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.
April 29, 2014 |
THE OFFSEASON acquisitions and strong start to the season brewed optimism among the fan base. But since its home opener on March 15, the Philadelphia Union has gone seven matches without a victory and now is in need of making up points. The quarter mark of the season passed on Saturday, when the Montreal Impact defeated the visiting Union, 1-0, on a rainy day at Stade Saputo. The match marked the second one in a row in which the Philly club failed to score, a 14th-minute goal by Felipe standing as the difference.
April 28, 2014 |
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.
March 25, 2014 |
For the city's 11,000-member teachers' union, the clock is ticking. Budget season is closing in, the struggling Philadelphia School District has a $14 million hole to fill this school year, and it needs $440 million in new funds for next year. But most significantly, the district has signaled it is willing to use its "nuclear option" - invoking special powers bestowed by the state law that created the School Reform Commission - to get what it wants from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
March 12, 2014 |
Five years after starting a team, the Philadelphia Union is contemplating a step that could boost or diminish its rising image: Picking a mascot. In recent months, team officials have used a survey and focus group to ask its fans about potential mascots. Chief executive officer Nick Sakiewicz declined to share details from the discussions or describe the options, and said he was in no rush to do so. "When it feels right and we can do it in a first-class manner, we'll do it," Sakiewicz said last week.
March 11, 2014 |
GOING INTO Saturday's late-night MLS season opener at Portland, a 1-1 draw was a result with which most Philadelphia Union fans would have been satisfied. After all, the Timbers are the reigning Western Conference champions and in 2013 were nearly unbeatable in front of their raucous, sellout crowds at Providence Park (11-1-5). But considering the way things played out, this draw was a punch in the gut to the Union instead of a satisfying result. Philadelphia had three points and a victory until, literally, the final 30 seconds of the match.
February 21, 2014 |
ITALIAN SOCCER clubs A.S. Roma and Inter Milan will meet at Lincoln Financial Field on Aug. 2, as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m. "We are excited to have two of the world's premier clubs, A.S. Roma and Inter Milan, at Lincoln Financial Field," Eagles president Don Smolenski said. "Relevent Sports has assembled some of the finest teams in the world for a U.S. tour. In partnership with the Philadelphia Union, we are excited to showcase two historic teams from Serie A. " Tickets will go on sale on March 5 at 10 a.m. To purchase tickets, go to www.ticketmaster.com , or call 1-800-745-3000.
January 2, 2014 |
Hello there It was 9 p.m. on a school night, and eighth-grade teacher Megan would have been sleeping if not for her three brothers pounding on her bedroom door. They were buying inaugural-season tickets for the Philadelphia Union. Was she in, or out? She'd been waffling for days between her lifelong love of soccer and qualms about tying up 18 Saturdays. "All right!" she told Pete, Bear, and Ryan. "I'll do it!" On April 10, 2010, Megan and the boys, who then all still lived with their parents in Holme Circle, found their seats at the first Union match at Lincoln Financial Field - PPL Park wasn't open yet. They sat next to another sibling set of season ticket holders, Andrew and Kevan.