January 24, 2012 |
A City Hall news conference on Tuesday involving Mayor Nutter and officials from Major League Soccer and the Union is expected to make official what multiple league sources have confirmed to Philly.com: that the Union will be hosting the 2012 MLS All-Star Game next summer. MLS and Union officials would not comment, but in addition to Nutter, MLS commissioner Don Garber, Chester mayor John Linder and Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz are scheduled to be among attending the news conference.
January 10, 2012 |
WHILE PPL PARK is in the running to host the 2012 MLS All-Star Game, the decision to award the stadium hosting rights has not been etched in stone, contrary to a recent Internet report that the Union already won the bid. The Union-centric soccer blog "Broad Street Hooligans" claimed (and then retracted, somewhat) that someone connected to the stadium witnessed a cellphone text to a Union official that the club was awarded the match, to be played on Aug. 1. But nothing is official, according to Union CEO and managing partner Nick Sakiewicz.
November 11, 2011 |
It seems as if the Major League Soccer season never ends - and in many ways it doesn't. Although Union CEO and managing partner Nick Sakiewicz repeatedly has said he doesn't feel the season is long enough, when you visualize all the additives (friendlies, exhibitions, CONCACAF Champions League, etc.) included in a 34-game league stretch that runs from March into November, it can be quite exhausting. With its season-ending loss to Houston last week in the MLS playoffs, the Union's offseason has already begun.
October 30, 2011 |
There's a new love in town, sports fans. Michelle Stella grew up with season tickets to the Eagles, and hasn't missed a home game in 10 years. But the Union, a soccer team in only its second season, have their first-ever MLS Cup playoff game, against the Houston Dynamo, on Sunday. Turns out, the Union play in the afternoon, and the Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys at night, so Stella's boyfriend will rush her from one game to the next. But when she thought she had to choose - there was no choice.
August 18, 2011 |
It is being billed as the Union's most significant match in their two-year Major League Soccer history. On Saturday, the team will visit the Columbus Crew, who lead the second-place Union by three points in the Eastern Conference title race. Columbus has 37 points and a record of 10-7-7. The Union have 34 points and are 8-5-10. The contest marks the first-ever meeting between the teams. "This is a very important game for all us," Union coach Peter Nowak said during a news conference Wednesday at PPL Park.
August 11, 2011 |
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.
July 27, 2011 |
The Union's Faryd Mondragon has had a franchise-altering season that resulted in his selection to Wednesday's Major League Soccer All-Star Game. Along every step, the 40-year-old multilingual goalkeeper has gone out of his way to show his appreciation to people working at all levels of the organization. Even the equipment manager drew high praise. "I thank everybody, from ownership to front office to technical staff - especially my lads I call my players who make my job very easy," Mondragon said last week.
July 22, 2011 |
Don Smolenski described it as a "moment where the wind got knocked out" of him. The Eagles' chief operating officer was referring to the disappointing news that Qatar was to receive the 2022 FIFA World Cup, despite exhaustive efforts from the United States to return the world's greatest sporting event back to these shores for the first time since 1994. Lincoln Financial Field was one of 18 final venues selected by U.S. Soccer's bid committee to host an event, and few worked more diligently than Smolenski and Co. to make it a reality.
July 20, 2011 |
"We don't put too much into what happens. It's a team that's worth hundreds of millions of dollars vs. a team that's worth maybe $10 or 15 [million] at the most. In the world of soccer, that's a massive difference and you expect them to win . . . We're not playing against Cristiano Ronaldo or Kaka in our league. We take it for what it is. " - Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan after a 4-1 loss to Real Madrid --- IN THE GRAND scheme, it's hard to disagree with Landon Donovan.