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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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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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October 21, 2014
FOR THE FOURTH time in 5 years, soccer fans in Philadelphia won't witness the hometown club in the MLS playoffs. But at the very least, the Union sent the PPL Park regulars out with a win. "I know we came up short and the focus now, the only word I use around the guys is playoffs for next year," Union interim manager Jim Curtin said after Saturday night's home finale, a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City. "We're not going to talk about championships or anything like that. We're talking about the playoffs for 2015 and that's the goal.
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October 18, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union still have two games left, but Jim Curtin has already handed out his first homework assignment for the offseason. The interim manager wants his players to watch the Major League Soccer playoffs, a tournament that will go on without the Union for the fourth time in their five-year existence after an amazing collapse against Columbus last Saturday. "I encourage them . . . to watch what those games look like," Curtin said. "Because if they think there's pressure in the games we just played, it gets ramped up to a whole other level.
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October 10, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The recent steps and missteps of the National Football League as it handled and mishandled the situation involving running back Ray Rice have, in some ways, improved the national dialogue concerning domestic abuse and, in others, merely filled the air with noise and static. Everyone seems to have an agenda, an angle to pursue. The NFL had one (get this thing over with). Rice had one. Sponsors had one. Social scientists. Journalists. Women's rights organizations. Politicians. It was an apple big enough for everyone to take a bite.
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October 8, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former U.S. women's national soccer team goalkeeper Jillian Loyden, who starred at Villanova, spoke out publicly against Hope Solo on Monday, urging that the team's goalkeeper not be permitted to play until her domestic-abuse case is resolved. "U.S. Soccer needs to send the right message," Loyden, a Vineland native, wrote in a USA Today op-ed piece. "They need to communicate that domestic violence is never OK and that it will not be tolerated. " In November, Solo pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor domestic abuse.
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September 30, 2014
ALL OF a sudden, the goals that were coming in bunches are no longer there. "The goals have dried up," Union interim manager Jim Curtin said. "You know, we're struggling. " Saturday's 1-0 road loss to first-place D.C. United marked the Union's second consecutive scoreless game. It also dropped the Chester-based club back to seventh place in the Eastern Conference with only four regular-season games to play. Fortunately for the Union (9-10-11) and its playoff hopes, three of those four games come against teams ahead in the standings.
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September 23, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE UNION played a scoreless tie with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at PPL Park. The tie kept the Union's unbeaten streak alive at five (3-0-2) and enabled the team to get one point in the standings. With New York and Columbus winning over the weekend, the Union dropped below the playoff line. The Union (9-9-11) are in sixth place in the MLS Eastern Conference, two points and one position out of the playoffs with five games to play. "We needed them," Union goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi said of points left on the field.
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September 19, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THERE'S NO TIME to dwell on what's done. Not when only six regular-season games are left and you're on the outside of the playoff picture looking in at teams that could easily be caught. Following Tuesday's heartbreaking 3-1, extra-time loss to the Seattle Sounders in the final of the U.S. Open Cup at PPL Park, Union interim manager Jim Curtin said his players were crushed emotionally. "We deserve a trophy," he said. "We came up a bit short this time. Our guys will remember that feeling, though, with how close we were.
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September 18, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
CONSIDERING the championship history of Philadelphia sports - or, rather, the relative lack thereof - the Union had to know that winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final was not going to be easy. In the end, the script became all too familiar - heartbreak as another team celebrated a championship at Philadelphia's expense. For more than 100 minutes, U.S. national team star Clint Dempsey had been relatively invisible. But like all great players, he needed only one moment to make his presence felt.
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September 18, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are no moral victories, and the Union made that clear after what many observers felt was the most entertaining game in the five-year history of PPL Park. The Union didn't care that they were underdogs even in their home building. There was genuine disappointment Tuesday night after a 3-1 loss in extra time to the Seattle Sounders in a U.S. Open Cup championship that lived up to its billing. Both teams had ample chances to win the game in regulation and no doubt the Union will replay Vincent Nogueira's shot that hit the post in second-half stoppage time.
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September 17, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union are one win away from earning the first championship in the five-year history of the team. Interim manager Jim Curtin showed how much Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup final meant to the Union when he held several regulars from the starting lineup Saturday in a 2-2 Major League Soccer draw with the New York Red Bulls. The outcome left the Union tied for the fifth and final MLS Eastern Conference playoff spot with six games left. The full starting lineup is expected to be ready Tuesday when the Union host the Seattle Sounders in the title game at PPL Park.
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