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December 10, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
IN A BUSY day as far as roster moves go, the Union parted ways with its lone 2010 original and also added a forward. The club yesterday traded midfielder Amobi Okugo to Orlando City SC for an undisclosed amount of allocation money and the expansion team's 2016 second-round draft pick. It also acquired C.J. Sapong, Major League Soccer's 2011 rookie of the year, from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for Philadelphia's best pick in next month's MLS SuperDraft. Sapong, who formerly played for Reading United, a Union developmental affiliate, will be 26 come the season.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Getting that first win of the season last week, after 17 losses, certainly was a point of pride for the beleaguered 76ers. But what about Sixers point guard Michael Carter Williams? What did it mean to him? Not the 6-foot-6 MCW. The 10-inch plush version that retails for $19.99. At the Plymouth Meeting office of Bleacher Creatures, the doll made in Williams' likeness was a point of interest the morning after Wednesday's game. "Does two dolls make a run?" joked Matthew Hoffman, president and founder of the nine-employee company that opened in February 2011.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The cornerstone of the Union's strategy, owner Jay Sugarman said, is to internally develop their talent instead of buying it on the market. That strategy was strengthened Friday as the team announced the hiring of Rene Meulensteen as a consultant. Meulensteen, 50, will advise the Union on all soccer operations. The Dutchman spent 12 years with Manchester United and was most recently the manager of English club Fulham. He spent five years as an academy coach for United and will bring his experience with player development to the Union.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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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