August 4, 2014
BRIAN BROWN scored his first MLS goal as the Union came from behind to earn a 1-1 road result last night against defending-champion Sporting Kansas City. Brown, the Jamaican striker recently acquired on loan, entered in the 69th minute and 2 minutes later promptly headed a cross from defender Ray Gaddis into the net. Brown, 21, was the Golden Boot winner of Jamaica's Red Stripe Premier League but had logged just 9 minutes in league play since joining Philadelphia. Although the Union would have obviously preferred an outright victory, the point was an important one for Philadelphia (5-5-9)
July 31, 2014
THE UNION is set to make what the club has deemed a "major announcement" in a noon news conference today at PPL Park. Both Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz and interim manager Jim Curtin are slated to attend, which suggests the announcement regards a roster move. Recent reports have pegged the Union as showing interest in Algerian World Cup goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, spotted earlier this month in a PPL Park box watching a game with Sakiewicz. M'Bolhi, 28, spent last season with Bulgarian club CKSA Sofia and has played in the last two World Cups.
July 26, 2014 |
In a season that once looked and felt like a lost cause, the Union are on a roll. Including U.S. Open Cup matches, they have lost just once in their last 11 games. Taking advantage of a weak Eastern Conference, the Union have put themselves within one point of a playoff spot. But now comes an interruption, a friendly in which the result means little. The Union will host Crystal Palace FC of the Premier League at PPL Park on Friday. Interim manager Jim Curtin is ambivalent about the match.
July 25, 2014 |
LAST SATURDAY, the youngest member of the Union returned from a 9-day hiatus in Southern California, where he helped the United States U-20 men's national team claim an international tournament. Two days later, Major League Soccer announced Zach Pfeffer had been added to the 20-man roster for the league's inaugural Homegrown Game, an Aug. 4 match in Portland, Ore., played as part of All-Star weekend. Not a bad stretch for the 19-year-old midfielder from Dresher, a mere 13 months removed from Upper Dublin High School graduation.
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.
July 18, 2014 |
ABOUT 45 minutes before kickoff Wednesday night in Chester, Austin Berry emerged from the PPL Park tunnel and joined a circle of nine Union players kicking around a soccer ball near the sideline. When the game started, Berry found himself seated on the bench between midfielder Danny Cruz and forward Aaron Wheeler. A couple hours later, when the final whistle cemented a pivotal, 3-1 Union win, Cruz and Wheeler were on the pitch. Berry, meanwhile, once again went into the official books as an unused sub. This season has been a strange one for Berry, the 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year acquired in the preseason to stabilize Philadelphia's central defense.
July 9, 2014 |
THE UNION and New England Revolution are probably getting a bit sick of each other. For the fourth time in less than 4 months - the third time at PPL Park - the MLS Eastern Conference foes play tonight, this match for a trip to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., with the victor advancing to play Aug. 12 on the road against FC Dallas or the Carolina Railhawks, of the North American Soccer League. Despite its 2014 MLS struggles, the eighth-place Union (4-8-6)
July 3, 2014 |
FOLLOWING HIS team's recent U.S. Open Cup victory against the New York Cosmos, Union interim manager Jim Curtin alluded to reinforcements to come after the World Cup. It's now evident that one potential lineup fortification could come via a player already on Philadelphia's roster. Curtin said yesterday the Union is "in close communication with" and "actively looking" at center back Carlos Valdes, who's in Brazil competing in the World Cup with the Colombian national team. The Union still owns the rights to Valdes, a defender for the team in 65 matches during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
July 2, 2014 |
Asking whether the United States is now a "soccer nation," which has become a timely if peculiar fascination during the excitement of the World Cup, is like asking if the U.S. is a "broccoli nation. " Soccer is consumed here regularly; fervidly by some, occasionally by others, and not at all by those who simply don't care for it. For the most part in this country - with the notable exception of the NFL - that's no different than any other sport. The United States has many basketball fans and hockey fans, but none of them feel it necessary to hear that this is a "basketball nation" or "hockey nation.
June 26, 2014 |
If the first two games are any indication, victories will not come any easier for the Union's interim manager, Jim Curtin, than they did for his predecessor, John Hackworth. For the second straight game, the Union needed overtime to stave off an opponent from a lesser league in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They beat the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League, 2-1, Tuesday night at PPL Park. "You're always going to get the best punch from the team that plays in the lower division," said Curtin, the former Union assistant coach who was promoted when Hackworth was fired on June 10. Sebastien Le Toux scored his second goal of the game on a penalty kick in the 114th minute after he was fouled in the box to give the Union their first lead of the night.