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January 25, 2012 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
MLS COMMISSIONER Don Garber ventured via regional rail from New York to Philadelphia yesterday to announce that PPL Park would be the venue for this year's All-Star Game. It was a surprisingly unusual way for Garber to travel, but considering rumor and speculation all but confirmed that the Union won hosting rights before his arrival, it's possible his mindset was on saving a buck, even as he confirmed MLS' worst-kept secret. Inside the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall, Garber said this year's event, against an opponent to be announced "within the next 60 days," will be held at the Union's picturesque stadium on Chester's waterfront.
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May 23, 2013
The Union will host a third-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game against PDL side Ocean City Nor'easters next Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) at PPL Park, the club announced. Ocean City advanced after defeating the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 1-0, last night in the second round of play. The winner plays June 12. Tickets will go on sale to the general public today at noon. Call 877-21-UNION for more info.
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April 27, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE FIELD for the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship has been announced. The event will return for a second year at PPL Park in Chester on June 2 and 3. More than 50,000 fans attended the two-day event last year, making it the largest annual rugby event in North America. Returning teams are Army, Navy, Notre Dame, and defending champion Dartmouth along with local teams Temple and Penn State. Delaware will make its debut in the 16-team field, which also includes Cal, Florida, N.C. State, Wisconsin, Arizona, Maryland, Life University, Texas and Oklahoma.
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July 25, 2014
THE FINAL, semifinal and third-place games of this October's CONCACAF women's championship will be played at Chester's PPL Park, U.S. Soccer announced yesterday. The games will be held Oct. 24 and 26, with the winner, runner-up and third-place finisher automatically qualifying for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Ticket information is not yet available, and kickoff times for the tournament will not be set until Sept. 5. Fox Sports will broadcast the matches across its multiple channels.
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January 10, 2012 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
WHILE PPL PARK is in the running to host the 2012 MLS All-Star Game, the decision to award the stadium hosting rights has not been etched in stone, contrary to a recent Internet report that the Union already won the bid. The Union-centric soccer blog "Broad Street Hooligans" claimed (and then retracted, somewhat) that someone connected to the stadium witnessed a cellphone text to a Union official that the club was awarded the match, to be played on Aug. 1. But nothing is official, according to Union CEO and managing partner Nick Sakiewicz.
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December 13, 2013 | By KERITH GABRIEL, For the Daily News
COLLEGE SOCCER descends upon the Greater Philadelphia region this weekend with PPL Park, home of the Union of the MLS, as the host venue for the 2013 installment of the NCAA men's College Cup. For the better part of a month, 32 college programs have battled for the chance to play in the soccer-specific stadium on Chester's waterfront. Notre Dame (15-1-6 overall) enters the tournament as the top seed at No. 3 and will play No. 7 New Mexico (14-5-2) in today's first semifinal, kicking off at 5 p.m. In the nightcap, it's a matchup between ACC rivals when No. 5 Maryland (16-3-5)
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May 2, 2013
In what is billed as the largest annual rugby event in North America, 20 of the nation's top college teams will meet at PPL Park in Chester on June 1 and 2 for the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship. Rugby sevens, which will be an Olympic sport starting in 2016, features seven players per team playing two seven-minute halves. Six local colleges will compete this year: Penn, Temple, Delaware, Penn State, St. Joseph's, and Kutztown. Also in the mix will be Arizona, California, UCLA, Dartmouth, Florida, Life University (Ga.)
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June 6, 2011 | By JOSH GOLDMAN, For the Daily News
IN AN NFL offseason fraught with court dates and mediated negotiations, it's no surprise that fans throughout the region flocked to PPL Park this weekend to see some fast-paced, hard-hitting action. Sure, it wasn't your typical American football. But these men and women run like tailbacks, hit like linebackers and do it all without pads. Yeah, they're tough as nails. The rapidly growing sport of Rugby Sevens was on display in the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship, and the region's response was so strong that organizers immediately announced plans to come back next June with the hope of making PPL Park a permanent home.
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May 5, 2011 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
They all had a story - a reason why they were involved. When PPL Park hosts the inaugural Fall Brawl for a Cure college lacrosse tournament in October, it will be for more than just pride for the four teams involved. To them, it's another major step in efforts to eradicate cancer. Villanova, Stony Brook, Loyola (Md.) and Siena College will highlight an all-day tournament benefiting the American Cancer Society on Saturday, Oct. 22. Youth games will be played on adjacent fields set up around the stadium starting at 9 a.m., before the pairing of Stony Brook and Loyola at 3 p.m., followed by Siena and Villanova, currently ranked eighth in the nation.
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May 4, 2011
The Fall Brawl for the Cure college men's lacrosse tournament will be held in October at PPL Park. Chester mayor Wendell Butler, Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz and other brass will be on hand at an 11 a.m. news conference today to officially announce the four-team, 1-day tournament, which will feature Villanova, Loyola (Md.), Stony Brook and Siena College competing on Oct. 22. This season, Villanova (11-3) is eighth in the nation in RPI. Stony Brook (9-3) is 12th, Loyola (8-4) is 16th, and Siena (11-4)
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May 18, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union have confirmed that goalie Brian Sylvestre's short-term loan has been extended for eight weeks. Sylvestre was on a short-term loan from the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League. In addition, the Union loaned rookie forward Dzenan Catic to the RailHawks. Catic has not seen action this year for the Union. The Inquirer reported on Friday that the deal was agreed to , but it had to await approval from Major League Soccer. Sylvestre is expected to be the starter in Sunday's 7 p.m. game at PPL Park against D.C. United (6-1-3)
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May 17, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes it just isn't your night. That became apparent for Episcopal Academy early in the fourth quarter of its 9-5 loss to the Hun School of Princeton in the semifinals of the Inter-Ac Challenge at PPL Park in Chester. Trailing by two goals, the Churchmen controlled the ball in the Hun School zone and whistled three shots off the post during the possession. The undefeated Raiders (18-0) recovered the final miss, rushed downfield and ripped home a momentum-stealing goal.
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May 17, 2015 | Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union have unofficially solved their goalie situation by agreeing to extend the short-term loan to keeper Brian Sylvestre for eight weeks. The 22-year-old Sylvestre, who joined the team last Saturday and played in the Union's 3-0 Major League Soccer loss at Vancouver, is on loan from the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League. In exchange, the Union have agreed to loan forward Dzenan Catic for the eight weeks to Carolina. While the two sides have agreed to the deal, it has yet to be approved by MLS, holding up any official announcement.
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May 15, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union's struggling offense has another obstacle to overcome. Leading scorer Fernando Aristeguieta will miss the game against D.C. United on Sunday at PPL Park because of a national team commitment. Aristeguieta has been named to the preliminary roster for the Venezuelan national team ahead of the Copa America tournament. The Union (1-7-3) have lost four in a row. They host a D.C. United team that took a 5-1-3 record into a home game Wednesday against Orlando City. Aristeguieta, 23, is the only Union player with more than one goal.
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May 15, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
With crisp passing and patient prodding, a lacrosse team can dominate the offensive side of the field. A team cannot do that, however, if it cannot first possess the ball. Perhaps that is why 5-foot-7 junior Christian Feliziani is one of the biggest players for Episcopal Academy. In a 5-4 victory over the Hill School in the Inter-Ac Challenge on Wednesday night, the junior faceoff man won 12 of his 13 attempts at the Proving Grounds in Conshohocken. His only faceoff loss did not occur until 4 minutes, 51 seconds remained in the fourth quarter.
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May 11, 2015 | The Inquirer Staff
It's been a big month already for the Agnes Irwin girls' lacrosse team. The Owls, ranked No. 18 in the country by Nike/Lacrosse Magazine, began May by knocking off their Inter-Ac rival, Episcopal Academy. Last week, they became just the second team since 2011 to beat New Jersey power Moorestown. Saturday, they picked up two more reasons to celebrate. Lila Baker and Kristin Burnetta scored the 100th goal of their careers in a 14-8 Inter-Ac triumph over visiting Penn Charter. Baker scored three times and had three assists.
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May 6, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
Penn received an at-large bid to the NCAA women's lacrosse Division I tournament on Sunday night. The Quakers (13-4) will play Albany (14-4) on Friday at 2 p.m. in Syracuse, N.Y. It will be the Quakers' ninth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Final Four will take place May 22 and 24 at PPL Park. In the women's Division III tournament, Cabrini will play Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Gettysburg College. The Division III Final Four is May 23-24 at PPL Park.
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May 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a Major League Soccer season when little has gone right for the 1-5-3 Union, coach Jim Curtin pulled no punches this week when discussing the team's deficiencies. First and foremost, this is a team that does not challenge defenses enough and also makes too many errant passes. "Possession-wise we've been a disaster this year," Curtin said. "Confidence goes the longest way. " This is not a confident team. "When you have confident players, they want the ball in tight spots, and right now we would rather shy away from moving an extra yard or two to keep possession," Curtin said.
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April 28, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Syracuse men's lacrosse team made the most of its opportunities Sunday. The Orange erased an early Duke lead and held on to secure their first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title with a 15-14 victory at PPL Park. Syracuse (11-2) reached the championship Friday with a 9-8 victory over North Carolina. The Orange scored on all but one of their four man-up situations Sunday, all of them coming after they had dug themselves a 5-1 hole against the Blue Devils. By contrast, Duke, a much younger and less-experienced team, was unable to capitalize on any of its four extra-body possessions.
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April 26, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three players emerged among the 25 finalists for the men's and women's Tewaaraton Awards, given to the nation's top lacrosse players. Fresh off his third consecutive selection to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team is former Penn Charter star Joey Sankey. The University of North Carolina senior has 26 goals this season and 34 assists. He surpassed Marcus Holman to become Carolina's all-time leading scorer (217) earlier this season, and he is third (100) all-time in assists. Sankey is back in town this weekend leading the No. 3-ranked Tar Heels in the ACC tournament at PPL Park.
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