May 13, 2014 |
A LACKLUSTER start to a once-promising season reached a new low point late Saturday afternoon. In losing its third consecutive match, this one a 1-0 decision to rival D.C. United at PPL Park, the Union's winless streak reached nine consecutive matches, a new worst in the club's 5-year history. For the fifth straight game, a Philadelphia player failed to score during the run of play. And throughout yet another poor showing, the Sons of Ben made their displeasure known, even late in the match calling for the firing of team manager John Hackworth.
May 12, 2014 |
Union midfielder Maurice Edu has mixed emotions. On one hand, he is anxiously awaiting Monday, when U.S. Soccer will announce the 30-man preliminary roster for the World Cup. On the other, the Union's struggles during this difficult Major League Soccer season weigh heavily on his mind. The Union dropped to 1-5-5 with Saturday's 1-0 loss to D.C. United at PPL Park. In the process, the Union set a franchise record with its ninth consecutive winless game. Even the expansion team of 2010 never had a winless streak longer than six games.
May 2, 2014 |
MIRED IN a seven-match winless streak, the Union probably could use a game against a struggling opponent in the friendly confines of PPL Park. That's just about the reverse of what awaits tomorrow night, when the Philly club plays arguably Major League Soccer's best team in a notoriously difficult stadium for the opposition. In Maurice Edu's opinion, Clint Dempsey, the Seattle Sounders and the soccer-crazed environment at CenturyLink Field will serve as a test of character for the Union (1-3-5)
April 29, 2014
Saints alive John XXIII and John Paul II did not become saints on Sunday with their canonization in Rome ("Saints day," April 28). They were simply added to the official list - the canon - of those whose sanctity has been recognized. Catholics believe that everyone who lives a good life according to gospel values is a saint, a holy person. If the former popes are saints, it is because they did the best they could to lead lives of faithful witness, not due to an elaborate ceremony. Marie Conn, Hatboro, firstname.lastname@example.org Chester's secret On the way to the lacrosse championships at PPL Park, I was amazed that there was no stadium signage at the I-95 or Route 322 exit ("Chester still awaits a big score in soccer," April 27th)
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.