July 3, 2016 |
Saturday at 9 p.m., BBVA Compass Stadium TV: The Comcast Network. Records: Union, 7-5-5, 26 points; Dynamo, 3-8-5, 14 points. Coaches: Union, Jim Curtin, 24-27-18; Dynamo, Wade Barrett, interim, 0-1-3. Union on the road: 1-4-3. Dynamo at home: 3-1-3. Goals for: Union, 29; Dynamo, 22 Goals against, Union, 25; Dynamo, 25. Last MLS game: The Union lost to the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-2, on Saturday. The Dynamo lost, 3-2. on Sunday at defending MLS Cup champion Portland.
June 16, 2016 |
The Union struggled in Major League Soccer play the previous two seasons but enjoyed success in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, losing in the championship game each year. Now, as the Union prepare for this year's U.S. Open Cup, they find themselves at the top of the MLS Eastern Conference with a 6-3-5 record for 23 points. The Union treated the U.S. Open Cup as their Super Bowl the last two years, and even though they now occupy first place their mind-set remains the same. All MLS teams receive a bye until the fourth round, and the Union will begin U.S. Open Cup play by hosting their former United Soccer League affiliate, the Harrisburg City Islanders, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Talen Energy Stadium.
June 2, 2016 |
Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Talen Energy Stadium Records: Crew, 3-4-5, 14 points; Union, 5-3-5, 20 points. TV: The Comcast Network. Last game: The Crew defeated visiting Real Salt Lake, 4-3, on Saturday. The Union played host Colorado to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Goals for: Crew, 16; Union, 18. Goals against: Crew, 18; Union, 14. This season: The Union won at Columbus, 2-1, on March 12 in their second game of the season. Coaches: Crew, Gregg Berhalter, 32-25-23; Union, Jim Curtin, 22-25-17.
May 24, 2016 |
IT WAS A crisp night last Friday and the Philadelphia Union and archrival D.C. United were in the closing minutes of what looked like a scoreless draw at Talen Energy Stadium. The point earned would have been a positive result, especially considering the tightness of the race in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer. In the past, the Union would have happily walked away with that. The 2016 Union, however, has a strikingly different attitude. This team was irritated it had just played to three straight draws.
May 13, 2016 |
The Union have ramped up their expectations this season, and the game Wednesday night offered another example of that. Even though they controlled play for much of the night against one of the top teams in Major League Soccer, they were disappointed by 2-2 draw against the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy. In their previous game, a 1-1 draw at home with the San Jose Earthquakes, the game had the feeling of a loss because the Union surrendered the equalizer in the 83rd minute while up a man. On the surface, this one seemed more like a win since the Union consistently put the heat on the Galaxy.
April 29, 2016 |
WHAT CONSTITUTES the end to the start of a season is an undefined measurement. Sometimes it depends on whether a team wants to emphasize that it is having success or diminish the fact that it is struggling. Historically, the Union has never worried about that, because it has generally begun the season behind an eight ball and then fallen further behind. Going into Saturday's home game against the San Jose Earthquakes, the Union has completed about 20 percent of the 34-game MLS regular season.
April 9, 2016 |
The weather forecast for the Union's 7 p.m. Major League Soccer home game on Friday night against Orlando City SC calls for it to be frigid, and Union coach Jim Curtin couldn't be happier. Orlando City (2-0-2) and Real Salt Lake (2-0-2) are the only unbeaten teams in MLS. Since Orlando City is used to playing in warm weather, Curtin couldn't contain his glee about the forecast. Weather.com states that the temperature in Chester's Talen Energy Stadium Friday night is expected to be 36 degrees with a 20 percent chance of precipitation.
March 18, 2016 |
OBVIOUSLY after just two games, it's early in the season. Still, isn't it better to speak of it being early from a positive standpoint instead of a negative one? On Sunday when the Philadelphia Union has its 2016 Major League Soccer home opener at Talen Energy Stadium, it has a chance to do something that hasn't happened much in club history - win consecutive games. After winning 2-1 at Columbus last weekend, the Union (1-1-0) can post consecutive MLS wins by beating the New England Revolution (0-0-2)
March 13, 2016
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. Records: Union, 0-1; Columbus, 0-1. Coaches: Jim Curtin, 3rd season, 17-23-13; Columbus, Greg Berhalter, 3rd season, 29-22-18. TV: The Live Well Network. Opening week: The Union suffered a 2-0 setback on Sunday at FC Dallas. Columbus lost, 2-1, at Portland on Sunday in a rematch of last year's MLS Cup, also won by the Timbers by the same score. About the Union: This week, Curtin announced that midfielder Maurice Edu would be out at least three months with a fracture in his left leg. Midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta, who missed the opener with tendinitis in his knee, isn't expected to play.
October 28, 2015 |
Union midfielder Brian Carroll remembers Earnie Stewart as a tremendous teammate when the two played together for 2004 Major League Soccer champion D.C. United. Now Carroll is excited to have Stewart as his boss. On Monday, the Union announced the hiring of Stewart, a three-time U.S. World Cup performer, as the team's sporting director, effective Jan. 1. The reason he won't start the job sooner is because Stewart, 46, will complete his duties as director of football affairs at AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands, where he was born.