April 28, 2014 |
CHESTER - Far more than a mere sports arena, the Major League Soccer stadium was going to be the centerpiece of an economic renaissance for the struggling city of Chester. In announcing $47 million in state funding for the project in 2008, Gov. Ed Rendell went so far as to say it would "change the face of Chester forever," the axis for development that would include housing, a convention center, office and retail space, and a riverside promenade on the city's historic waterfront.
April 26, 2014 |
There are both positives and negatives associated with winning a hard-fought game late in the regular season only to see that same opponent again, later, when the stakes are higher. This isn't lost on former La Salle High School standout Niko Amato of Conshohocken. Now the goalie for the Maryland men's lacrosse team, Amato was in the nets last week when the Terrapins (10-2) corralled a 12-8 victory at Notre Dame (6-5). The victory gave the Terps the 2014 regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
April 26, 2014 |
John Hackworth approached Andrew Wenger before he even left the field last Saturday. The Union had just played to a frustrating scoreless draw with Houston at PPL Park, and Wenger was taking it hard. The forward had the best chance of stoppage time and skied the ball over the crossbar from directly in front of the goal. Hackworth did not want that feeling to linger. "I said, 'Andrew, just stay positive,' " the team manager said. " 'You're going to get a lot more of those opportunities, and I have complete confidence that you're going to bury more of them.' " Wenger would like nothing more than to do so against Saturday's opponent.
April 25, 2014 |
AMOBI OKUGO has known Jack McInerney since high school, when both were part of U.S. soccer's residency program. They were drafted a pick apart in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and roomed together on countless road trips throughout four-plus seasons with the Union. So for Okugo and other Union mainstays, tomorrow's match at Montreal might feel a bit strange. Three weeks and a day after the Philly club made the surprising deal to send their star striker north of the border, McInerney will rejoin his former teammates on the pitch, as an opponent in an important game for both teams.
April 20, 2014 |
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)
April 12, 2014 |
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.
April 11, 2014 |
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.
March 28, 2014 |
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.
March 22, 2014 |
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.
March 21, 2014 |
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.