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July 28, 2013
Saturday, 7 p.m. at BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia TV: CSN Records: Whitecaps, 9-6-5 (32 points); Union 8-6-7 (31 points) Whitecaps at home: 8-0-4 Union on the road: 3-4-3 Goals for: Vancouver 33, Union 32 Goals against: Vancouver 28, Union 30 Last MLS outing: The Whitecaps lost, 2-1, on the road to the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Union tied visiting Portland, 0-0. About the Whitecaps: Vancouver had its six-game undefeated streak end with a loss to the Galaxy.
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March 26, 2011 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
In front of a sold-out crowd of 18,591, the Philadelphia Union defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps, 1-0, in the Union's home opener at PPL Park in Chester on Saturday. The Union's Carlos Ruiz scored the game's only goal in the 77th minute, assisted by Sebastien Le Toux, and the defense held the rest of the way with a man advantage following a red card on striker Eric Hassli. The second straight 1-0 victory marks the first winning streak in franchise history for the Union.
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March 25, 2011
Central defender Carlos Valdes enjoyed a strong debut with the Union in their MLS season opener on Saturday, a 1-0 win at Houston. Valdes frequently covered up for teammates who were beaten by an attacking Dynamo team. Though he was cool under fire, the 25-year-old Valdes admits to being a little nervous entering his home debut. The Union will host the Vancouver Whitecaps at 4 p.m. Saturday at sold-out PPL Park. "I am excited, but I feel a lot of responsibility because it is my first game in front of the fans, and I want to start out well," Valdes said through an interpreter.
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March 31, 2012
What: Vancouver Whitecaps (2-0-1, 7 points) at Union (0-3-0, 0 points) When: Saturday, 4 p.m. Where: PPL Park, Chester TV: 6ABC About the Whitecaps: Vancouver is undefeated but considers itself lucky given what goalkeeper Joe Cannon described as a "flat performance" against D.C. United in its last match. The Whitecaps salvaged a point thanks to a scoreless draw at home. . . . One of Vancouver's flaws is its inability to finish, and that will only get tougher with the absence of Swede Eric Hassli, out with an ankle sprain.
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March 26, 2012 | BY FRANK BERTUCCI, Daily News Staff Writer
A YEAR AGO, the Union had a 2-0-1 record after three games and sat in first place in MLS' Eastern Conference. This year, after six regulars disappeared from the roster in the offseason, the Union is 0-3-0. But Sebastien Le Toux will be back in PPL Park on Saturday . . . playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps. The latest Union loss was by 1-0 on Saturday at Chicago. "It's never easy to be in a situation like we are right now after three games," team manager Peter Nowak said.
SPORTS
May 27, 2012
What: Union (2-6-2, eight points) at Toronto FC (0-9-0, 0 points) When: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Where: BMO Field, Toronto TV: The Comcast Network On the web: Streaming online at MLS Soccer.com The skinny: Union midfielder Gabriel Gomez has been called up by the Panamanian national team for World Cup qualifying. Gomez, who serves as Panama's captain, will leave Sunday after the Toronto FC game and return after Panama's match against Cuba on June 12. . . . Toronto is at the bottom of the MLS standings, but confidence is sure to come after a win in the Canadian championship, a 1-0 decision over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Wednesday night's final . . . . The win earned Toronto entrance into the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League.
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April 16, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORTS
GABRIEL GOMEZ scored on a penalty kick in the 38th minute Saturday and the Union beat Columbus, 1-0. After Columbus' Eric Gehrig was whistled for a handball in the 18-yard-box, Gomez chipped Crew goalie Andy Greuenbaum and the Union (1-3-1) held on for their first win this season. Toronto FC (0-4-0) is the only remaining winless club in Major League Soccer. It was the second consecutive shutout for Zac MacMath following a scoreless draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 weeks ago. In addition, the defense extended its shutout streak to 242 minutes.
SPORTS
May 10, 2013
The Week in Soccer   Real Salt Lake at Montreal Impact 2 p.m. Saturday (MLSsoccer.com) Major League Soccer lets fans access MLS Live, its video streaming package, for free this weekend. Montreal's MVP candidate, Patrice Bernier, and red-hot forward Marco Di Vaio lead the Impact. Real's midfield features rising star Luis Gil with vets Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales.   San Jose Earthquakes at Seattle Sounders 4 p.m. Saturday (MLSsoccer.com, Univision Deportes)
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September 28, 2012
Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City 8:30 p.m. Friday (NBC Sports Network) Sporting Kansas City needs to win this game to keep up its pursuit of the top overall seed in the Major League Soccer playoffs. U.S. under-17 women vs. North Korea 7:45 a.m. Saturday (ESPN3) The United States needs a win in its final group-stage game at the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup in order to advance to the knockout round. Chelsea at Arsenal 7:30 a.m. Saturday (ESPN2)
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June 10, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
NO MATTER the circumstances of the season to date, the match last Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps was always going to be an important one. The result would have 3 weeks to either offer good vibes or fester while Major League Soccer broke for this year's FIFA World Cup. That notion certainly wasn't lost on the Union, which has experienced a struggle-filled first portion of the season. And minutes after the final whistle blew at PPL Park late Saturday, the mood in the Philadelphia locker room was, for the most part, upbeat entering a weeklong respite from the pitch.
SPORTS
June 9, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
An unlikely victory was within the Union's grasp Saturday night. But then goalkeeper Zac MacMath fouled Vancouver Whitecaps forward Pedro Morales in the box in the 80th minute of play. Morales scored past a lunging MacMath on the ensuing penalty kick, and the Union had to settle for a 3-3 tie at PPL Park in Chester. MacMath wasn't thrilled with the penalty call. "I think he actually steps on my forearm and falls down," MacMath said. "Obviously, the referee, any time he sees contact with the goalkeeper and the forward, he's going to give the PK. " The Union looked dead in the water for the first 62 minutes of the game.
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June 7, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don't let the Union's shutout win Saturday fool you. Their defense has been a problem this season, and they know it. With his team having surrendered 24 goals, the second-highest total in the Eastern Conference as of Wednesday, Union manager John Hackworth is reevaluating some of his decisions. Hackworth essentially admitted at his weekly news conference that moving forward Aaron Wheeler to center back before the season has been a failure. Wheeler hasn't appeared in two consecutive games, and Hackworth said he is now back at forward, where he played in 2013.
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June 6, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
ANDREW WENGER and some of his Union teammates found themselves looking at the Major League Soccer standings the other day. "For how bad we've played at times and some of our results and the way I think we've felt directly after games, we're not that far out of it," Wenger said. The first-year Philadelphia forward then rephrased his comment. "I shouldn't even say we're that far out of it," he said. "We're on the cusp. " That's certainly an optimistic view for a club with fewer points (14)
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March 18, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
MORE OFTEN that not, Sebastien Le Toux knows how to make the fans happy on opening day at PPL Park. Le Toux scored a goal for the second consecutive year and third time in the Union's five home openers. The veteran midfielder's first goal of the 2014 season proved to be all the offense the Union would need in its 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday. After scoring three goals in Philadelphia's home opener in 2010, one goal with the Vancouver Whitecaps in their home opener in 2012, one goal in last year's Union home opener and another Saturday, Le Toux is still unable to figure out the exact reason for his spectacular home-opening performances.
SPORTS
July 30, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE UNION handed the Vancouver Whitecaps FC their first MLS home loss of the season, 1-0, on Saturday night. The only goal was in the 85th minute from Antoine Hoppenot. The win improved the Union's record to 9-6-7. Vancouver is 9-5-7. "[Aaron] Wheeler played me a good ball and I was through," Hoppenot said of the goal. "The ball was bouncing, and all I had to do was put it into the back of the net. Most of the work was done by Wheeler, so you've got to thank him for that goal.
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July 29, 2013 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Union spent most of Saturday's game against the Vancouver Whitecaps playing with a man advantage, but it didn't always seem that way. Finally, in the 85th minute, they broke through. Substitute Antoine Hoppenot delivered the winning goal as the Union claimed a 1-0 victory at sun-drenched B.C. Place. The Union (9-6-7, 34 points) went up a man just eight minutes into the game, when Keon Daniel exploited what has become one of the team's strengths: annoying opponents to the point where they commit rash fouls.
SPORTS
July 6, 2013
The Week in Soccer   Guatemala at United States 11 p.m. Friday (NBC Sports Network/UniMás) The U.S. national team heads to San Diego for a warm-up game before the CONCACAF Gold Cup starts on Sunday. Fans will be familiar with three Americans who play just over the border in Tijuana: Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, and Hérculez Gómez.   Messi and Friends vs. World All-Stars 7 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) Though Tuesday's charity exhibition in Los Angeles organized by Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi was canceled at the last minute, the edition at Chicago's Soldier Field is still on. One of the stars is former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, recently returned to Major League Soccer with Chivas USA.   Seattle Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps 11 p.m. Saturday (NBC Sports Network)
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