July 21, 2012 |
Union players caught up with Sebastien Le Toux at the end of March when the Vancouver Whitecaps visited PPL Park in Chester. Le Toux, who was a fan favorite on the Union in 2010 and 2011, spent some time chatting with his old teammates. They talked about the differences in the two teams and the differences in life in Canada. Then they said their good-byes, assuming they wouldn't play against each other until next season. A week ago, though, Le Toux was acquired by the New York Red Bulls - just in time for a nationally televised game Saturday in Harrison, N.J., between the two rivals and two of Major League Soccer's hottest teams.
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.
May 26, 2012
The Union finally will be facing an opponent they don't have to look up to. In the standings, that is. On Saturday, the Union (2-6-2) will play the one team that they are ahead of in the 10-team Eastern Conference when they visit Toronto FC. Only in Major League Soccer can a team coming off a midweek victory be winless. Huh? Toronto is 0-9-0 in MLS games, but it beat the Vancouver Whitecaps, 1-0, on Wednesday to claim the Voyageurs Cup for the Canadian championship.
April 16, 2012 |
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.
April 1, 2012 |
No, the Union didn't get the goal they were trying so desperately to score and thus didn't enact total revenge on their former player whose homecoming had been the story line all week. Yet they got something that was desperately needed - some renewed confidence, along with their first point in the standings after Saturday's Major League Soccer scoreless draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps before 17,189 at frigid PPL Park in Chester. The Union are now 0-3-1 while the Whitecaps, the only MLS team that has yet to surrender a goal, is 2-0-2.
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.
March 30, 2012
For those not paying close attention, the Union haven't been doing well in the standings or in the league of public relations and now comes what would have been a worst-case scenario. On Saturday, the Union will face the most popular and productive player in their brief franchise history while still searching for their first win. The Union (0-3) host the Vancouver Whitecaps (2-0-1) in a 4 p.m. Major League Soccer matchup at PPL Park in Chester, welcoming home Philadelphia's prodigal son, Sebastien Le Toux.
March 26, 2012 |
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.
April 2, 2011 |
This is clearly a much different start to the Major League Soccer season for both the Union and the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Union (2-0) visit David Beckham and the Galaxy (1-1-1) in Saturday's 10:30 p.m. game at the Home Depot Center. In their inaugural MLS season, the Union were 1-3 overall and 0-3 on the road before their 3-1 loss in Los Angeles on May 1. The Union lost their first five MLS road games before beating Houston in late May. This season, the Union opened with a 1-0 win at Houston.
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.