February 3, 2015
IN A LOT of ways, Major League Soccer has come full circle to what it was always intended to be. That is, a domestic professional league in which the American player could earn a living while honing his skills to help the United States raise its status in global soccer. The big difference is that with 2 decades of dedication, hard work, ups and downs, trials and errors, MLS has grown from a place that was the only real option for Americans to play professionally to one where many of the top U.S. players are returning as a preferred destination.
July 2, 2013 |
BEFORE THE emergence of Jack McInerney, midfielder Sebastien Le Toux was the face of professional soccer in Philadelphia. The 29-year-old French native was selected by the Union on Nov. 25, 2009 in the MLS expansion draft after being left unprotected by the Seattle Sounders FC. Of the 10 players selected by the Union in that draft, Le Toux is the only one left. While Le Toux's scoring numbers have experienced a slight decline over the years, he remains a vital member of Philadelphia's offensive attack.
May 5, 2012
What: Union (2-4-1, seven points) at Seattle Sounders FC (5-1-1, 16 points) When: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Where: Century Link Field, Seattle TV: NBC Sports Network On the web: Streaming at MLSSoccer.com About the Sounders: Seattle sits third in a tightly contested Western Conference and hosts the Union following a 2-0 win against the conference rival Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday....
November 29, 2011 |
The Union's home opener is set for March 18 at PPL Park, Major League Soccer announced. The league revealed the home opening dates for each team, but did not provide opponents. MLS will have six games on March 10, two on March 11 and one on March 12. It is possible that the Union would open on the road in one of those games. All but one MLS club will play at home by the end of Week 3. The entire regular season schedule is expected to be released by the end of the year.
December 21, 2010
The second Major League Soccer campaign for the Union begins in March, but the club won't have to wait a month to play its first home game, like it did last season. Starting its second season in a row on the road, the Union opens on Saturday, March 19, at 8:30 p.m., against the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium. The home opener will be 1 week later, March 26, against the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps at PPL Park. MLS' First Kick begins March 15 when Seattle Sounders FC hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. MLS will feature a balanced 34-game schedule, with teams facing each other at home and on the road.
December 16, 2010 |
One of the off-season priorities for the Union was to change their goaltending, and that process is guaranteed after goalie Chris Seitz was one of two players selected in Stage 2 of Major League Soccer's reentry process. Seitz was selected by the Seattle Sounders FC with the ninth selection of the first round, while Union midfielder Fred was taken with the fourth pick in the second round by the New England Revolution. The players became available for the draft after the Union didn't pick up their contract options.
October 28, 2010 |
The Union's first Major League Soccer season met with great success at the box office but mixed results on the field. Despite being an expansion team, the Union players and coaches stated their goal all along was to make the playoffs. That didn't happen. Eight of the 16 MLS teams made the playoffs, and in 2009 the Seattle Sounders FC earned a postseason berth as an expansion team. That said, the Union were competitive in an 8-15-7 season, but the players and coaches felt a void.
August 20, 2010 |
When Stephen King looked at his Major League Soccer schedule to begin the season, the South Jersey native was excited to discover that the first game would be against the Union. King, a two-time Inquirer South Jersey player of the year from Shawnee High in Burlington County, was beginning his second season with the Seattle Sounders FC. The excitement of the opening game at Qwest Field was later tempered by the fact that King was a healthy scratch. The 24-year-old King couldn't get on the field this year until he was traded on April 30 to D.C. United for a second-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
August 3, 2010 |
At the midway point of the Major League Soccer season, the Union have gained enough respect that opponents no longer view them as an expansion team. That said, however, there is a feeling that the team left some points on the field during the first half of the 30-game season. As the second half begins with Thursday night's matchup against the Columbus Crew (10-4-4) at PPL Park, the Union (4-8-3) still have time to make a postseason run. At first glance that may seem far-fetched since D.C. United is the only team with fewer than the Union's 15 points.
July 27, 2010 |
Union midfielder-forward Sebastien Le Toux said he thoroughly enjoyed playing last week against Manchester United, among the best soccer clubs in the world. Le Toux hopes the rematch is even better. A week after the Union lost a 1-0 friendly to the English power, Le Toux gets a rematch during Wednesday's MLS all-star game against United at Houston's Reliant Stadium. "Playing against the greatest players was very nice," Le Toux said. "I'm going to enjoy playing them again and will try my best to have a good game.