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April 23, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
The Union held on for its second consecutive victory Saturday despite two red cards in the second half, edging Chivas USA, 1-0, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Freddy Adu's goal in the 40th minute proved to be the difference as goalkeeper Zac MacMath and the Union defense extended their shutout streak to 332 minutes. Following an opening 40 minutes that featured few scoring opportunities, the Union (2-3-1) got things started with a series of dribbling moves by midfielder Michael Farfan that led to a cross into the middle.
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April 6, 2013
When/Where: Saturday, 5 p.m. at Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. TV: Live Well Network. Records: Union (2-2, 6 points); Columbus (2-1-1, 7 points). Union on the road: 1-1. Columbus at home: 0-0-1. Goals for: Union 5; Columbus 7. Goals against: Union 6; Columbus 4. Last MLS outing: The Union suffered a 2-1 loss against the host New York Red Bulls last Saturday. The Crew won, 2-1, at D.C. United on March 23. About the Union: Union team manager John Hackworth wouldn't say if 33-year-old Brazilian midfielder Kléberson would make his debut, but he's been practicing with the team, and it would surprise nobody if he plays.
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July 9, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE UNION dropped a 1-0 decision in Houston on Saturday night, but remain tied for third place in the East with 27 points. The Dynamo got a second-half goal from Ricardo Clark to secure the win over the Union (7-6-6). "This is a tough league; you're going to win some and you're going to lose some, especially when you play in these kinds of conditions with our third game in 8 days," manager John Hackworth said after the match. "I thought our team put out a fantastic effort. It just wasn't there tonight.
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August 13, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even though 13 games remain, the Union's postseason hopes suffered a major blow Sunday when their recent dominance at PPL Park ended. After taking a 1-0 lead, the Union suffered a late first-half collapse and never recovered in a 3-1 Major League Soccer loss to the visiting Chicago Fire in front of a home crowd of 18,412 in Chester. Not only did the Union's four-game home MLS winning streak end, but a serious playoff contender bolstered its chances. Five teams in each conference will qualify for the playoffs.
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August 13, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though 13 games remain, the Union's postseason hopes suffered a major blow Sunday when their recent dominance at PPL Park ended. After taking a 1-0 lead, the Union suffered a late first-half collapse and never recovered in a 3-1 Major League Soccer loss to the visiting Chicago Fire in front of a home crowd of 18,412 in Chester. Not only did the Union's four-game home MLS winning streak end, but a serious playoff contender bolstered its chances. Five teams in each conference will qualify for the playoffs.
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October 27, 2012
Saturday at 1:30 p.m., PPL Park TV: NBC10. Records: New York, 15-9-9, 54 points; Union, 10-17-6, 36 points. Coaches: New York, Hans Backe (46-26-30); Union, John Hackworth (8-10-4). This season: New York has won both games against the Union. The Red Bulls won, 3-2, on May 13 at PPL Park and defeated the visiting Union, 2-0, on July 21. Goals for: New York, 54; Union, 37. Goals against: New York, 46; Union, 42. Most recent MLS games: New York played visiting Kansas City to a scoreless draw last Saturday.
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September 20, 2012
Thursday at 8 p.m., PPL Park, Chester   TV: ESPN2 Coaches: D.C. United, Ben Olsen (25-31-18); Union, John Hackworth (5-6-4) Records: D.C. United, 13-10-5, 44 points; Union, 7-13-6, 27 points United on the road: 3-9-1 Union at home: 5-6-2 Previous meetings: The Union won a 2-1 decision in extra time in the U.S. Open Cup on June 5. In two MLS games, United won, 1-0, at PPL Park on June 16 and the teams played to a 1-1 draw at RFK Stadium on Aug. 19. Most recent MLS games: On Saturday, United beat visiting New England, 2-1. The Union played to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Toronto.
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October 7, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Both Jack McInerney and the Union have continued their strong late-season play, even with the team out of the Major League Soccer postseason picture. McInerney's header in the 73d minute gave the Union a 1-0 win Saturday over the New England Revolution at PPL Park. It was the third win in their last four games for the Union (10-15-6) and their second in a row. McInerney, 20, has scored in three consecutive games. He has a team-high seven goals after he totaled four in the previous two years.
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July 22, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
HARRISON, N.J. - While the matchup of New York's Sebastien Le Toux meeting his former teammates drew most of the pregame headlines, it was the play of Kenny Cooper that once again foiled the Union. Cooper scored twice on headers as the New York Red Bulls defeated the Union, 2-0, in Saturday's Major League Soccer match at Red Bull Arena. The loss snapped a three-game MLS winning streak for the Union, who fell to 6-10-2. New York improved to 11-5-5 and is 7-0-3 at home. During New York's 3-2 win over the Union on May 13 at PPL Park, the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Cooper scored the game-winning goal.
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July 9, 2012 | By Kate Harman, FOR THE INQUIRER
For the first half of Sunday's Major League Soccer game, Union forward Jack McInerney was everywhere on offense. He easily ran through the Toronto defenders and seemed to be a step ahead of their entire back line. Though McInerney did not find the back of the net, his spark up top helped the Union defeat Toronto FC, 3-0, at PPL Park in Chester. "One of the guys that is making the offense happen right now is Jack," forward Antoine Hoppenot said. "He's been giving us a lot of energy.
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July 14, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
IT IS NOT how you start a game, but how you finish - just ask Zac MacMath. Now in his third season with the Union, the 21-year-old goalkeeper has enjoyed ups and downs throughout his professional career, but MacMath understands he must learn to finish games consistently to be considered a top MLS player. In Philadelphia's 20 games this season, the Union has dominated the first half, scoring 15 goals, while MacMath has allowed eight. The second half typically has been a different story.
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July 14, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
All 10 remaining Chivas USA players and the goalkeeper crowded the goalmouth in the 82d minute of their match against the Union Friday. They lunged forward and then back, trying to time the Union shot. Seven yards away, Michael Farfan waited. Then he struck. A sloppy match turned frenzied late, and Farfan sealed a 3-1 comeback victory for the Union with one of the more unorthodox goals in soccer. He scored on an indirect kick from atop the 6-yard box - essentially a more harried, more crowded penalty kick from closer range.
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July 9, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE UNION dropped a 1-0 decision in Houston on Saturday night, but remain tied for third place in the East with 27 points. The Dynamo got a second-half goal from Ricardo Clark to secure the win over the Union (7-6-6). "This is a tough league; you're going to win some and you're going to lose some, especially when you play in these kinds of conditions with our third game in 8 days," manager John Hackworth said after the match. "I thought our team put out a fantastic effort. It just wasn't there tonight.
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April 6, 2013
When/Where: Saturday, 5 p.m. at Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. TV: Live Well Network. Records: Union (2-2, 6 points); Columbus (2-1-1, 7 points). Union on the road: 1-1. Columbus at home: 0-0-1. Goals for: Union 5; Columbus 7. Goals against: Union 6; Columbus 4. Last MLS outing: The Union suffered a 2-1 loss against the host New York Red Bulls last Saturday. The Crew won, 2-1, at D.C. United on March 23. About the Union: Union team manager John Hackworth wouldn't say if 33-year-old Brazilian midfielder Kléberson would make his debut, but he's been practicing with the team, and it would surprise nobody if he plays.
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March 2, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the west end of PPL Park, a banner runs beneath the length of the scoreboard, asking in bold letters, "What Do You Stand For?" The Union will begin forming their own answer to that question Saturday afternoon when they open their fourth MLS season at PPL Park against Sporting K.C. After an offseason reshaping the roster, and with manager John Hackworth entering his first full season, the Union's identity is more clear than it had been for...
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October 27, 2012
Saturday at 1:30 p.m., PPL Park TV: NBC10. Records: New York, 15-9-9, 54 points; Union, 10-17-6, 36 points. Coaches: New York, Hans Backe (46-26-30); Union, John Hackworth (8-10-4). This season: New York has won both games against the Union. The Red Bulls won, 3-2, on May 13 at PPL Park and defeated the visiting Union, 2-0, on July 21. Goals for: New York, 54; Union, 37. Goals against: New York, 46; Union, 42. Most recent MLS games: New York played visiting Kansas City to a scoreless draw last Saturday.
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October 7, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Both Jack McInerney and the Union have continued their strong late-season play, even with the team out of the Major League Soccer postseason picture. McInerney's header in the 73d minute gave the Union a 1-0 win Saturday over the New England Revolution at PPL Park. It was the third win in their last four games for the Union (10-15-6) and their second in a row. McInerney, 20, has scored in three consecutive games. He has a team-high seven goals after he totaled four in the previous two years.
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September 20, 2012
Thursday at 8 p.m., PPL Park, Chester   TV: ESPN2 Coaches: D.C. United, Ben Olsen (25-31-18); Union, John Hackworth (5-6-4) Records: D.C. United, 13-10-5, 44 points; Union, 7-13-6, 27 points United on the road: 3-9-1 Union at home: 5-6-2 Previous meetings: The Union won a 2-1 decision in extra time in the U.S. Open Cup on June 5. In two MLS games, United won, 1-0, at PPL Park on June 16 and the teams played to a 1-1 draw at RFK Stadium on Aug. 19. Most recent MLS games: On Saturday, United beat visiting New England, 2-1. The Union played to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Toronto.
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August 31, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Columbus Crew have put a major dagger into the Union's playoff chances. Despite playing a man down, the Crew's Eddie Gaven scored during second-half stoppage time as Columbus stunned the Union, 2-1, in Wednesday's Major League Soccer game before 16,568 at PPL Park. "I am an eternal optimist, but I would say unless we go on some amazing run, tonight was a game we had to have, and it was a six-point swing," said John Hackworth, the Union's interim coach. The Union own a 7-13-4 record (25 points)
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August 26, 2012 | By Kerith Gabriel, Daily News Staff Writer
For much of the match, he sat there, brow furrowed, arms clasped. For 82 minutes, Freddy Adu, the Union's half-million-dollar man watched from the sideline while the club he was brought into revolutionize hosted Real Salt Lake Friday night at PPL Park. Union interim manager John Hackworth said the decision was for "tactical reasons," noting that inserting midfielder Gabriel Gomez into the lineup at Adu's position provided much-needed size. Ultimately, it's always the coach's decision.
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