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May 9, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Union defender Sheanon Williams has gone from franchise cornerstone to a player battling to remain in the starting lineup. Like many of his teammates, the 25-year-old Williams has gotten off to a rough start this year for the 1-6-3 Union, who visit the Vancouver Whitecaps (5-3-2) on Saturday. Williams is part of a defense that has surrendered 18 goals, the most in Major League Soccer. Union coach Jim Curtin has moved Williams to the left outside back spot, with Ray Gaddis switching over to the right.
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September 19, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Houston Dynamo defender Sheanon Williams isn't prescribing to the old theory that when he takes the field Sunday for A game as a Major League Soccer opponent at PPL Park, that it will be just another match. Williams, who joined the Union late in their inaugural season in 2010, was traded to the Dynamo on July 23. He had been in an out of the lineup, but since coming to Houston has only been in. Williams has started all eight games, seven at right back and one at left, and has never left the field.
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October 20, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Saturday, the Union (10-15-6) begin their final stretch of the Major League Soccer season, playing their last three games over eight days after having a two-week break. That's part of the often-quirky MLS schedule. But just because the Union are out of the playoff hunt doesn't mean these games aren't important. Young players are fighting to make a favorable impression for 2013, and veterans are looking to establish the type of leadership that will also carry over. That brings us to defender Sheanon Williams, 22, who, on paper, fits both categories as a young player and a veteran.
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October 8, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE UNION remained in playoff contention with a 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Saturday at PPL Park. Kleberson scored the only goal of the match on a free kick from about 25 yards out during stoppage time in the 95th minute. The Union improved to 12-10-9. It was the first career MLS goal for Kleberson, the veteran Brazilian midfielder acquired in a trade for Freddy Adu earlier this season. "I'm very happy. I feel like the Union fans needed this, I needed to show them that I could score a goal," Kleberson said.
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June 9, 2011 | By KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
The virtual polls are open for the Major League Soccer All-Star Game. The league released its 108-player ballot yesterday, featuring the top six players from each team. Fans have until July 5 to cast their votes for the starting 11 for MLS when it faces Manchester United on July 27 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The Union players on the ballot are goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, defender Danny Califf, midfielder Justin Mapp and forwards Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Mwanga and Carlos Ruiz.
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May 12, 2013
Saturday at 1:30 p.m., Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. Records: Union, 3-3-3; Fire, 2-5-1. TV: NBC Sports Network. Union on the road: 2-2-1; Fire at home: 2-2. Goals for: Union, 12; Fire, 6. Goals against: Union, 14; Fire, 14. Last MLS outing: The Union played visiting Seattle to a 2-2 draw last Saturday. Chicago lost, 2-0, at Montreal on April 27. About the Union: The Union will be without outside defender Sheanon Williams, who earned a red card in last week's draw with Seattle.
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July 5, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
For the second straight game, the Union failed to put away a shorthanded opponent. Javier Morales' penalty kick in stoppage time hit the post and bounced across the goal mouth into the net past a helpless Zac MacMath to salvage a 2-2 tie for 10-man Real Salt Lake (10-5-4) in Sandy, Utah, on Wednesday night. The Union had taken the lead on Sebastien Le Toux's goal in the 13th minute off a Conor Casey pass. Real defender Lovel Palmer was shown a red card and sent off in the 59th minute for a late challenge on Michael Farfan.
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October 21, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Oscar Boniek Garcia and Brad Davis scored in the second half as the Houston Dynamo beat the visiting Union, 3-1, Saturday night to clinch a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs. The Union's Jack McInerney scored in the 19th minute off a Sheanon Williams cross. McInerney's goal was his fourth in as many games, breaking Sebastien Le Toux's team record for consecutive scoring games, according to a Union tweet. The Dynamo are into the postseason for the sixth time in seven years. The Union had their two-game winning streak ended.
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February 11, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The Union added goalkeeping depth Tuesday by acquiring English-born keeper Matt Jones on loan from Belenenses of Portugal's Primeira Liga, the top division. He will be on loan for the 2016 Major League Soccer season. Jones holds a U.S. permanent resident card and will not occupy an international spot. That is crucial because the Union do not have one available. MLS rules allow teams eight international slots, but the slots are allowed to be traded. The Union have seven after trading one international slot last year in the Sheanon Williams deal with Houston.
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July 2, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - For the second game in a row, the Union played a wide-open offensive affair, but, unlike last week's 3-2 win over visiting Chivas USA, this time they settled for a draw. Carlos Ruiz's goal in the 84th minute helped the Union escape with a 2-2 tie Saturday against a new-look D.C. United at RFK Stadium. The Union twice came back from one-goal deficits. "That's why we have Carlos Ruiz, to score goals like that," said Union team manager Peter Nowak, who has been annoyed at criticism of his forward.
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February 26, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Staff Writer
The Union bolstered their midfield with the signing of 30-year-old Brazilian Ilsinho to a two-year contract. Ilsinho has been with the Union during the preseason as a trialist. He spent six seasons over two stints with Shakhtar Donetsk of the Ukrainian Premier League. During that time he appeared in 176 games and totaled 22 goals and 19 assists. He was a member of Brazil's bronze-medal team in the 2008 Olympics. During a conference call Tuesday, coach Jim Curtin talked about how impressive Ilsinho has been this preseason.
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February 11, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The Union added goalkeeping depth Tuesday by acquiring English-born keeper Matt Jones on loan from Belenenses of Portugal's Primeira Liga, the top division. He will be on loan for the 2016 Major League Soccer season. Jones holds a U.S. permanent resident card and will not occupy an international spot. That is crucial because the Union do not have one available. MLS rules allow teams eight international slots, but the slots are allowed to be traded. The Union have seven after trading one international slot last year in the Sheanon Williams deal with Houston.
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January 15, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The Union have plenty of moves to fill out their roster as they prepare for their seventh Major League Soccer season, and a big way of retooling will occur during Thursday's MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore. With two selections among the top six, expectations will be as high for the Union as they were in their inaugural season, 2010, when they had the first, sixth and seventh selections. The Union picked Danny Mwanga first, Amobi Okugo sixth and Jack McInerney seventh that year. While neither is still with the team, all had some degree of success, just not as much as originally expected as a group.
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September 19, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Houston Dynamo defender Sheanon Williams isn't prescribing to the old theory that when he takes the field Sunday for A game as a Major League Soccer opponent at PPL Park, that it will be just another match. Williams, who joined the Union late in their inaugural season in 2010, was traded to the Dynamo on July 23. He had been in an out of the lineup, but since coming to Houston has only been in. Williams has started all eight games, seven at right back and one at left, and has never left the field.
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August 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union introduced their newest player, Swiss international midfielder-forward Tranquillo Barnetta and aren't expected to waste any time incorporating him into the lineup. Barnetta is expected to play Saturday when the Union (6-12-4) host the New York Red Bulls (8-6-5) in Saturday's Major League Soccer match at PPL Park. "To his credit, I think is show his character and mentality he wants to be part of it [Saturday]," Head coach Jim Curtin said. "He knows it is a big game for us and wants to help the team and is a team-first guy. " And so the Union will likely monitor his minutes.
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July 26, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union are making no secret of their desire to acquire midfielder-forward Tranquillo Barnetta, who has been on Switzerland's roster for the last three World Cups. Barnetta, 30, practiced with the Union at PPL Park on Friday. The Union (6-11-4) were preparing for Sunday's Major League Soccer game at D.C. United (10-7-5). "He is here seeing if Philadelphia and MLS is a fit," Union technical director Chris Albright said. "It is a player whose pedigree speaks for itself, [being] in the last three World Cups.
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July 23, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISON, N.J. - The New York Red Bulls' pressure was relentless, both at even strength and especially with the man advantage. The Union's strategy was simple - keep clearing the ball away, earn an occasional counterattack, and take their chances on penalty kicks.  It was a chance worth taking. Despite playing a man down from the 40th minute and being dominated in possession and chances, the Union somehow pulled out a win on penalty kicks over the Red Bulls in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal Tuesday at Red Bull Arena.
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July 16, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a team that recently began its preseason training, AFC Bournemouth looked to be in midseason form. At least it seemed that way to the Union, who lost, 4-1, to the Cherries Tuesday night in an international friendly at PPL Park. The team will make its first entry into the English Premier League. Bournemouth's players rarely held the ball, relying on crisp passing, and their decision-making separated them from the Union. No doubt, this faster-paced game will benefit the Union when they return to Major League Soccer play Saturday in Toronto.
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July 16, 2015 | BY GARRETT MILEY, For the Daily News
FOR A TEAM that spent all week training with two-a-days in preparation for its first season in the English Premier League, AFC Bournemouth had plenty of energy left for last night's friendly against the Union. The Union's defense struggled to keep up with the quick pace and crisp passing of the Cherries in a 4-1 loss at PPL Park. Bournemouth peppered Union goalkeeper John McCarthy early and often as they moved up and down the field with ease, tallying 18 shots. "For our guys, it's a big lesson learned," Union manager Jim Curtin said.
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July 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union survived the inclement weather, a red card and one of their shots that hit both posts. Neither the elements nor some flat-out bad luck could stop them from defeating D.C. United, 2-1, in a U.S. Open Cup round of 16 game Tuesday night at PPL Park. Fabinho converted an excellent give-and-go from Cristian Maidana in the 80th minute for the winning goal. The Union will meet the winner of Wednesday's game between the New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos in a quarterfinal on July 21 or 22. In the 56th minute, the Union tied the score when Maidana found Sheanon Williams.
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