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October 22, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union staved off playoff elimination thanks to the work of one of their main Major League Soccer rivals, the New York Red Bulls. After the Red Bulls' 3-0 win over the host Houston Dynamo on Sunday, the Union are assured of having a meaningful regular-season finale when they host Sporting Kansas City in Saturday's 3 p.m. matchup at PPL Park in Chester. The Union must win Saturday to even have a chance of earning a playoff spot. Even if the Union beat Sporting, they will need help to earn the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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October 22, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE UNION'S playoff hopes remained alive yesterday, when the Houston Dynamo lost to the New York Red Bulls, 3-0. The MLS regular season ends next weekend, and to make the playoffs, the Union must defeat Sporting Kansas City (16-10-7) at PPL Park on Saturday and have Houston (at D.C.) and New England (at Columbus) lose on Sunday. The Union also could get in via a tiebreaker, but for that to happen, the Union has to win and New England has to lose and then goal differentials would determine the playoff spot.
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October 19, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union have just two Major League Soccer games remaining, and regardless of the math, there is no way around it: They have to go to Montreal and earn three points against the Impact, a daunting but not impossible task. The Union could be eliminated from the postseason if they lose, the host Chicago Fire beat Toronto FC on Saturday, and Houston defeats the visiting New York Red Bulls on Sunday. Although a tie could keep them in the running, it shouldn't give the Union much security.
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October 11, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
WHEN THE UNION takes the pitch in Washington tomorrow night, it is important for a number of reasons. Not only do the Union need to pick up points against the United on their quest to the playoffs, but it is captain Brian Carroll's 300th match in the MLS. Ironically, Carroll got his first MLS start with D.C. United. With the Union, he has united the team. "Brian has, in a lot of ways, been our rock," Union manager John Hackworth said. "For me, personally, there are very few guys in that locker room that are more important.
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October 7, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kleberson didn't show any rust in scoring one of the most important goals of the season for the Union. The Brazilian midfielder drilled a free kick from 24 yards out during second-half stoppage time to lead the Union to a 1-0 win over Toronto FC before 18,996 at PPL Park in Chester. Since June 2, Kleberson had played a total of 10 minutes and had not seen any action in the previous three games. It was only the veteran Brazilian star's eighth game with the Union and his first goal.
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October 4, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE UNION has four games remaining. They currently are in possession of the last playoff spot in the MLS Eastern Conference. Both the Columbus Crew and New England Revolution are nipping at their heels for the spot, which is why the team knows the importance of the final stretch. Manager John Hackworth has his own formula for what he believes will get the Union into the playoffs. He believes that after their upset win last week over Sporting Kansas City, they need six or seven points over their next four games to secure a spot.
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September 17, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE UNION lost to the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, Saturday night at PPL Park after having an apparent goal disallowed. On a free kick in the 30th minute, the Union's Keon Daniel put the ball past Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall and into the net, but the goal was waived off. It would have been the first goal of the game. "When the ball was played, the Union player was judged to be offsides, so therefore he was penalized for being offsides on that play," referee Mark Kadlecik said. "The offsides player interfered with the keeper.
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September 16, 2013 | By Paul Tierney, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 14, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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