November 16, 2014 |
The cornerstone of the Union's strategy, owner Jay Sugarman said, is to internally develop their talent instead of buying it on the market. That strategy was strengthened Friday as the team announced the hiring of Rene Meulensteen as a consultant. Meulensteen, 50, will advise the Union on all soccer operations. The Dutchman spent 12 years with Manchester United and was most recently the manager of English club Fulham. He spent five years as an academy coach for United and will bring his experience with player development to the Union.
October 29, 2014
THE FIFTH season of Philadelphia Union soccer concluded yesterday, another stoppage-time goal allowed signifying the end of a 10-12-12 campaign. A tap-in by Columbus midfielder Bernardo Anor negated a late equalizer and sent the visiting Union out with a 2-1 defeat at Crew Stadium. The Philly club finished the season with 42 points, four fewer than last year and five fewer than the fifth-place New York Red Bulls, in missing the postseason for the fourth time in 5 years. For most of its season finale, the Union played from behind, Jairo Arrieta's 13th-minute goal marking the game's lone score for more than 80 minutes of play.
September 19, 2014 |
It's easy to see why they call him Lieutenant Larry. He doesn't pace the sidelines as much as he prowls. Arms folded. Whistle hanging from his neck. Eyes locked on the field in front of him. Every so often, he barks something that rattles both sidelines. His tone is raspy, succinct. At 66 years old, he is a man of few words when he's coaching. But he makes each word count - even though, to the ears of his high school players, many of those words might sound like they were plucked from a time capsule.
September 17, 2014 |
I WON'T exaggerate and claim that if the Union beats Seattle tonight at PPL Park and captures the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it will be as big as if it makes the playoffs and wins the MLS championship. The MLS Cup is the ultimate goal of professional soccer in the United States. It is this sport's equivalent of winning the Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup or NBA Finals. In comparison, winning the Open Cup would be like winning the . . . well, there is no real equivalent in any other U.S. professional sport.
September 11, 2014 |
Ryan Hemsley admits to being "very, very superstitious. " His Archbishop Wood soccer teammates used to poke fun at the senior goalkeeper about it, actually. After the Vikings huddle, he walks to his goal. There, Hemsley hits the two posts and the crossbar and then makes the sign of the cross. It is something he picked up a while ago from Peter Pappas, a former goalie with the Philadelphia Kixx and now a television analyst during Philadelphia Union games. But there's something different about Hemsley's pregame ritual this season.
August 28, 2014 |
Hello there Monica was a junior at Tyler School of Art when she landed her first internship at Iris Creative. Iris' president, Beth, was so impressed that she brought her back the next year, then hired Monica after she graduated in 2011. Part of getting to know her boss was learning about Beth's family, including son James, then a rising junior enrolled in Navy ROTC while earning a mechanical engineering degree from Drexel. "She showed me a picture of him once, and I thought he was really cute," Monica said.
August 6, 2014 |
AS CEO Nick Sakiewicz and interim manager Jim Curtin sat down in front of the media at PPL Park yesterday, Carlos Valdes paced the room with a wide beam, using both hands to casually slick back his hair. His excitement about returning to the Union was tangible, from the way he strutted to the microphone to his body language as he answered questions. Before answering his first question, he had this to say: "First I want to apologize for my English," Valdes said, laughing, while adjusting his white Union golf shirt.
June 22, 2014 |
Watching the World Cup is serious business for Matt O'Connor, proprietor of Humphrys Flag Co. in Old City. To O'Connor, the tournament's 32 countries might as well be stocks. After a big win, sales go up. And vice versa. "I tell people, 'Oh, I have to watch [the World Cup] now, just to keep up,'" O'Connor said. He does the same with the news. Humphrys has sold far fewer Russian flags than expected during the tournament due to the crisis in Ukraine. "There was a huge spike in sales during the Olympics," O'Connor said, "then, all of a sudden, no one wanted them.
June 3, 2014 |
CONOR CASEY'S wasn't a name heard all too often through the first 14 games of a struggle-filled season for the Philadelphia Union. Hindered by injury to begin the year, the veteran forward started three times and garnered inconsistent minutes. But in the Union's 3-0 road victory against a last-place Chivas USA club on Saturday night in Carson, Calif., Casey offered his most productive performance since last season. Entering the night with two shots on goal the entire year, he scored his first two goals of the season in a much-needed win for the Philly club.
May 8, 2014 |
THERE IS a basic tenet in soccer: If you can't score goals, you can't win matches. You can get a draw, which on some levels can be considered a positive result, but you can't win. The Philadelphia Union can't score goals, and in the four-plus seasons the franchise has existed in Major League Soccer, it has never scored goals consistently enough to move into the upper echelon. Since its inaugural season in 2010, the Union has played 142 MLS matches, including last weekend at Seattle.