September 16, 2013 |
Clinging to fourth place in the Eastern Conference, the Union entered last night's game against the Houston Dynamo winless in their last four games, having scored just one goal during that time. Another loss, and the Dynamo would pass them in the standings. Houston, in front of a sellout crowd PPL Park, shut out the Union, 1-0, to do just that. The Union, now 10-10-9, have to wait until Sept. 27 before they next play, at Sporting Kansas City. "This has been a tough stretch for us and this night is going to be really difficult to accept," Union manager John Hackworth said after the game.
September 14, 2013 |
Union team manager John Hackworth asked more interesting questions than he was able to give answers to when talking Wednesday about a mystifying performance in Sunday's 1-0 Major League Soccer loss at San Jose. Needing every point in an air-tight playoff race, the Union basically took the first half off. Adding to the insult, former Union midfielder Shea Salinas scored for the Earthquakes in the 15th minute and this was another case of the Union waking up too late. Pretty soon they will go into permanent hibernation if they don't snap out of it. "It was alarming," Hackworth said about the first half performance.
August 30, 2013
AGENDA Who: Montreal at Union When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. Where: PPL Park, Chester TV/Radio: CSN/None. About the Union: The Union (10-8-8), in fourth place in the MSL's Eastern Conference, is looking to rebound from a 5-1 loss to New England in Foxboro, Mass., last Sunday . . . Jack McInerney leads the team with 10 goals . . . The Union lost the last meeting with the Impact, 5-3, on May 25 in Montreal. About the Impact: Montreal (12-7-5), top team in the East, shut out Houston, 5-0, last Saturday . . . Marco Di Vaio leads the team with 15 goals.
August 27, 2013 |
As the shot clock was winding down and play became hectic, Matt Mackrides reminded himself to do what he always has done: Just play lacrosse. He simplified things that way, Mackrides said. With fewer than five seconds remaining on the shot clock late in the third quarter, the Chesapeake Bayhawks attack cut to the net and banked home a feed from teammate Mike Kimmel. It created a four-point cushion for the Bayhawks, who won their second consecutive Steinfeld Cup - the Major League Lacrosse Championship - with a 10-9 win over the Charlotte Hounds on Sunday at PPL Park in Chester.
August 25, 2013 |
Denver Outlaws attack Brendan Mundorf raised his black right glove and circled his index finger before walking toward the middle of PPL Park without saying much. He was indicating it was time to wrap up a passing drill. As he slowly walked away, his teammates took some final shots before following him and moving on to another drill. The same way he leads at practice, Mundorf helped guide Denver to a 14-0 record - Major League Lacrosse's first unbeaten regular season. The Outlaws face the Charlotte Hounds at 1. p.m. in Saturday's semifinal at PPL Park and Mundorf is focused on winning his first championship.
August 15, 2013 |
PPL Park is set to host the Major League Lacrosse championship weekend on Aug. 24-25. The Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, Chesapeake Bayhawks and Charlotte Hounds will compete in Chester for the league title and Steinfeld Trophy. The championship game is set for 3 p.m. on Aug. 25. Denver, the league's lone undefeated team at 14-0, has secured the No. 1 seed and will play Charlotte in the first semifinal at 1 p.m. on Aug. 24. The Outlaws are the first team in the MLL to finish unbeaten.
August 13, 2013
CONOR CASEY scored twice as the Union treated a sellout crowd at PPL Park to a 2-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday night. "It was a must-win," said Casey, on what fueled his performance. "We were playing against an Eastern Conference team that's struggled this year and has had some injuries coming into this week. Regardless, we haven't dropped two in a row yet this year and we were playing at home. It was a must-win and it was great that we were able to come away with the points.
August 2, 2013 |
Union players are not downplaying the significance of Saturday's game against Chicago. Sure, there are still three months left in the MLS season and many more games to play. But as midfielder Amobi Okugo said, the team made it a point before the season to win each series against a fellow Eastern Conference team. Having beaten Chicago (7-9-4, 25 points) twice already this year, the Union (9-6-7, 34 points) will be looking to widen the gap between themselves and the Fire when the clubs kick off at 8 p.m. at PPL Park for the final time in the regular season.
August 1, 2013 |
Stoke City's trip to the United States for matches against MLS clubs in preparation for the English Premier League season had been going smoothly until its last stop in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The English side defeated the Union, 2-0, in a friendly match at PPL Park, but the victory was soured by an apparently serious injury to American midfielder Brek Shea's left knee. He was hurt on a hard tackle by Union defender Matt Kassel. Shea awaits tests on his knee on Wednesday, but Stoke City manager Mark Hughes did not sound optimistic.
July 31, 2013 |
Stoke City FC is happy to be out of the heat. The English Premier League club arrived in Philadelphia on Sunday after playing a couple of friendly matches against the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas last week. Stoke City will wrap up a preseason U.S. tour Tuesday night with a game against the Union at PPL Park. On Monday, the team practiced on the Union's home field in a much cooler climate than it had experienced in Texas. A crowd of about 100 Union season-ticket holders was in the stadium to watch first-year manager Mark Hughes' club prepare.