March 27, 2011 |
After spending most of Saturday afternoon half a step out of sync, midfielder Sebastien Le Toux and forward Carlos Ruiz finally connected. Ruiz, a marquee offseason acquisition brought here for his offensive punch, scored in the 77th minute as the Union defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps, 1-0, in their Major League Soccer home opener in front of a sellout crowd of 18,591 at PPL Park in Chester. The win, the Union's second in a row by that score, put them in first place for the first time, and the two shutouts match the total number of shutouts during last year's inaugural season.
March 26, 2011 |
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.
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.
March 25, 2011 |
Shea Salinas was looking forward to returning to PPL Park, but an injury will keep the former Union midfielder from joining his Vancouver Whitecaps teammates for Saturday's Major League Soccer matchup. Salinas strained a knee ligament in practice on March 5 and said he is about 90 percent healthy. "The team doesn't want me to travel unless I am 100 percent," Salinas said in a phone interview. Salinas, who will turn 25 in June, appeared in 17 games for the Union, making seven starts and scoring a goal.
April 21, 2007 |
In his rookie season with the Kixx, midfielder Tony Donatelli has been getting good-natured ribbing about his beginner's luck. Last summer, Donatelli was in his first year with the Vancouver Whitecaps when they won the outdoor United Soccer League's First Division title. Now, the graduate of Germantown Academy and Temple University is one win away from a championship in his first indoor season. Donatelli and the Kixx will meet the host Detroit Ignition for the Major Indoor Soccer League title today at the Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth, Mich.