schedule and long-desired international respect as a quality league, MLS is about as healthy as it has ever been. Last May, MLS along with United States Soccer, signed a landmark 8-year, $720 million television and media rights deal with ESPN, Fox Sports and Univision Deportes to broadcast games from this year through 2022.
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