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October 8, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former U.S. women's national soccer team goalkeeper Jillian Loyden, who starred at Villanova, spoke out publicly against Hope Solo on Monday, urging that the team's goalkeeper not be permitted to play until her domestic-abuse case is resolved. "U.S. Soccer needs to send the right message," Loyden, a Vineland native, wrote in a USA Today op-ed piece. "They need to communicate that domestic violence is never OK and that it will not be tolerated. " In November, Solo pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor domestic abuse.
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September 30, 2014
ALL OF a sudden, the goals that were coming in bunches are no longer there. "The goals have dried up," Union interim manager Jim Curtin said. "You know, we're struggling. " Saturday's 1-0 road loss to first-place D.C. United marked the Union's second consecutive scoreless game. It also dropped the Chester-based club back to seventh place in the Eastern Conference with only four regular-season games to play. Fortunately for the Union (9-10-11) and its playoff hopes, three of those four games come against teams ahead in the standings.
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September 23, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE UNION played a scoreless tie with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at PPL Park. The tie kept the Union's unbeaten streak alive at five (3-0-2) and enabled the team to get one point in the standings. With New York and Columbus winning over the weekend, the Union dropped below the playoff line. The Union (9-9-11) are in sixth place in the MLS Eastern Conference, two points and one position out of the playoffs with five games to play. "We needed them," Union goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi said of points left on the field.
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September 19, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THERE'S NO TIME to dwell on what's done. Not when only six regular-season games are left and you're on the outside of the playoff picture looking in at teams that could easily be caught. Following Tuesday's heartbreaking 3-1, extra-time loss to the Seattle Sounders in the final of the U.S. Open Cup at PPL Park, Union interim manager Jim Curtin said his players were crushed emotionally. "We deserve a trophy," he said. "We came up a bit short this time. Our guys will remember that feeling, though, with how close we were.
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September 18, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
CONSIDERING the championship history of Philadelphia sports - or, rather, the relative lack thereof - the Union had to know that winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final was not going to be easy. In the end, the script became all too familiar - heartbreak as another team celebrated a championship at Philadelphia's expense. For more than 100 minutes, U.S. national team star Clint Dempsey had been relatively invisible. But like all great players, he needed only one moment to make his presence felt.
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September 18, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are no moral victories, and the Union made that clear after what many observers felt was the most entertaining game in the five-year history of PPL Park. The Union didn't care that they were underdogs even in their home building. There was genuine disappointment Tuesday night after a 3-1 loss in extra time to the Seattle Sounders in a U.S. Open Cup championship that lived up to its billing. Both teams had ample chances to win the game in regulation and no doubt the Union will replay Vincent Nogueira's shot that hit the post in second-half stoppage time.
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September 17, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union are one win away from earning the first championship in the five-year history of the team. Interim manager Jim Curtin showed how much Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup final meant to the Union when he held several regulars from the starting lineup Saturday in a 2-2 Major League Soccer draw with the New York Red Bulls. The outcome left the Union tied for the fifth and final MLS Eastern Conference playoff spot with six games left. The full starting lineup is expected to be ready Tuesday when the Union host the Seattle Sounders in the title game at PPL Park.
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September 17, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
I WON'T exaggerate and claim that if the Union beats Seattle tonight at PPL Park and captures the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it will be as big as if it makes the playoffs and wins the MLS championship. The MLS Cup is the ultimate goal of professional soccer in the United States. It is this sport's equivalent of winning the Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup or NBA Finals. In comparison, winning the Open Cup would be like winning the . . . well, there is no real equivalent in any other U.S. professional sport.
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September 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seattle Sounders forward and World Cup veteran Clint Dempsey said he has great respect for the Union and understands the challenge his team will face in the U.S. Open Cup championship Tuesday night at PPL Park in Chester. The Open Cup is open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States. The Union are aiming for their first championship of any kind in the five-year history of the team. Dempsey, the U.S. captain since May 2013, became the first American to score in three World Cups when he netted a goal 30 seconds into the June 16 match against Ghana.
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