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July 5, 2012
What: Union (3-9-2, 11 points) at Los Angeles Galaxy (6-9-2, 20 points) When: Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. Where: The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. TV: CSN Outlook: The Union are 0-3-1 against the Galaxy and have never earned a win at the Home Depot Center in two attempts. . . . Lionard Pajoy and Gabriel Gomez lead the Union with four goals each. . . . Goalie Zac MacMath has 31 saves. . . . The Union are coming off a 2-1 loss to Houston.
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January 25, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
After allowing 49 goals, tied for the second-highest total in Major League Soccer during their inaugural season, the Union addressed the back line with last week's signing of two Colombian national team members, goalie Faryd Mondragon and central defender Carlos Valdes. All of a sudden, the team's biggest weakness appears to be a strength, and now it presents a pleasant problem for team manager Peter Nowak during training camp: who to play on defense. It could have an impact on team captain Danny Califf, who started 28 of 30 games last season as a central defender.
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August 23, 2010 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - Danny Califf knew the outcome the minute the ball left his boot. It's why he laid face down on the pitch at RFK Stadium yesterday for a good 20 seconds while D.C. United forward Danny Allsopp celebrated at his expense. In a 2-0 Union defeat, Allsopp netted his third and fourth goals of the season to become the second player in August to double his total goal count at the expense of the Union (Columbus' Steven Lenhart scored a pair in a 2-1 Crew win at PPL Park on Aug. 5)
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May 28, 2010 | By Kerith Gabriel
Here are two words that should erase last week's insulting comments from former Union possibility Robert Pires. Fabio Cannavaro. Recent reports in the Italian press have the 36-year-old defender entertaining offers from teams in Major League Soccer. Namely, the Los Angeles Galaxy, Red Bull New York and the Union are said to be vying for the service of Cannavaro, Italy's all-time caps leader (132), its captain during the World Cup championship run of the Azzurri in Germany 2006 and its captain yet again at the upcoming World Cup in South Africa.
NEWS
March 26, 2011 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
In front of a sold-out crowd of 18,591, the Philadelphia Union defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps, 1-0, in the Union's home opener at PPL Park in Chester on Saturday. The Union's Carlos Ruiz scored the game's only goal in the 77th minute, assisted by Sebastien Le Toux, and the defense held the rest of the way with a man advantage following a red card on striker Eric Hassli. The second straight 1-0 victory marks the first winning streak in franchise history for the Union.
SPORTS
July 18, 2012
Aston Villa at Union What: Aston Villa vs. Union in an international friendly. When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: PPL Park, Chester TV: None Outlook: English striker Darren Bent and U.S. internationals Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj highlight Aston Villa's roster for the English Premier League team's three-match American tour. . . . Based in Birmingham, Aston Villa is owned by Randy Lerner, who also owns the NFL's Cleveland Browns. - Inquirer staff
NEWS
June 12, 2010 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Although getting permission to show the game wasn't exactly a free kick, Saturday's U.S.-England World Cup match will be telecast at the Philadelphia Union's brand-new Chester stadium as part of an open house for season ticket-holders. About a month ago, the Union applied for the OK to televise the game on the day when soccer fans would be getting their first peek inside the riverfront stadium, said Tom Veit, the Union's president. The World Cup governing body, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)
SPORTS
December 19, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the first time since joining Major League Soccer in 2010, the Union will open a season at home. MLS announced home openers for all teams on Tuesday and the Union will open Saturday, March 2 against Sporting Kansas City at PPL Park. MLS teams will still play 34 games, but the season continues to get longer. For instance in the Union's first season in 2010, their opener was March 25 at Seattle. In 2011, the Union opened the season in Houston on March 19 and last season they had their first game in Portland on March 12. The Union's first road game is the following week, March 9 in Colorado.
SPORTS
July 5, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union continue to show improvement, earning a point on the road over the weekend as they get ready for a steady diet of games at PPL Park. Saturday's 1-1 tie against Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., improved the Union's Major League Soccer record to 3-7-2. The road record is now 1-7-1, but the next four MLS home games will be at PPL Park. The Union were coming off a 3-1 win June 27 in the opening of PPL Park, which was their best performance of the season.
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July 15, 2010 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
The "trialist" tag on journeyman midfielder Eduardo Coudet is just a temporary formality. In the Union's 1-0 defeat of a sluggish Celtic FC side last night at PPL Park, Coudet, who has been training with the Union for weeks, controlled the center of the pitch perhaps better than any of the other players who have had the role this season. He only played one half, but his diligence was rewarded in the 23rd minute after he slotted a crisp pass at the top of the 18-yard-box to forward Sebastien Le Toux, who bypassed Celtic goalkeeper Dominic Cervi and calmly placed the ball into the back of the net. Union manager Peter Nowak said the team is "very close to making a deal" with the 35-year-old Argentine midfielder.
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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.
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September 19, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
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.
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September 17, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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September 11, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
            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.
SPORTS
August 6, 2014 | BY TYLER R. TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
June 22, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 3, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
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.
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May 8, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 29, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
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.
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