April 6, 2011 |
BOYDS, Md. - Cooler heads may not have prevailed for the Union on Wednesday night. Defender Carlos Valdes and coach Peter Nowak were ejected from the team's second appearance in the U.S. Open Cup as it fell to D.C. United on penalty kicks, 3-2. Valdes threw the ball in disgust after he was tackled out of bounds. The move compelled the referee to give Valdes a yellow card for dissent and put the Union (2-2-0) down a man for the remainder of regulation as well as two 15-minute overtime periods.
March 1, 2011
Union fans refer to him as "Chooch," "Chooch Part Deux" and by modified versions of his longtime nickname, "El Pescadito" (Little Fish), but yesterday, newly minted forward Carlos Ruiz was "The Difference" in a 1-1 tie against Greek Super League host Ergotelis FC in Crete. The game was the first in a pair of scheduled exhibitions during the club's 2-week training period in Greece. In the 27th minute at Pancretan Stadium, Ruiz slotted a Justin Mapp cross home for a 1-0 Union edge. Ruiz nearly had a brace after an Ergotelis foul on Roger Torres, but his free kick from roughly 30 yards out was denied.
May 22, 2011 |
Carlos Ruiz says that he doesn't read news coverage of the Union, or what the fans have to say about him online. So the Union's marquee forward hasn't noticed the criticism of his performance for the Union so far this season - only two goals in nine games prior to last night. Plenty of people will notice what Ruiz did Saturday night at PPL Park, though. The Guatemalan forward smashed a first-time volley from 35 yards past Delaware County native Jon Conway in the 75th minute to give the Union a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire in front of 18,372 fans.
May 16, 2011 |
The Union tried a revamped starting lineup to help jump-start its offense, but despite a better attack, lost to host FC Dallas, 2-0, on Saturday night. The Union began the game with Danny Mwanga and Roger Torres in the lineup, but was held scoreless for the third straight game on the road. The team has scored six goals in nine matches, the lowest total in the league. The Union fell to 0-2-1 in its last three and 4-3-2 overall. Dallas ran its shutout streak to 309 minutes and goalkeeper Kevin Hartman recorded his third consecutive shutout.
June 22, 2011 |
A game's worth of dominance couldn't end the Union's recent winless streak. Despite controlling play in both halves, the Union settled for a scoreless draw on Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City before 18,127 fans at PPL Park. The Union (6-4-5) are now 0-1-3 in their last four games, their longest winless streak of the season. Conversely, Kansas City (3-6-5) is in its best stretch of the season, going 2-0-4 in its last six. The Union's best scoring chance came in the 72d minute when Carlos Ruiz headed a Sebastien Le Toux cross off the cross bar. In the 80th minute, Le Toux took a pass from Roger Torres and shot just wide on a low roller past the far post from outside the box. Union midfielder Amobi Okugo got a weak shot off from the top of the box during second-half stoppage time.
June 23, 2011 |
A game's worth of dominance couldn't end the Union's winless streak. Despite controlling play in both halves, the Union settled for Wednesday's scoreless draw against Sporting Kansas City before 18,127 fans at PPL Park in Chester. The Union (6-4-5) are 0-1-3 in their last four games, their longest streak of the season without a victory. Conversely, Sporting (3-6-5) are in their best stretch of the season, going 2-0-4 in their last six games. The Union's best scoring chance came in the 72d minute, when Carlos Ruiz headed a Sebastien Le Toux cross off the bar. "I tried to put it inside the goal, but I was running backwards and didn't have time to put my chin down, and it went straight to the crossbar," Ruiz said.
September 28, 2013 |
These are desperate times for the Union, whether the team manager believes it or not. The team has gone 0-3-2 in its last five games, and has scored one goal in that span - and that came in a 5-1 loss at New England. Remarkably, the Union remain very much alive for one of the five Major League Soccer Eastern Conference playoff spots. With five games remaining, the Union are tied for sixth place in the Eastern Conference with Chicago, both having 39 points. Both teams trail fifth-place New England by a point.
August 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Union lost a lead. D.C. United lost their collective head. Yet nobody lost an entertaining Major League Soccer game with a wild finish that did little to help the Union's playoff chances. After scoring first, in the opening half, the Union were outplayed in the second half and held on for a 1-1 draw with United on Sunday before 12,312 at spacious RFK Stadium. The Union are now 7-12-3 and have 24 points. United are 11-8-4 for 37 points. United hold the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
August 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - To call the last 5 minutes of what transpired at RFK Stadium on Sunday a travesty is putting the events that followed a 1-1 draw for the Union against D.C. United way too lightly. Three red-card ejections, two fights, bodies being thrown all over the choppy pitch and what can only be described as an embarrassment by both clubs, as official Mark Geiger lost control of a match that for the previous 85 minutes was a riveting end-to-end contest. "It was a pretty eventful game," United coach Ben Olsen joked.