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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.
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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.
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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)
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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.
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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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May 14, 2015
THE SIXERS came out with some new logos yesterday. One of them, with stars and the word Philadelphia around the outside, kind of looks like the Philadelphia Union logo. Another of them, described as a secondary logo, pictures Benjamin Franklin dribbling a basketball - a concept used at one point on Penn's basketball warmups, and also on the 2002 NBA All-Star practice jerseys. So that's what's new.  
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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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April 10, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Union return to PPL Park on Saturday still in search of their first win, they will do so with a significantly different look. Highly touted but struggling goalie Rais Mbolhi will not play against New York City FC. In his place, manager Jim Curtin has decided to start John McCarthy, the 2014 USL goalkeeper of the year, who joined the club from the Rochester Rhinos in February. "John McCarthy will be our starter and Andre Blake will back him up," Curtin said Tuesday at a news conference.
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April 3, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
MAYBE THERE is something bad in the water that Philadelphia Union players drink during training sessions. This season was supposed to be different. Manager Jim Curtin, instead of diving in headfirst at midseason as he did when he got the job on an interim basis last year, has had a full offseason to plan and prepare for the task. Collaborating with technical director Chris Albright and assistant coach Mike Sorber, Curtin has brought in his own players and put together the roster he wanted.
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March 6, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com
UNION MANAGER Jim Curtin is well aware that his team hasn't made the playoffs since 2011, and the Oreland native and Villanova alum is determined to do something about it. But just how much can Curtin do to compete with rivals who are spending more on individual stars than the Union's entire team payroll? Toronto has Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovinco. Seattle has Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. Orlando has Kaká. New York City FC has Frank Lampard and David Villa.
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March 6, 2015
NOW THAT Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union have avoided a strike by agreeing in principle to a new, 5-year collective bargaining agreement, Union coach Jim Curtin can zero in on what he has tried to get in focus since the team opened training camp. "There was a little bit of a buzz in practice and a sense of release," Curtin said yesterday on a media conference call before the Union opens the season tomorrow at PPL Park. "Our focus has always been, since the preseason started, on March 7 against Colorado.
NEWS
January 8, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even in Texas, testified business owner Suzanne Lee, Philadelphia's Ironworkers Union Local 401 was reputed to be one group you didn't want to cross. But when one of her best customers at Ultimate Tower Service Inc. asked her to work on a 1,000-foot television tower in Roxborough, she overcame her reluctance, she told a federal jury Tuesday. "We had multiple jobs from the owner of the tower, American Towers, and we didn't want to turn any work down," Lee said. "But we didn't want to come to this area.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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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