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SPORTS
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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NEWS
March 25, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 11, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
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.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
September 22, 2013 | By Paul Tierney, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 22, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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