September 19, 2014 MOVING ON
Union put Open Cup loss behind them, concentrate on playoff push
The words the Philadelphia Union players and interim Manager Jim Curtin used to describe Tuesday’s Open Cup loss to Seattle were ones like “difficult,” “hard,” and “crushed.”
But after the crushing defeat – on the Union’s home field no less – Philadelphia still has a lot of soccer to play. A lot of soccer that could find the team back in Major League Soccer playoffs for the first time in a few seasons.
September 16, 2014 NO CUP THIS YEAR
Union fall to Sounders in extratime
CHESTER, Pa.-- A Clint Dempsey goal in the first overtime period was the edge the Seattle Sounders needed over the Philadelphia Union Tuesday night, as the visitors came from behind to win the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship, 3-1.
September 16, 2014 UNCHARTED TERRITORY
Union face seasoned Seattle in quest for first-ever trophy
The Seattle Sounders have been here before. In fact they find themselves in the same place they have been each of the last four years, in the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Philadelphia Union meanwhile are in uncharted territory, never having been in a position to win a trophy before. But they have a talisman, and it's not PPL Park.
September 13, 2014 WHATEVER IT TAKES
Union scrap their way to draw with Red Bulls
CHESTER, Penn.--The adage in baseball is, you win some, you lose some and sometimes it rains. In soccer you can also tie some.The Philadelphia Union had their winning streak stopped on Saturday, they had an hour and 24 minute rain delay but they managed to salvage a tie against the New York Red Bulls with a penalty kick in stoppage time.
September 13, 2014 DAMP DRAW
Union tie Red Bulls 2-2 at soggy PPL Park
CHESTER, Penn.---Neither a lengthy weather delay nor the New York Red Bulls could put a total damper on the Philadelphia Union, who extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a 2-2 tie at PPL Park Saturday.
September 13, 2014 DELAYED
Union-Red Bulls will start an hour later
CHESTER, Penn---Due to an unplayable field the start of the Philadelphia Union-New York Red Bulls game at PPL Park has been delayed one hour. The nationally televised game (NBC Sports) was schedule to kick off at 3:00 pm.
A team’s manager must think of how to handle their personnel with such a quick turnaround. But there are other questions to consider as well. Do you hope for a split and put players on the field accordingly? Or do you put your best team out for both and hope players’ legs aren’t tired?
September 5, 2014 LOSING IS NOT AN OPTION
Union determined to get a result in Toronto on Saturday
Members of the Philadelphia Union and Interim Manager Jim Curtin all agree: losing on Saturday is not an option. The Union head to Canada where they will play the second game in a home-and-home series against Toronto FC. The two squads faced off at PPL Park on Wednesday night, while Saturday’s contest will be at BMO Field (2 p.m. The Comcast Network).
September 3, 2014 RED HOT
Union top Toronto FC 1-0
CHESTER, Pa. – At the beginning of the season, being up a goal, up a man, and only minutes remaining in the contest would have spelled trouble for the Philadelphia Union. But the season, and the Union, have matured, and while the final 10 minutes of soccer at PPL Park on Wednesday weren’t their most commanding of the season, the Union protected the lead that Conor Casey gave them in the 56th minute and came away with a big 1-0 win over Toronto FC.