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.
November 29, 2013 |
MEDIA - A look around the space where Ebun Olaloye and Domenick Cucinotta will celebrate the grand opening of their new retail store Saturday removes any mystery behind the naming of their clothing line: "Live Breathe Futbol. " While they talk about their business, Olaloye, 24, toys with a miniature soccer ball underfoot and Cucinotta, 26, holds a larger one in his hands. Cucinotta puts the AC Milan game on TV, and Olaloye turns to a laptop so he can watch an Arsenal game simultaneously.
September 22, 2013 |
Inside YSC Academy, where one might expect to find a classroom, a replica of Allianz Arena, the home of Bayern Munich, towers over the students as they stroll through the lobby. Emblazoned on each set of lockers is an age-old question that many grown men - let alone high school students - have yet to answer: What do you stand for? For Philadelphia Union part-owner and YSC Sports founder Rich Graham, who, along with Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz, spearheaded the establishment of what is billed as the nation's first developmental soccer school to be directly affiliated with an MLS club, the answer to that question has little to do with creating a pipeline of talent to PPL Park.
September 17, 2013 |
BETHLEHEM For five golden years at the start of the 20th century, the biggest soccer stars in the country lived and worked in Bethlehem, Pa. The Bethlehem Steel Co. soccer team, consisting of workers imported from the British Isles primarily for their soccer prowess, dominated their opponents from 1915 through the early 1920s, winning five U.S. Open Cups. Yet even at the height of its success, the team struggled with low attendance at home games, and never made a dime for the industrial behemoth under whose banner it played.
August 22, 2013 |
As a teenager working at Dunkin' Donuts in Philadelphia's Parkside neighborhood, Rick Wilcox never thought about a future as an entrepreneur - until the day a stranger peered in the shop window and walked inside with a prediction. "I was watching how you worked, and I want to tell you that someday you will own your own doughnut shop," Wilcox recalled the stranger as saying. Wilcox told the story last week, sitting in the office of, yes, his own doughnut shop, Phatso's Bakery in Chester.
May 8, 2013 |
New York filmmaker Jeffrey C. Bell faced one not-so-little problem while working on his documentary about the Sons of Ben, the hard-core Philadelphia Union supporters group: He needed $20,000 to keep production going. Bell turned to Internet crowd-funding, asking friends, sports-lovers, film fans, and total strangers to donate so he could tell the tale of an unlikely band of soccer heroes. It happened that many people were willing to do exactly that. As of Monday night, with hours left in a 35-day campaign, Bell had surged past his goal, raising $22,451.