October 4, 2015 |
Now what? The Union once again have to bounce off the canvas after what may be the most difficult result in their six-year franchise history. On Wednesday they had come even closer to winning their first trophy than the year before when they lost 3-1 in extra time to Seattle in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup final. Then on Wednesday, the Union took the game into penalty kicks, only to lose 7-6 in that segment to Sporting Kansas City after the teams played to a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes in another exciting Open Cup final at PPL Park.
July 18, 2015 |
Union center back Richie Marquez saw his first Major League Soccer action earlier this season against Toronto, coming in as an injury replacement for Michael Lahoud on May 2. He has been hard to get out of the lineup ever since. Since his debut, Marquez, 23, has started nine of the last 10 games. "I definitely feel a lot more confident now," said Marquez, the 44th overall choice in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Redlands in California. The Union (6-10-4)
May 4, 2015 |
The Union's offensive struggles continued Saturday, but it wasn't from a lack of chances. Maintaining possession for 65.6 percent of the game and applying plenty of late pressure wasn't enough for the Union in a 1-0 Major League Soccer loss to Toronto FC at PPL Park. All that pressure resulted in only one shot for the Union. "We haven't had the quality we would like on the final ball and the final run in the box to get on the end of something," Union coach Jim Curtin said. The Union (1-6-3)
May 2, 2015 |
In a Major League Soccer season when little has gone right for the 1-5-3 Union, coach Jim Curtin pulled no punches this week when discussing the team's deficiencies. First and foremost, this is a team that does not challenge defenses enough and also makes too many errant passes. "Possession-wise we've been a disaster this year," Curtin said. "Confidence goes the longest way. " This is not a confident team. "When you have confident players, they want the ball in tight spots, and right now we would rather shy away from moving an extra yard or two to keep possession," Curtin said.
October 10, 2014 |
WHEN THE UNION players walk through the tunnel and onto the PPL Park pitch tomorrow night, it could be the start of their last meaningful game of this up-and-down season. It's up to them to make sure their following two weekends carry the same importance as this one. There's no way around it - the Union (9-10-12) needs three points against the Columbus Crew (11-10-10) to keep its already slim postseason hopes alive. A loss and a New York Red Bulls win against Toronto FC tomorrow would mathematically eliminate the club from contention.
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.
September 9, 2014 |
THE UNION'S playoff push reached new heights over the weekend, ensuring that the club entered this week in its best Eastern Conference standing of the season. After capping a home-and-home sweep of Toronto FC with Saturday's 2-0 victory, the Union was tied for third place in the 10-team conference. With 36 points, it entered this week ahead of its next opponent, the New York Red Bulls (34) and Toronto (33) in the standings, though the Philly club has one more game than each of those teams.
September 5, 2014 |
Facing a keeper on his game, the Union needed persistence, patience, and finally the finishing touch of Conor Casey. Putting all three together, the Union defeated Toronto FC, 1-0, Wednesday night in a Major League Soccer game in front of 15,238 at PPL Park in Chester. The Union (8-9-9, 33 points) moved into a three-way tie for fourth place with Toronto and Columbus in the Eastern Conference. The top five teams will make the playoffs. Goalkeeper Joe Bendik made several acrobatic saves to keep Toronto in the game.
September 4, 2014 |
Sebastien Le Toux has been carrying the Union recently with his goal scoring, a familiar scenario that he hopes can pay off like it did three seasons ago. In 2011 during the Union's second Major League Soccer season, Le Toux caught fire toward the end of the year, scoring 10 goals in the final 12 games. That helped the Union earn their first and only playoff berth. Once again Le Toux is leading a late charge. He leads the Union this season with 11 goals while also adding five assists.
April 7, 2014 |
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - It was a roller-coaster of a game for the Union Saturday. Appearing on the verge of victory, they only managed a 2-2 draw, and that only came due to the heroics of goalie Zac MacMath. In the waning moments of stoppage time, Union defender Aaron Wheeler was cited for a foul, leading to a penalty kick by 2013 Major league Soccer MVP Mike Magee. But MacMath dove to his right to stop Magee's shot and then deflected the rebound out of danger, as the Union salvaged a point.