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June 5, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vincent Enyeama batted Greek forward Georgios Samaras' shot from the left side of the box into the air. The rebound went straight to forward Dimitris Salpingidis, who attempted a header in the 83d minute of the pre-World Cup friendly between Nigeria and Greece at PPL Park. This time, Enyeama, the Nigerian goalkeeper, leaped and caught the attempt, preserving a scoreless game. Defense and goalkeeping controlled the game in a 0-0 draw played in front of a largely pro-Greece crowd of 10,131 fans at the Chester stadium.
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June 5, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
OK, SO if you are a Union fan, what bothers you about this picture? The Los Angeles Galaxy roster includes Landon Donovan, the most recognizable name in U.S. soccer, and Ireland international Robbie Keane, who has 136 goals in the English Premier League on his resumé. The New York Red Bulls have France international Thierry Henry, who won three FA Cups with Arsenal, a UEFA Champions League title with Barcelona and the 1998 World Cup. The Seattle Sounders have USA captain Clint Dempsey, whom they brought back to MLS after six seasons in the EPL. And before the 2014 season began, Toronto signed USA national team star Michael Bradley and England international Jermain Defoe, and brought in Brazil World Cup goal tender Julio Cesar on loan.
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June 3, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
WITH 2 minutes left in the Collegiate Rugby Championship against Kutztown, California had hit a snag in its plan. Following a scrum near the try-zone, Jake Anderson got caught in the center of the field between several defenders. Frantic, he found Patrick Barrientes streaking down the left touch line and lobbed a skip pass 10 meters to his teammate across the grass. Barrientes received it with a Kutztown defender in front of him and leapt 5 meters from the emerald pitch. When he came back to earth, Cal had scored and finally put the contest out of reach.
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June 3, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
California's Seamus Kelly is a member of the U.S. national rugby team, a national sevens champion, and widely considered the best player in collegiate rugby. So when Cal lost to Brigham Young in the 15s national finals on May 3, potentially souring the end of Kelly's college career, the Golden Bears wanted to make sure they did one thing. "We wanted to send off our three-time captain Seamus Kelly with a national championship," center Patrick Barrientes said after top-seeded Cal's 24-21 win over No. 5 Kutztown in the Collegiate Rugby Championship Sevens tournament at PPL Park in Chester on Sunday.
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May 31, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship opens play, the local teams will get the opportunity to test their skills against the very best early in the tournament, which takes place at PPL Park Friday through Sunday. California, looking to defend the title it won last season, will face both Drexel on Friday and Temple on Saturday. After that, the defending champ will face Maryland as it finishes out pool play. Not only will the Owls and the Dragons see one of the tourney favorites early, they'll also get a chance to face arguably the best collegiate player in the game in Seamus Kelly.
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May 17, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
The celebration seemed spontaneous, but Danny Cruz knew exactly what he was doing. Cruz scored the first goal in the Union's stunning, 2-1 upset at MLS champion Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night. Then the midfielder sprinted to the sideline and threw his arms around manager John Hackworth, joined by several teammates. It was "definitely something we talked about before," Cruz said after the game. "We are behind him. He knows we are behind him, and we've tried to make that clear to the media, to the fans.
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May 15, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
IN THE wake of fans' boos and chants calling for his firing during Saturday's loss, Union manager John Hackworth said yesterday that he feels supported by CEO Nick Sakiewicz and the club's front office and is focused on continuing to try to "put this team in a position where we can be successful. " Speaking on a teleconference with reporters before the team took off for Kansas City ahead of tonight's 8:30 road match against Sporting KC, Hackworth also said he thinks the players have been affected by all the negativity surrounding the club.
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May 13, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
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.
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May 12, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 2, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
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)
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