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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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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)
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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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February 3, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
October 28, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
October 3, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Sakiewicz is out as the Union's CEO and chief operating partner. The team is expected to make the announcement on Friday. CBSphilly.com first reported on Sakiewicz's departure. Reached late Thursday by The Inquirer, Sakiewicz provided this statement: "I enjoyed my time at the Philadelphia Union and am proud of the team and organization and stadium we built," he said. "I wish the Union, [team chairman and owner] Jay Sugarman, and the entire organization the best of luck and continued success.
SPORTS
October 2, 2015 | John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
PHILADELPHIA Union manager Jim Curtin could not have made a bolder or more daring gamble. With the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup moments from being decided by penalty kicks, Curtin used his last substitution to replace goalkeeper Andre Blake with John McCarthy. It was highly unusual for a manager to place a cold goalkeeper into such a high-pressure situation and it certainly wasn't the safest choice to make. Not that it had anything to do with McCarthy, but Curtin's guts were not rewarded with any glory.
SPORTS
August 28, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
THE OPPORTUNITY for Andre Blake is finally here. What the young goalkeeper of the Philadelphia Union does with it to jump-start his stalled career is on him. Last Saturday, Blake, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 SuperDraft, made just his second MLS start for the Union against Montreal. Blake made several fine saves and logged a clean sheet in the 1-0 victory. On Saturday at PPL Park, Blake will start against the New England Revolution. It has been an odd journey for Blake - one filled with injury, curious decisions by management and frustrating time on the bench.
SPORTS
July 15, 2015 | BY GARRETT MILEY, For the Daily News
UNION MANAGER Jim Curtin sees a similarity between AFC Bournemouth and the city of Philadelphia. The Union will take on AFC Bournemouth, recently promoted to the English Premier League, in a friendly match tonight (7 o'clock) at PPL Park. Bournemouth isn't a household name in the soccer world. Not yet, anyway. But the longtime club has quickly risen through the ranks of the English soccer system: It was crowned as the 2014-15 second-tier champions and earned a promotion to one of the best leagues in the world.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Philadelphia Union concludes its Major League Soccer season in October, it's likely to be the team's last game in Chester's PPL Park. Don't fret, fans. The venue doesn't change. Only the name of the stadium. PPL Corp., the Allentown energy company best known for its electric utility, last month formally spun off its competitive power-generation business into a new company called Talen Energy. The new company, also based in Allentown, includes PPL's retail energy business, which marketed power under the brand name PPL Energy Plus.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Our outsize investments of time, energy, and money in athletes and arenas tempt us to regard sports as more than just games. Politicians are no exception, forever buying and selling the idea that stadiums aren't only a means of providing entertainment and reaping profits, but the linchpins of the economic revivals that have so far eluded any number of American cities. In fact, study after study has failed to attribute any significant economic impact to sports facilities. Chester is one of many towns relearning that lesson, in this case at the feet of PPL Park, a professional soccer stadium surrounded by the same economic wasteland that greeted its arrival five years ago this month.
SPORTS
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.  
SPORTS
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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