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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)
NEWS
May 26, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Cortland goalie Jaclyn Beshlian wasn't making saves, she paced back and forth in the crease as if she were trapped inside the chalk semicircle. But when the final buzzer made Cortland a national champion in women's lacrosse Sunday at PPL Park, Beshlian raised her stick in the air and sprinted toward her teammates, who mobbed her from all angles. Behind eight Beshlian saves and an unrelenting attack, Cortland beat Trinity, 17-6, to capture the first NCAA Division III title in program history.
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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.
SPORTS
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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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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July 16, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a team that recently began its preseason training, AFC Bournemouth looked to be in midseason form. At least it seemed that way to the Union, who lost, 4-1, to the Cherries Tuesday night in an international friendly at PPL Park. The team will make its first entry into the English Premier League. Bournemouth's players rarely held the ball, relying on crisp passing, and their decision-making separated them from the Union. No doubt, this faster-paced game will benefit the Union when they return to Major League Soccer play Saturday in Toronto.
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July 15, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don't tell the Union that the match against AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday night at PPL Park doesn't count. It's technically only a friendly, against a team that recently began its preseason training, but the rapid success of Bournemouth and its promotion to the English Premier League adds plenty of prestige to the match. Bournemouth, with roots dating back to 1890, has been elevated to the EPL for the first time in franchise history, a fact that isn't lost on Union coach Jim Curtin.
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July 15, 2015 | BY GARRETT MILEY, For the Daily News
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.
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July 9, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been a frustrating year for Union forward Fernando Aristeguieta dealing with injuries, but other than that, the native of Venezuela has thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Major League Soccer team. And now that stay will officially last at least until the end of the Major League Soccer season. Aristeguieta, who was originally signed to a short-term loan that was set to expire, has signed a new six-month loan that will carry him through the end of the season. He was loaned by FC Nantes of France.
SPORTS
July 9, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Through a season of injuries, Union rookie Eric Bird hasn't gotten on the field for a Major League Soccer game. But he said he was grateful that the team allowed him to leave for a few days to attend the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver. Bird, 22, had a special rooting interest. He is dating midfielder Morgan Brian, who at 22 was the youngest member of the World Cup team. The two met while both were attending Virginia and have been dating nearly two years. "It was an extremely proud moment of mine going there," Bird said after the Union's practice Tuesday at PPL Park.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 27, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five set pieces showed how close the Union are to breaking through in an important facet of the game. The plays came in succession after the 25-minute mark of a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday at PPL Park. Three corner kicks didn't find Union players in the box and were, albeit shakily, cleared by Seattle. Then two throw-ins, which served as makeshift corners because of defender Sheanon Williams' ability to muscle the ball into the middle of the field, got the Union inches away from scoring.
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June 25, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union coach Jim Curtin sees the benefit in some situations of reliving a loss to iron out mistakes. But he didn't take that approach with his team after its 5-1 defeat against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday. Instead of breaking down that film with his players, Curtin turned the focus to the Seattle Sounders, the top team in the Western Conference that will visit PPL Park on Wednesday night. The Sounders (9-5-2) will be without two of their best players in Clint Dempsey, who is serving a three-game suspension, and Obafemi Martins, who is sidelined with a groin injury.
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June 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union defender Maurice Edu is looking forward to a rare trip home while playing in a difficult road environment. Edu, who has been the Union's best player this season, will lead his team in Saturday's 10:30 p.m. Major League Soccer match against the defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy (5-5-7) at the StubHub Center. The Union (4-9-3) will be shorthanded, missing key offensive players Sebastien Le Toux (Grade 2 MCL sprain) and forward Fernando Aristeguieta (ankle), so that will put even more pressure on Edu and the defense.
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June 6, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It might seem like a difficult task to play three soccer games in an eight-day span, but Union coach Jim Curtin can't wait for his team to return to the field. And he won't have much time to wait either. Fresh off Wednesday's 3-0 win over the visiting Columbus Crew, the Union play host to New York City FC during Saturday's 7 p.m. Eastern Conference Major League Soccer game at PPL Park. This is the finale of the three-game stretch, which began with last Saturday's 2-1 loss at the Eastern Conference's first-place team, D.C. United.
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