October 3, 2015 |
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.
October 2, 2015 |
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.
August 28, 2015 |
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.
July 15, 2015 |
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.
July 3, 2015 |
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.
June 5, 2015 |
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.
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.
May 10, 2015 |
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.
April 10, 2015 |
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.
April 3, 2015 |
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.