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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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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 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 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 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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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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April 20, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
As most of his teammates yanked their ties tight and tucked in their dress shirts after last Saturday's game at PPL Park, Zac MacMath stood in front of his locker in full uniform. It would be easy to understand if he did not have the energy to pull it over his head. The Union are in the midst of a hectic stretch, and the goalkeeper has been one of their busiest players. They play their third game in eight days Saturday when they host the Houston Dynamo at PPL Park at 4 p.m. The Union (1-2-4)
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April 12, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andrew Wenger lingered in the doorway of the media room Wednesday in PPL Park. He had stopped to shake hands with a couple of Union staffers. As he took his seat on the dais, he asked all in the room to say their names. Even though he is only 23, the Union's newest forward and star attraction has become adept at introductions. But he is hoping this is the last one he has to make for a while. Wenger, a former No. 1 overall pick acquired in a blockbuster trade with Montreal last week for Jack McInerney, is seeking the stability he never had with the Impact.
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April 11, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
IT WAS AN interesting week for the Union, what with trading one of the best young scorers in the MLS in exchange for a former No. 1 draft pick, releasing a veteran and earning a draw in Chicago. The week ahead gets no easier, beginning tomorrow, when the Union (1-1-3) returns to PPL Park for a difficult test against Real Salt Lake (2-0-3) at 4 p.m. Philadelphia will then have to prepare for two more games later in the week without forward Jack McInerney and midfielder Keon Daniel.
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March 28, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
UNION MIDFIELDER Maurice Edu was one of 22 players included on the U.S. men's national team roster for next Wednesday's friendly match against Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Set to start at 11 p.m. local time, the game will be broadcast live on ESPN. Edu, in his first season with Philadelphia (1-1-1), will still play in the Union's game against the Montreal Impact on Saturday at 4 p.m. at PPL Park. He will leave Sunday to join the national team and rejoin the Union after the friendly.
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March 22, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union's enviable depth at midfield grew even stronger this week. Brian Carroll, the team captain who started every game last season, is over the illness that forced him to miss the opener. And the Union signed veteran Brazilian midfielder Fred on Thursday. Both will be available Saturday for the game against the Crew in Columbus. With midfield newcomers Maurice Edu and Vincent Nogueira off to strong starts, Union manager John Hackworth will have plenty of options in assembling his lineup.
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March 21, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
WITH TWO games under its belt, the Union has gone more than 180 minutes without trailing in a match this season. Tomorrow, the Union will look to extend that streak while earning its second victory of the young season. The Union (1-0-1) will be matched against the Columbus Crew (1-0-0) at Crew Stadium (6 p.m.). Midfielder Brian Carroll, now in his fourth season with the Union, spent three seasons with Columbus from 2008-10. After being scratched from last Saturday's match because of the flu, Carroll's return comes at a perfect time for the Union.
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March 18, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
MORE OFTEN that not, Sebastien Le Toux knows how to make the fans happy on opening day at PPL Park. Le Toux scored a goal for the second consecutive year and third time in the Union's five home openers. The veteran midfielder's first goal of the 2014 season proved to be all the offense the Union would need in its 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday. After scoring three goals in Philadelphia's home opener in 2010, one goal with the Vancouver Whitecaps in their home opener in 2012, one goal in last year's Union home opener and another Saturday, Le Toux is still unable to figure out the exact reason for his spectacular home-opening performances.
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March 16, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
UNION MANAGER John Hackworth and his players haven't dwelled on the disappointing closing moments of their opening 1-1 draw at Portland, but they did discuss it - extensively. In addition to improving the physical talent on the roster, the Union entered the 2014 MLS season determined to be a mentally tougher squad. Surrendering an equalizing goal on the final play, as they did last Saturday against the Timbers, does not fit that narrative. "We need to rectify that situation so that we don't get burned by it again," Hackworth said Wednesday at his weekly news conference.
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January 30, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
MAURICE EDU has never played a game in PPL Park, but he has seen up close how Union fans can raise the level of electricity in the "Power Plant" for their MLS franchise. Edu, a former MLS Rookie of the Year who spent the previous 6 years playing in Europe, was a member of Stoke City last July when the English Premier League Club came to Chester for an international friendly. Although he was injured, Edu watched from club box. He was particularly intrigued by energy generated by "Doop" - the Union's unofficial theme song.
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January 2, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there   It was 9 p.m. on a school night, and eighth-grade teacher Megan would have been sleeping if not for her three brothers pounding on her bedroom door. They were buying inaugural-season tickets for the Philadelphia Union. Was she in, or out? She'd been waffling for days between her lifelong love of soccer and qualms about tying up 18 Saturdays. "All right!" she told Pete, Bear, and Ryan. "I'll do it!" On April 10, 2010, Megan and the boys, who then all still lived with their parents in Holme Circle, found their seats at the first Union match at Lincoln Financial Field - PPL Park wasn't open yet. They sat next to another sibling set of season ticket holders, Andrew and Kevan.
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