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.
July 23, 2013 |
THE SONS of Ben may have said it best. During each of the Union's home games at PPL Park, the energetic fan section screams out chants showing support for their beloved team and city. One of the group's most recognized chants is, "No one likes us, no one likes us, no one likes us, we don't care! We're from Philly, no one likes us, no one likes us, we don't care!" That seems fitting after the Union was shut out of this seasson's MLS All-Star Game. Five Union players were on the ballot, and it seemed as if multiple players could be headed to Kansas City for the July 31 game, in which the MLS All-Stars will match up against AS Roma.
July 19, 2013
AGENDA Who: Union (8-6-6) vs. Portland Timbers (8-2-9) When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. Where: PPL Park, Chester TV: Comcast SportsNet Notes: Union striker and leading scorer Jack McInerney was dropped from the U.S. team competing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann made three other changes to the 23-man roster. The Americans will play El Salvador in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Sunday at MT&T Stadium in Baltimore.
July 13, 2013 |
Midfielder Gabe Farfan may have lost his spot as a starter this season, but he never lost his appreciation for the Union and their fans. Friday night's game promises to be an emotional one for Farfan, who will make his first Major League Soccer trip to PPL Park as an opponent when Chivas USA visits the Union. Farfan played a lot in the previous two years, mainly as a defender for the Union. He has always enjoyed the midfield more, and that is where he is mainly with Chivas USA, which plays at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., along with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
July 2, 2013 |
Union team manager John Hackworth opened his press conference Wednesday saying that he wasn't going to comment on the fact that Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl reported that forward Jack McInerney has earned a spot on the final 23-man roster for next month's Gold Cup. "I have seen the report from Sports Illustrated and Grant Wahl on Jack McInerney, and I am not going to talk about that today," Hackworth said. "That has not been confirmed to me at all, and I won't address it. " The news was confirmed Thursday morning by the U.S. Soccer Federation.
June 29, 2013 |
Perception isn't always reality, but the two matched up rather well during the Union's 10-18-6 season in 2012. As the record suggests, not much went right, and the Union weren't held in high esteem by Major League Soccer opponents. This year is different. The Union are 7-5-4 heading into Saturday's 5:30 p.m. matchup at PPL Park against a dangerous FC Dallas team that is 8-3-5. Somebody who had an outside perspective on the Union last year is defender Jeff Parke, who was acquired from Seattle in the offseason.