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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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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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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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February 3, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Tim McDermott is excited to be taking over as the Union's chief business officer, but there is some immediate business he will take care of before delving into his new job: attending the Super Bowl. The brother of former Eagles assistant and current Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will attend the game Sunday against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. When McDermott was interviewing with owner Jay Sugarman for the Union's job, he had plenty on his plate.
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January 30, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Maurice Edu is in a hurry but doesn't want to rush things along. The Union's veteran designated player is eager to get back to the field, play a familiar position, and even strengthen his old place with the U.S. national team. As the Union held media day Thursday at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park), Edu was the news of the day even though he has yet to take part in practices, which began this week. Edu, who turns 30 in April and is beginning his third season with the Union, is recovering from sports hernia surgery and believes that he will be ready for the Union's Major League Soccer opener March 6 at FC Dallas.
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October 4, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Now what? The Union once again have to bounce off the canvas after what may be the most difficult result in their six-year franchise history. On Wednesday they had come even closer to winning their first trophy than the year before when they lost 3-1 in extra time to Seattle in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup final. Then on Wednesday, the Union took the game into penalty kicks, only to lose 7-6 in that segment to Sporting Kansas City after the teams played to a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes in another exciting Open Cup final at PPL Park.
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October 3, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Sakiewicz is out as the Union's CEO and chief operating partner. The team is expected to make the announcement on Friday. CBSphilly.com first reported on Sakiewicz's departure. Reached late Thursday by The Inquirer, Sakiewicz provided this statement: "I enjoyed my time at the Philadelphia Union and am proud of the team and organization and stadium we built," he said. "I wish the Union, [team chairman and owner] Jay Sugarman, and the entire organization the best of luck and continued success.
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September 30, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
THE HISTORIC football rivalry between Army and Navy continues Dec. 12 at Lincoln Financial Field, but it won't be the only Philly-flavored matchup between the schools in 2015, as their soccer teams will face off 7 p.m. Friday in the Army-Navy Cup IV at PPL Park. Seventh-year Navy head coach Dave Brandt and the Midshipmen (4-4-1, 1-0 Patriot League) lead the Cup matchup with a 2-0-1 record. After the teams played to a scoreless tie in 2012, Navy won the next two meetings; both wins were 1-0, in the second overtime period, with the game-winning goal in the 107th minute each time.
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September 13, 2015 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
Don't call Union defender Steven Vitoria a bust just yet. Yes, the 26-year-old Toronto native missed 14 straight games through the spring and summer of his first season with the team. Yes, his early-season performances drew plenty of critics. And yes, those critics only got louder when the MLS Players Union disclosed in July that he's earning $400,000 this year - the second-highest salary on the team, more than even now-departed goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi. But in the last few weeks, Vitoria has started to show why the Union made the effort to bring him to PPL Park after nine years as a pro in Portugal.
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September 1, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
In its biggest match before the World Cup, the U.S. men's national rugby team battled Harlequins early but didn't have enough late, falling, 24-19, in front of 6,364 fans at PPL Park. The Eagles, who must whittle their roster this week in preparation for the World Cup, were tied, 14-14, in the second half. But Harlequins, a top-tier English club still in its preseason, got a try from Luke Wallace with a little more than 10 minutes to play that put Harlequins ahead for good. On a positive note, the United States led, 11-0, when the top players were in the game.
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August 30, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Revolution at Union When: Saturday, 7 p.m. PPL Park. Records: Revolution (9-9-7, 34 points); Union (7-13-6, 27 points) TV: The Comcast Network. Revolution on the road: 2-8-2; Union at home: 5-5-3. Goals: Revolution, 34; Union 33. Goals against: Revolution, 36; Union 43. Last MLS game: The Revolution beat visiting Houston, 2-0, on Aug. 15. The Union were 1-0 winners at Montreal on Saturday. This year: The Revolution won 2-1 over the Union April 19 at PPL Park.
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August 30, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
As part of the U.S. national rugby team's preparation for the World Cup next month, the Eagles will host Harlequins F.C. on Sunday in a warm-up match at PPL Park. "We look forward to welcoming Harlequin to the USA," said Nigel Melville, chairman and chief executive of USA Rugby. "This fixture is an exciting opportunity for both teams. Philadelphia has become a rugby hotbed and we are excited to be back there. " This is the first appearance by the USA Eagles in Philadelphia since they faced the Maori All Blacks in Nov. 2013.
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