April 21, 2015 |
After a dominating first half, the Union couldn't match the effort in the final 45 minutes Sunday and saw their modest unbeaten string snapped. Allowing players to roam freely near the goal, the Union squandered a 1-0 halftime lead in a 2-1 Major League Soccer loss to the New England Revolution at PPL Park. The Union, 1-0-1 in their previous two games, lowered their record to 1-4-3. "It was a very disappointing result," Union coach Jim Curtin said. "We let a huge opportunity slip through our fingers.
April 20, 2015 |
Since he is a player who performs with such grace in a smooth, skillful manner, Union defender Maurice Edu's toughness is often overlooked. It was on display during a 1-1 draw with New York City FC on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. He earned praise for his role in C.J Sapong's tying goal in the 86th minute. Edu got behind defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe to head a long ball from Cristian Maidana right to Sapong, who deposited the ball into the net from near the 6-yard line. While that was a game-changing play, the fact that Edu was on the field at all was even more impressive.
July 9, 2014 |
THE UNION and New England Revolution are probably getting a bit sick of each other. For the fourth time in less than 4 months - the third time at PPL Park - the MLS Eastern Conference foes play tonight, this match for a trip to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., with the victor advancing to play Aug. 12 on the road against FC Dallas or the Carolina Railhawks, of the North American Soccer League. Despite its 2014 MLS struggles, the eighth-place Union (4-8-6)
June 28, 2014 |
Interim manager Jim Curtin doesn't have much time for adjustments when the Union resume their Major League Soccer schedule Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., against the New England Revolution. He inherits a team precariously low in the standings and with no room for a losing streak. The Union (3-7-6, eighth in the East) defeated the Revolution, 1-0, in their home opener March 15 when forward Sebastien Le Toux scored the only goal in the 30th minute. The Revolution trounced the Union, 5-3, in the rematch in May. Curtin said even last year's 5-1 drubbing at the hands of the Revolution could represent a potential lesson for his team.
June 26, 2014 |
If the first two games are any indication, victories will not come any easier for the Union's interim manager, Jim Curtin, than they did for his predecessor, John Hackworth. For the second straight game, the Union needed overtime to stave off an opponent from a lesser league in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They beat the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League, 2-1, Tuesday night at PPL Park. "You're always going to get the best punch from the team that plays in the lower division," said Curtin, the former Union assistant coach who was promoted when Hackworth was fired on June 10. Sebastien Le Toux scored his second goal of the game on a penalty kick in the 114th minute after he was fouled in the box to give the Union their first lead of the night.
May 20, 2014 |
THE GOOD VIBES stemming from the biggest win of an otherwise woeful season lasted a mere 3 days. Surrendering five goals in a match will have that effect. "It's two steps forward, three steps back," Amobi Okugo said. On the heels of Wednesday night's road upset of Sporting Kansas City - a triumph manager John Hackworth labeled "an emotional win" - the Union came back home for a 5-3 shellacking from Major League Soccer's hottest team. Five players scored the five goals for the New England Revolution, which has scored 10 goals over its last two games and leads the Eastern Conference with 20 points.
March 14, 2014 |
AFTER GIVING up the equalizing goal in the final seconds in the season opener against Portland last weekend, the Union is ready to open its fifth season at PPL Park and is hoping for a better result. Tomorrow (4 p.m., Comcast SportsNet), the Union will host the New England Revolution, which was hammered by Houston, 4-0, in its opener. The teams met in a preseason game in early February and played to a 1-1 tie. Since then, the Union has been able to develop its revamped team. Despite New England's opening-game loss, Union manager John Hackworth understands the challenges the Revolution presents.
October 22, 2013 |
The Union staved off playoff elimination thanks to the work of one of their main Major League Soccer rivals, the New York Red Bulls. After the Red Bulls' 3-0 win over the host Houston Dynamo on Sunday, the Union are assured of having a meaningful regular-season finale when they host Sporting Kansas City in Saturday's 3 p.m. matchup at PPL Park in Chester. The Union must win Saturday to even have a chance of earning a playoff spot. Even if the Union beat Sporting, they will need help to earn the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
August 24, 2013 |
Union team manager John Hackworth said there will be a "playoff feel" when his team visits the New England Revolution in Sunday's Major League Soccer game at Gillette Stadium. Don't be surprised if he makes that comment quite a bit between now and the end of the regular season in the last week of October. Entering the weekend, the Union (10-7-8, 38 points) remained just one point out of first place in the Eastern Conference, where five teams will make the playoffs. The Union, however, are also just five points ahead of the sixth-place team, which happens to be the Revolution.
April 29, 2013
THE UNION was shut out by the New England Revolution, 2-0, in an MLS game Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The Revolution (2-3-2) scored twice in the second half to secure the win. The Union is 3-3-2. "That was not reflective of the kind of game we are capable of playing. And it was probably our worst performance on the year so far," Union manager John Hackworth said. "In a lot of ways, it's frustrating because we've been playing consistent and at least the way we tried to play tonight - it just wasn't the same.