July 29, 2016 |
Union coach Jim Curtin didn't mince words when speaking Wednesday at his weekly news conference about the path his club's newest addition, Derrick Jones, took to earn the Union badge. Jones, 19, who was born in Bantama, Ghana, became the first player to sign with the first team after starting in 2013 at the Union Academy in Wayne. He followed his time there by his signing last December with Bethlehem Steel FC, the United Soccer League expansion team. Jones, who moved to Philadelphia in 2012 and has dual citizenship with the United States and Ghana, signed Wednesday as a homegrown player, the fourth such player in Union history and first since 2012.
July 14, 2016 |
Philly soccer doc When Major League Soccer (MLS) was granting franchises around the country, it overlooked Philly. Local soccer fans were chagrined. But instead of cursing their luck, a small group of dedicated fans banded together to form a group, Sons of Ben, that lobbied hard to get MLS to reconsider our market. Eventually, they helped Philly get its own team, the Philadelphia Union. The work of those valiant few is immortalized in director Jeffrey Bell' s doc, Sons of Ben: The Movie , which will be available July 22 on DVD and all digital and VOD platforms.
July 11, 2016 |
On the manicured grass field set between the riverfront and the cracked asphalt of the surrounding Chester neighborhood, the heat rose in shimmering waves one day last week, and the soccer players swam steadily through, advancing toward the goal. It was just the first of two daily practices for the Philadelphia Union, the only team in Major League Soccer with a training schedule as demanding. It is much tougher than a year ago, and the players either fall in line or fall away. A lot is different with the Union compared with a year ago. The team, which has qualified for the MLS postseason just once in its six-year history and not since 2011, has been near the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
June 18, 2016 |
The Union and midfielder Vincent Nogueira have agreed to mutually terminate his contract. Nogueira had a guaranteed salary for this season of $400,000, the fifth-highest on the team. The team announced that, due to personal health issues, Nogueira will return to France. "I want to thank the Philadelphia Union for their understanding of my situation and wish my teammates well going forward," Nogueira said in a statement released by the team. Nogueira, 28, made his last Union appearance in Wednesday's 3-2 U.S. Open Cup win over the Harrisburg City Islanders, playing 73 minutes.
May 24, 2016 |
IT WAS A crisp night last Friday and the Philadelphia Union and archrival D.C. United were in the closing minutes of what looked like a scoreless draw at Talen Energy Stadium. The point earned would have been a positive result, especially considering the tightness of the race in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer. In the past, the Union would have happily walked away with that. The 2016 Union, however, has a strikingly different attitude. This team was irritated it had just played to three straight draws.
April 25, 2016 |
The two biggest changes for the Union this year are the standings and their attitude. The Union moved into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with Montreal after a 2-0 MLS win over New York City FC on Saturday before a sellout crowd of 18,681 at Talen Energy Stadium. With a 4-3 mark, the Union have 12 points, but they believe they need to improve more. "Good teams find ways to win when it is not their best night," said Union coach Jim Curtin, who thought his team wasn't sharp.
March 25, 2016 |
PHILADELPHIA UNION manager Jim Curtin did not want to spend two weeks fretting over a missed opportunity, and that's exactly what he said would've happened had his team lost to the New England Revolution last Sunday in its home opener. Although MLS only has one official international break - June 3-17 for the Copa America Centenario - the league has scaled back the number of matches for FIFA dates in March, September and October. This weekend, MLS has only three games scheduled with the Union (2-1-0)
March 18, 2016 |
OBVIOUSLY after just two games, it's early in the season. Still, isn't it better to speak of it being early from a positive standpoint instead of a negative one? On Sunday when the Philadelphia Union has its 2016 Major League Soccer home opener at Talen Energy Stadium, it has a chance to do something that hasn't happened much in club history - win consecutive games. After winning 2-1 at Columbus last weekend, the Union (1-1-0) can post consecutive MLS wins by beating the New England Revolution (0-0-2)
February 3, 2016 |
Tim McDermott is excited to be taking over as the Union's chief business officer, but there is some immediate business he will take care of before delving into his new job: attending the Super Bowl. The brother of former Eagles assistant and current Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will attend the game Sunday against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. When McDermott was interviewing with owner Jay Sugarman for the Union's job, he had plenty on his plate.
October 28, 2015 |
Union midfielder Brian Carroll remembers Earnie Stewart as a tremendous teammate when the two played together for 2004 Major League Soccer champion D.C. United. Now Carroll is excited to have Stewart as his boss. On Monday, the Union announced the hiring of Stewart, a three-time U.S. World Cup performer, as the team's sporting director, effective Jan. 1. The reason he won't start the job sooner is because Stewart, 46, will complete his duties as director of football affairs at AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands, where he was born.