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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 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 31, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fourth annual USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship, which kicks off Saturday at PPL Park and will continue Sunday, features 20 of the country's top collegiate teams competing in a variation of traditional rugby. Rugby sevens pits two teams of seven players against each another in two seven-minute halves, allowing for 47 matches to be played over two days. "It's a 14-minute game, so if you don't like the two teams going, sit tight. There's another one coming right around the corner," said St. Joseph's coach Sean Duffy.
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December 21, 2014 | Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union will open their sixth Major League Soccer season, Saturday March 7 with a 4 p.m. game against the Colorado Rapids at PPL Park. On Friday, MLS released just the league's home openers. The Union's first road game is March 14 at Real Salt Lake. The Union are 1-3-1 in opening games after last year's 1-1 draw at Portland on March 8. The following week the Union won their home opener, 1-0 over New England and are 3-2 all-time in openers at PPL Park. The Union are coming off a 10-12-12 season for 42 points, seven out of the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
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April 17, 2015 | BY JOHN SMALLWOOD, Daily News Staff Writer smallwj@phillynews.com
THE NEW YANKEE STADIUM is The House That Derek Jeter Built, not David Villa, and though it might be the temporary or permanent home for New York City FC, it might not be best suited for the playing style of the MLS expansion franchise. Yankee Stadium is an iconic baseball stadium, but for NYC, it actually presents a challenge, because it pushes the limits for a regulation-size soccer pitch, which MLS and FIFA set at a minimum of 110 yards by 70 yards. "They have a mandate for the exact size," said Union manager Jim Curtin, whose squad will play at 7 o'clock tonight against NYC. "They have minimums and maximums.
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April 17, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The successor to the House That Ruth Built may not be ideally suited for soccer. At least not for the players. It's a place where they have little room to roam. As scenic as the new Yankee Stadium may be, the dimensions of the field - it's the smallest in Major League Soccer - have forced the Union to alter their practice methods in preparation for their game there Thursday against New York City FC. The Union's home field, PPL Park in Chester, is 120 by 75 yards. Yankee Stadium's is 110 by 70. That might not sound like much of a difference, but it is to the Union.
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March 23, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Saturday, all three matches at PPL Park between the Union and FC Dallas had ended with neither team able to escape Chester with a win. That ended Saturday, however, as Dallas extended its season-opening win streak to three with a 2-0 win over the Union, in a game postponed a day by snow. Still in search of their first victory of the 2015 season, the Union (0-1-2) have never beaten Dallas (3-0-0) in eight attempts - three losses and five ties. The Union's chances for victory were limited after midfielder Zack Pfeffer drew a red card for what appeared to be an elbow to the head of Mauro Diaz in the 41st minute of a scoreless game and was ejected.
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March 9, 2015 | By Evan Cross, Inquirer Staff Writer
By most measures, the Union played very well Saturday. They outshot their opponent, the Colorado Rapids, 16-2. The Rapids could not manage a shot on goal. The Union possessed the ball for 61 percent of the game, drew five yellow cards against Colorado, and played the last 30 minutes with a one-man advantage. Despite all that, the Union did not score. They drew with the Rapids, 0-0, in the season opener at PPL Park. "We created enough chances to get three points today," manager Jim Curtin said.
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March 8, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sun was shining on PPL Park on Friday morning as Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" blasted through the speakers. But even the famous song could not drown out the chorus of scraping shovels and beeping trucks that echoed through the stadium. Workers in parkas, hats, and gloves moved through each row, using orange shovels to scrape snow and ice from seats and stairways. A dump truck carried snow across the field and out of the stadium before returning for another load. The snowstorm that hit the Philadelphia region Thursday arrived just two days before the Union's Major League Soccer home opener against the Colorado Rapids.
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February 22, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com jtannenwald@phillynews.com
EVERYONE WATCHING the Union has waited a long time for the team to fulfill its promise to sign a striker who can truly lead the team's attack. Yesterday, the team finally got its man: Fernando Aristeguieta, of French club Nantes and Venezuela's national team. He'll come to PPL Park on loan for the duration of the 2015 MLS season. The Union will have the option to purchase his rights afterward. "He adds a different quality up front and has experience at both the international and club levels," Union technical director Chris Albright said in a statement issued by the team.
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January 14, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union have yet to announce the reported multiyear deal that would keep Maurice Edu in Philadelphia, but the club's technical director on Monday said the involved parties are "close to being over the line" in regard to finalizing the contract. "I think that Mo is a player that we think very, very highly of," Chris Albright said. "He's a player that gives us versatility and a player that's played at the highest level. " Edu, who will turn 29 this season, came to the Union last January on a one-year loan from Stoke City of the English Premier League, a deal that offered the Union the option to purchase.
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December 21, 2014 | Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union will open their sixth Major League Soccer season, Saturday March 7 with a 4 p.m. game against the Colorado Rapids at PPL Park. On Friday, MLS released just the league's home openers. The Union's first road game is March 14 at Real Salt Lake. The Union are 1-3-1 in opening games after last year's 1-1 draw at Portland on March 8. The following week the Union won their home opener, 1-0 over New England and are 3-2 all-time in openers at PPL Park. The Union are coming off a 10-12-12 season for 42 points, seven out of the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
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October 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz has become a lightning rod for criticism of a team that missed the Major League Soccer playoffs for the fourth time in its five-year existence. Sakiewicz has heard the criticism loud and clear, both at games and in cyberspace. He discounts the common perception that he has called the personnel shots for a Union team that was eliminated from the playoffs with two games remaining. The Union finished 10-12-12 for 42 points - seven points out of the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
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October 25, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
A chill wind blew off the Delaware River as the U.S. women's soccer team ran onto PPL Park's field Thursday evening to prepare for its CONCACAF Women's Championship 2014 semifinal match with Mexico a night later. Instinctively, as if they were students drawn to her for wisdom, several of the American players gathered around Christie Rampone. Rampone, a 39-year-old New Jersey mother of two, is the aged guru of the U.S. squad, which can guarantee itself a spot in the 2015 World Cup with a victory Friday night.
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