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April 28, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER - Far more than a mere sports arena, the Major League Soccer stadium was going to be the centerpiece of an economic renaissance for the struggling city of Chester. In announcing $47 million in state funding for the project in 2008, Gov. Ed Rendell went so far as to say it would "change the face of Chester forever," the axis for development that would include housing, a convention center, office and retail space, and a riverside promenade on the city's historic waterfront.
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May 20, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once again, the Union are looking for a head of soccer operations. The team's CEO and operating partner, Nick Sakiewicz, said Monday that Rene Meulensteen's six-month term as consultant will end this month and will not be extended. Meulensteen is leaving for personal reasons, Sakiewicz said. Jim Curtin is the Union's head coach and Chris Albright is technical director, directly involved in player management and movement in addition to coaching decisions. Sakiewicz has been the object of recent fan derision.
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March 31, 2012
The U.S. women's soccer team will play China in an exhibition May 27 at PPL Park in Chester, in preparation for the London Olympics. "We are pleased to welcome back the U.S. women's national team to PPL Park," said Nick Sakiewicz, CEO and operating partner of Keystone Sports and Entertainment. "This is the third time that we have hosted a U.S. Soccer match and we are proud to be one of the final stops for the [women] before they head off to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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July 25, 2014
THE FINAL, semifinal and third-place games of this October's CONCACAF women's championship will be played at Chester's PPL Park, U.S. Soccer announced yesterday. The games will be held Oct. 24 and 26, with the winner, runner-up and third-place finisher automatically qualifying for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Ticket information is not yet available, and kickoff times for the tournament will not be set until Sept. 5. Fox Sports will broadcast the matches across its multiple channels.
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November 10, 2009 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Philadelphia Union, the expansion Major League Soccer club set to begin play next year, has hired John Hackworth as coach and youth development coordinator. Hackworth comes to the Union from the United States Men's National Team that recently qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa. "He [Hackworth] has proven his ability to nurture young players and that talent will be essential in our plan to develop them into successful professionals," said Union coach Peter Nowak.
NEWS
April 27, 2011 | Daily News Staff Report
The Union will host English Premier League club Everton on July 20 at PPL Park. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Everton features U.S. men's national team goalkeeper Tim Howard and Australian international Tim Cahill. Five-time FA Cup champions and winners of nine top flight league titles in England, the Blues are currently in seventh place in the Premier League, just five points behind Liverpool F.C. PPL Park is the Toffees' first stop on their United States tour. The team also visit D.C. United on July 23 at RFK Stadium.
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September 1, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Hackworth is no longer the Union's interim manager - he's taken a step up, with the team's announcement Thursday that he's been named manager. The terms of his contract were not released, but a Union source said that Hackworth was committed through the 2014 season. Hackworth, 42, had been an assistant coach since the team's inception. He was hired by the Union in 2009, and the team began Major League Soccer play in 2010. Hackworth replaced the fired Peter Nowak on an interim basis on June 13. The Union are 5-6-2 under Hackworth, and 7-13-4 overall this season.
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August 11, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Major League Soccer and the NBC Sports Group have agreed to a three-year media rights agreement that begins at the start of the 2012 MLS season. The deal calls for 45 MLS games and four U.S. men's national team contests to be televised live on both NBC and NBC Sports Network each season. NBC Sports Network is the newly named cable channel that will be rebranded from Versus on Jan. 2, 2012. Each season NBC will broadcast two regular-season MLS games, two playoff games, and two appearances by the U.S. men's national team.
NEWS
April 12, 2012 | Daily News Staff Report
The Union will host Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04 on May 9 at PPL Park, the Union announced. Schalke is among the most popular teams in Germany and features stars as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, currently ranked second in the Bundesliga in scoring, Spanish legend Raul and U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones. The team is in third place in the Bundesliga and is just one win away from a top four finish and a spot in the Champions League next season. "Over the last two years we have hosted top English, Mexican, Spanish and Scottish clubs to play the Union," said Nick Sakiewicz, Union CEO and operating partner.
SPORTS
May 10, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union are in a dire goalkeeping situation. Goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi, who returned to the Union this week after the team suggested he take time off after a rough start, didn't travel to Vancouver, and won't play in Saturday's Major League Soccer game against the Whitecaps. He attended practice Tuesday and Wednesday and wasn't on the field with the team on Thursday before they departed for Vancouver. Brian Sylvestre, 22, was acquired by short-term loan and will be the Union's starting goalie.
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May 20, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once again, the Union are looking for a head of soccer operations. The team's CEO and operating partner, Nick Sakiewicz, said Monday that Rene Meulensteen's six-month term as consultant will end this month and will not be extended. Meulensteen is leaving for personal reasons, Sakiewicz said. Jim Curtin is the Union's head coach and Chris Albright is technical director, directly involved in player management and movement in addition to coaching decisions. Sakiewicz has been the object of recent fan derision.
SPORTS
May 10, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union are in a dire goalkeeping situation. Goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi, who returned to the Union this week after the team suggested he take time off after a rough start, didn't travel to Vancouver, and won't play in Saturday's Major League Soccer game against the Whitecaps. He attended practice Tuesday and Wednesday and wasn't on the field with the team on Thursday before they departed for Vancouver. Brian Sylvestre, 22, was acquired by short-term loan and will be the Union's starting goalie.
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March 8, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sun was shining on PPL Park on Friday morning as Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" blasted through the speakers. But even the famous song could not drown out the chorus of scraping shovels and beeping trucks that echoed through the stadium. Workers in parkas, hats, and gloves moved through each row, using orange shovels to scrape snow and ice from seats and stairways. A dump truck carried snow across the field and out of the stadium before returning for another load. The snowstorm that hit the Philadelphia region Thursday arrived just two days before the Union's Major League Soccer home opener against the Colorado Rapids.
SPORTS
January 28, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IF THERE IS one thing that won't surprise Union head coach Jim Curtin and technical director/assistant coach Chris Albright, it will be the high expectations placed on them by the team's fan base. Not too long ago, Curtin and Albright were on the other side of the fence, demanding commitments of excellence from the management of the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and Sixers. Curtin is from Oreland and in 2001 became the first Villanova player taken in the Major League Soccer draft, by the Chicago Fire.
SPORTS
July 25, 2014
THE FINAL, semifinal and third-place games of this October's CONCACAF women's championship will be played at Chester's PPL Park, U.S. Soccer announced yesterday. The games will be held Oct. 24 and 26, with the winner, runner-up and third-place finisher automatically qualifying for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Ticket information is not yet available, and kickoff times for the tournament will not be set until Sept. 5. Fox Sports will broadcast the matches across its multiple channels.
SPORTS
July 2, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Asking whether the United States is now a "soccer nation," which has become a timely if peculiar fascination during the excitement of the World Cup, is like asking if the U.S. is a "broccoli nation. " Soccer is consumed here regularly; fervidly by some, occasionally by others, and not at all by those who simply don't care for it. For the most part in this country - with the notable exception of the NFL - that's no different than any other sport. The United States has many basketball fans and hockey fans, but none of them feel it necessary to hear that this is a "basketball nation" or "hockey nation.
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June 14, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
The two men on the dais Thursday morning at PPL Park could not have dressed more differently. Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz, the man tasked with rebuilding the club once more, wore a patterned shirt unbuttoned at the collar, his sleeves rolled up. Work mode, he called it. At his right elbow, interim manager Jim Curtin sat in a dark suit, his tie crisply knotted, the mop of red hair from his MLS playing days neatly shorn....
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June 12, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
AS HE SAYS he always does, Nick Sakiewicz rewatched the Union's most recent game. He observed once again the early two-goal deficit and then the shocking three-goal comeback in the second half. He noted the spark provided by Michael Lahoud, a seldom-used midfielder who was inserted after halftime. And thus Sakiewicz, the team's CEO, began to ponder a change. "We're down 2-nil at halftime. And then it takes a motivated player, Michael Lahoud, who hadn't played a minute for us, to spark our team.
SPORTS
June 12, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz said he believes that a disappointing year can be salvaged. That's why, with 18 games remaining in the Major League Soccer season, he made the move Tuesday to fire team manager John Hackworth. Assistant coach Jim Curtin, a former all-star with the Chicago Fire, was named interim head coach. Curtin, a 34-year-old Villanova graduate, will talk to the media Thursday. A year after setting a franchise record for wins during a 12-12-10 season and barely missing the playoffs, the Union stand at 3-7-6.
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June 4, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
FOR SOCCER FANS, the World Cup is the premier event. There is no shortage of celebrations and watch parties all around the world for 4 weeks in June and July. While the Union has no one on the U.S. national team, the team is still getting in the World Cup spirit. The Union announced its watch party schedule for the World Cup yesterday afternoon in Center City. The team has scheduled 29 events all around the region during the tournament. Most of the events are based around when the U.S. national team plays in the group stages, which will be on June 16 against Ghana, June 22 against Portugal and June 26 against Germany.
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