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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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July 3, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 16, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 2, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 24, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
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.
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May 13, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 29, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
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.
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April 9, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 18, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Staff Writer
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)
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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.
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October 28, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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