March 7, 2014 |
IT WAS a tough ending for manager John Hackworth and the Union, who fell out of MLS Cup playoff contention in the final weeks of the 2013 regular season. But that is all in the past now. With key offseason additions, Hackworth believes it is time to move on and focus on the bright road ahead for the youngest team in Major League Soccer, beginning with tomorrow night's opening game at Portland (10:30, Comcast SportsNet). "When you look at the core group of guys that are returning to our team, we clearly needed more veteran guys, guys that are a little older with a little more experience and guys that we think are still in their prime," Hackworth said.
January 18, 2014 |
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber wasn't a popular figure when he was introduced to kick off the SuperDraft festivities at the Convention Center. With a large contingent of Union supporters from the Sons of Ben fan club, Garber was booed when introduced and it had to do with the stalled negotiations of midfielder Maurice Edu. There were reports that the Union were ready to sign the 27-year-old Edu to a one-year deal, but that MLS wasn't happy with how much he was being offered, a reported $1.2 million.
January 16, 2014 |
The Union traded central defender Jeff Parke, who starred at Downingtown West and Drexel, after his lone year with the club. Parke, 31, who made 31 starts, was sent Tuesday to D.C. United for defender Ethan White. The Union also received United's No. 1 ranking in the Major League Soccer allocation order, and United got the Union's No. 6 allocation ranking. The allocation process is for players who come to MLS outside the SuperDraft, who are not "discovered," or who are not designated players, according to Todd Durbin, MLS executive vice president of player relations and competition.
January 15, 2014 |
THE CURRENT perception of the Union is something CEO Nick Sakiewicz is well aware of. He knows about the narrative floating on Twitter and other social-media sites regarding his franchise - that the organization does not want to spend the money necessary to take it to the next level of competition in Major League Soccer. Never one to hold back his feelings, Sakiewicz bristles at the suggestions. "I kind of chuckle at the idea," Sakiewicz said the other day as he was about to board a flight to Europe.
December 14, 2013 |
New Mexico's Kyle Venter had a reaction similar to that of most amateur and professional soccer players seeing PPL Park for the first time. Venter, a senior defender, and his teammates had a walk-through on a chilly Thursday morning in preparation for Friday's College Cup soccer semifinals at the stadium in Chester. In the 5 p.m. game, New Mexico (14-5-2) will face Notre Dame (15-1-6). Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Maryland (16-3-5) and Virginia (13-5-5) will meet in the 7:30 p.m. semifinal.
October 11, 2013 |
Since the firing of Peter Laviolette as Flyers coach, a lot has been made of Eagles coach Chip Kelly's being the longest-tenured Philadelphia coach among the four "major" sports teams in Philadelphia after only five games. This news, which has been reported frequently, has the Union of Major League Soccer taking exception. John Hackworth was named the Union's interim manager (which in soccer is head coach) on June 13, 2012, replacing the fired Peter Nowak. Hackworth had the interim tag removed on Aug. 30, 2012.
July 8, 2013 |
As millions took to Egypt's streets over the last week, as the government fell and clashes turned bloody, the coach of the country's national soccer team happened to be home. In New Jersey. Even as the United States ordered all nonessential embassy employees home, there was little question Bob Bradley would return to Egypt. For many Egyptians, he is the Essential American. Right now, two documentaries are being made about this man and his team. One is titled We Must Go . The words were chosen because Bradley has heard them from so many Egyptians referring to next year's World Cup. Egypt has played in the World Cup just once since 1934, but has sailed into the final round of qualifying.
June 27, 2013 |
Jack McInerney knows when to drift away from the crowd. These days, the Union forward is the last man opponents should want to lose track of. Yet at the most interesting times, it keeps happening. "For me, it's just, expect to get the ball where no one else [thinks of] - why would it land there?" said McInerney, a 20-year-old in his first full season as a starter, currently tied for the Major League Soccer scoring lead with 10 goals. Over 90 minutes in a recent game at Toronto, McInerney had touched the ball maybe four or five times.
May 29, 2013 |
IT FINALLY happened. Sunday night on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Robbie Rogers walked onto the pitch for a Major League Soccer match between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC and became the first verified psychic to play in a U.S. professional sports league. Well, not really. But Rogers did tell ESPN soccer analyst Alexis Lalas before the game that, "I'm just hoping we're up 4-0 so I can get in the game and enjoy myself," and that was exactly the score when Galaxy coach Bruce Arena subbed in Rogers for Juninho in the 77th minute.
May 24, 2013
The Week in Soccer Chelsea vs. Manchester City 5:30 p.m. Saturday (Fox Soccer Channel) The Europa League winners face last year's English champions at Yankee Stadium, just days after City announced a partnership with the Yankees to launch NYC FC, a new Major League Soccer team. Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City 3:30 p.m. Sunday (NBC Sports Network) Kansas City ended Houston's MLS-record 36-game home unbeaten streak earlier this month.