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October 30, 2011
Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City Eastern Conference semifinal two game aggregate series At stake: The winner of this series will face the winner of the two-game, aggregate-goal Dynamo-Union series in a single-elimination Eastern Conference final. As the top seed, Sporting Kansas City would host any conference final if they win. Games: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. in Commerce City, Col.; Wednesday, 8 p.m. in Kansas City, Kan. Regular-season records: Colorado (12-9-13, 49 points, fifth place in the Western Conference)
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November 7, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
MIKE MAGEE scored the go-ahead goal on a pass from David Beckham in the 58th minute, and Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane also scored as the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated Real Salt Lake, 3-1 in the MLS Western Conference final in Carson, Calif., last night. The Galaxy will play the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup on Nov. 20 in Carson. Houston beat host Sporting Kansas City, 2-0, for the Eastern Conference title yesterday. This is the LA' seventh trip to the title game, the most of any team in the league.
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November 21, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
CARSON, Calif. - Landon Donovan scored in the 72d minute on passes from Robbie Keane and David Beckham, and the Los Angeles Galaxy's three superstars won their first MLS Cup together with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Sunday night. Beckham won his first MLS title in the final game of his groundbreaking, five-year deal with the Galaxy, who rolled to the franchise's third league crown after finishing with the best regular-season record. Beckham punctuated a solid performance with an alert header to Keane, the Irish striker who joined Los Angeles in midseason from Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.
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October 16, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union admitted that it wasn't the ideal way to move into the postseason, but getting there was always the first goal. And if it took a tie against the team that entered the day having allowed the most goals in Major League Soccer, so be it. In their second season, the Union will be making their first MLS Cup playoffs appearance, following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Toronto before a record crowd of 19,178 at PPL Park in Chester. The tie secured one of the league's 10 playoff berths.
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November 6, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Taylor Twellman, the reigning Major League Soccer MVP, scored in the fourth minute to lead the New England Revolution to a 1-0 victory over D.C. United yesterday in the Eastern Conference final in Washington. Matt Reis made eight saves for the winners. The triumph earned New England a second consecutive appearance in the MLS championship game. The Houston Dynamo captured the Western Conference title by beating the visiting Colorado Rapids, 3-1. Paul Dalglish scored two goals for the Dynamo to overcome a 1-0 deficit.
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December 2, 2012
Landon Donovan scored the tiebreaking goal on a penalty kick in the 65th minute, and David Beckham left Major League Soccer as a two-time champion with the Los Angeles Galaxy's 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup final in Carson, Calif., on Saturday. Omar Gonzalez , the game's MVP, tied it in the 61st minute with a header, and Robbie Keane added another goal on a penalty kick in added time for the Galaxy, who defended their title and won a fourth MLS Cup, tying D.C. United.
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November 24, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Guillermo Barros Schelotto assisted on all three Columbus Crew goals yesterday in a 3-1 MLS Cup victory over the New York Red Bulls in Carson, Calif. The 35-year-old Argentinian received the game's MVP award to go with the regular-season MVP trophy he picked up earlier in the week. Columbus coach Sigi Schmid hoisted the Cup in the home stadium of the Los Angeles Galaxy, a team that fired him in 2004. Columbus and New York were original members of the MLS when it began in 1996, and both were playing in the league championship for the first time.
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October 28, 2011
There are different theories on whether it means very much to have momentum going into the MLS Cup playoffs, but at least in the Union's case we're about to find out. That's because when the Union open the first of a two-game, aggregate-goal Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday at PPL Park in Chester against the Houston Dynamo, the two teams are coming from different directions. The Union had played well in the final weeks of the season, but then were not at the top of their game in their final two regular-season matches.
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November 5, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
HOUSTON - It was a simple statement, nothing that will appear on bulletin boards, but it helps explain why the Union's long season has ended and the Houston Dynamo will be in Kansas City, Kan., on Sunday to play Sporting in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference final. After his team's 1-0 win over the Union on Thursday night at Robertson Stadium, which gave Houston a 3-1 edge in the two-game aggregate-goal Eastern Conference semifinal series, Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis explained why his team is still are playing soccer and the Union's long and successful second season is history.
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October 24, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union opened their second Major League Soccer season by playing Houston in March, and they will begin their first MLS Cup playoff run on Sunday against the Dynamo. With Houston's 3-1 win on Sunday against the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy in the final game of the MLS regular season, the Union settled into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and will meet No. 2 seed Houston in the two-game conference semifinals of the MLS Cup playoffs. Both teams received a bye from the four-team wild-card round.
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February 3, 2015
IN A LOT of ways, Major League Soccer has come full circle to what it was always intended to be. That is, a domestic professional league in which the American player could earn a living while honing his skills to help the United States raise its status in global soccer. The big difference is that with 2 decades of dedication, hard work, ups and downs, trials and errors, MLS has grown from a place that was the only real option for Americans to play professionally to one where many of the top U.S. players are returning as a preferred destination.
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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.
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September 18, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
CONSIDERING the championship history of Philadelphia sports - or, rather, the relative lack thereof - the Union had to know that winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final was not going to be easy. In the end, the script became all too familiar - heartbreak as another team celebrated a championship at Philadelphia's expense. For more than 100 minutes, U.S. national team star Clint Dempsey had been relatively invisible. But like all great players, he needed only one moment to make his presence felt.
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September 17, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
I WON'T exaggerate and claim that if the Union beats Seattle tonight at PPL Park and captures the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it will be as big as if it makes the playoffs and wins the MLS championship. The MLS Cup is the ultimate goal of professional soccer in the United States. It is this sport's equivalent of winning the Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup or NBA Finals. In comparison, winning the Open Cup would be like winning the . . . well, there is no real equivalent in any other U.S. professional sport.
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September 16, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
IN THE thick of the MLS playoff hunt and 3 days before the biggest game in the Union's young history, Jim Curtin was willing to gamble. Ahead of tomorrow's U.S. Open Cup final at PPL Park against Seattle, Curtin elected to start Saturday's game against the New York Red Bulls - who have one more point than the Union in the MLS standings - with a few starting 11 mainstays on the bench. Leading scorer Sébastien Le Toux, midfielders Cristián Maidana and Vincent Nogueira, defender Sheanon Williams and new goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi all watched Saturday's kickoff alongside Curtin on the Union bench.
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August 23, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union defender Carlos Valdes is beginning to get his legs back, but he concedes there is still some progress to be made. Valdes was on loan to two different teams for 19 months before returning to the Union on Aug. 4. In 2011, he helped lead the Union to their only Major League Soccer playoff spot, and the next year, he was on the MLS all-star team. Before Valdes returned to the Union, his most recent action came when he played the entire game during Colombia's 4-1 World Cup win over Japan on June 24. Colombia eventually advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Brazil, 2-1. Valdes took some time off after the World Cup. His first game in his return to the Union was a 2-1 win over Montreal on Aug. 9 at PPL Park.
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July 25, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
WEDNESDAY was not a good day for the ego of Major League Soccer. At its core, European clubs coming to the United States to play summer exhibition games as part of preseason training is about expanding brand names and making some dollars during a time normally devoted to conditioning. They take the results of these glorified scrimmages about as seriously as NFL teams take the results of preseason games or major league baseball teams take the results of spring-training games. It's more about working on things and experimenting for when league play starts in August.
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April 11, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
IT WAS AN interesting week for the Union, what with trading one of the best young scorers in the MLS in exchange for a former No. 1 draft pick, releasing a veteran and earning a draw in Chicago. The week ahead gets no easier, beginning tomorrow, when the Union (1-1-3) returns to PPL Park for a difficult test against Real Salt Lake (2-0-3) at 4 p.m. Philadelphia will then have to prepare for two more games later in the week without forward Jack McInerney and midfielder Keon Daniel.
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March 7, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
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.
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November 27, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Major League Soccer released the schedule for the 2014 season on Monday, with the Union opening their season on March 8 on the road against the Portland Timbers as part of a seven-match opening day. The league will take a two-week break from June 12 to 25 during the World Cup in Brazil, and the regular season ends on Oct. 26. The Union's slate features 23 Saturday games, the most since the team began MLS play in 2010. Eight Union games will be shown on national TV, including a prime-time matchup against the New York Red Bulls on July 16 on ESPN2.
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