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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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August 23, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union defender Carlos Valdes is beginning to get his legs back, but he concedes there is still some progress to be made. Valdes was on loan to two different teams for 19 months before returning to the Union on Aug. 4. In 2011, he helped lead the Union to their only Major League Soccer playoff spot, and the next year, he was on the MLS all-star team. Before Valdes returned to the Union, his most recent action came when he played the entire game during Colombia's 4-1 World Cup win over Japan on June 24. Colombia eventually advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Brazil, 2-1. Valdes took some time off after the World Cup. His first game in his return to the Union was a 2-1 win over Montreal on Aug. 9 at PPL Park.
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August 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union signed Algerian World Cup goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi on July 30 and said he would be the starter as soon as he was ready. That time apparently has not arrived. Because of visa problems and a minor car accident, Mbolhi had been delayed in Paris. He was expected to arrive in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Interim manager Jim Curtin strongly suggested that Zac MacMath would be in goal for the Major League Soccer game against San Jose at 8 p.m. Sunday at PPL Park. The Union will not practice Thursday, but Mbolhi is expected to go through an individual workout.
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August 10, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
After earning a tie last week at defending Major League Soccer champion Sporting Kansas City, the Union face a rare challenge - battling complacency. At 5-8-9 and with 24 points, the Union are just three points out of the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Under interim manager Jim Curtin, the Union are 2-1-3 in MLS games and are playing their best soccer of the season. Now they will face the team with the worst MLS record when the Montreal Impact visit PPL Park at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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August 8, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com
PORTLAND, Ore. - Maurice Edu didn't get to go to this year's World Cup, but the Major League Soccer All-Star game gave the Union's star midfielder a taste of what his U.S. national team friends experienced. Edu played the second half in the All-Stars' 2-1 win over German powerhouse Bayern Munich. He was tasked with locking down the result after Bradley Wright-Phillips and Landon Donovan helped the All-Stars overturn a 1-0 halftime deficit. That would have been a difficult task no matter who was on the field for Bayern, the reigning Bundesliga and 2013 UEFA Champions League winners.
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August 6, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union goalie Zac MacMath has started every game for the last two years, but his role soon will change. When the Union signed two-time Algerian World Cup goalie Rais Mbohli last week, interim manager Jim Curtin said that the 28-year-old keeper would be the starter as soon as he was in game shape. Mbohli didn't make the trip to Kansas City for Friday's 1-1 draw. It's possible he could get his first start in the Union's next Major League Soccer game, Saturday against the Montreal Impact at PPL Park in Chester.
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August 6, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union continue to make major upgrades in an effort to qualify for the Major League Soccer playoffs for the second time in their five-year history. Less than a week after signing Algerian World Cup goalie Rais Mbohli, the Union have brought back defender Carlos Valdes, who had been on loan overseas. In 2011 and 2012 Valdes was a valuable member of the Union's defense. He helped the team qualify for its only postseason berth in 2011 and made the MLS All-Star Game in 2012. Valdes, 29, was a member of Colombia's World Cup team this year and started one game in the team's win over Japan.
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August 4, 2014
BRIAN BROWN scored his first MLS goal as the Union came from behind to earn a 1-1 road result last night against defending-champion Sporting Kansas City. Brown, the Jamaican striker recently acquired on loan, entered in the 69th minute and 2 minutes later promptly headed a cross from defender Ray Gaddis into the net. Brown, 21, was the Golden Boot winner of Jamaica's Red Stripe Premier League but had logged just 9 minutes in league play since joining Philadelphia. Although the Union would have obviously preferred an outright victory, the point was an important one for Philadelphia (5-5-9)
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July 31, 2014
THE UNION is set to make what the club has deemed a "major announcement" in a noon news conference today at PPL Park. Both Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz and interim manager Jim Curtin are slated to attend, which suggests the announcement regards a roster move. Recent reports have pegged the Union as showing interest in Algerian World Cup goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, spotted earlier this month in a PPL Park box watching a game with Sakiewicz. M'Bolhi, 28, spent last season with Bulgarian club CKSA Sofia and has played in the last two World Cups.
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July 26, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a season that once looked and felt like a lost cause, the Union are on a roll. Including U.S. Open Cup matches, they have lost just once in their last 11 games. Taking advantage of a weak Eastern Conference, the Union have put themselves within one point of a playoff spot. But now comes an interruption, a friendly in which the result means little. The Union will host Crystal Palace FC of the Premier League at PPL Park on Friday. Interim manager Jim Curtin is ambivalent about the match.
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July 25, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
LAST SATURDAY, the youngest member of the Union returned from a 9-day hiatus in Southern California, where he helped the United States U-20 men's national team claim an international tournament. Two days later, Major League Soccer announced Zach Pfeffer had been added to the 20-man roster for the league's inaugural Homegrown Game, an Aug. 4 match in Portland, Ore., played as part of All-Star weekend. Not a bad stretch for the 19-year-old midfielder from Dresher, a mere 13 months removed from Upper Dublin High School graduation.
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