July 25, 2014 PROVING GROUND
Andre Blake gets a chance to impress against Crystal Palace
CHESTER, Pa. – All season long, Andre Blake has been sitting on the Philadelphia Union bench waiting for an opportunity to show his stuff. Besides a couple of starts in U.S. Open Cup games and appearances in exhibition contests, the former number one pick hasn’t been able to show all he can do between the pipes. He got a chance in Friday’s international friendly with Crystal Palace, and came up big with six saves.
July 25, 2014 SMALL DIFFERENCE
With own goal, Union fall to Crystal Palace
CHESTER, Pa. – On a bye week that saw the Philadelphia Union off from training on Monday and Tuesday, a first-half own goal was the difference, as the Union dropped its international friendly with Crystal Palace, 1-0, at PPL Park.
July 23, 2014 NO HOLDING BACK
Healthy Le Toux making his mark on the Union
You don’t have to watch the Philadelphia Union play soccer for a full 90 minutes to see Sebastien Le Toux is all over the field. Give him five, ten, maybe fifteen minutes, and the impact the 30-year old midfielder has for Philadelphia will become quite apparent.
July 19, 2014 HISTORY REPEATS
Late Le Toux pk saves the day for the Union
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.—For the second time in as many games, Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares committed a late penalty. And for the second time in the same span, the Philadelphia Union’s Sebastien LeToux slotted home a penalty kick in stoppage time. On Saturday, the result was a 1-1 draw in front of 17,460 infuriated fans at Toyota Park.
July 16, 2014 CRANKING IT UP
Union hit their stride against Red Bulls
CHESTER, Pa. – You could hear the music vibrating in the Philadelphia Union’s locker room from down the hall. It was a decidedly different mood for the Union players after Wednesday’s 3-1 win over rival New York Red Bulls, and the music represented a sigh of relief of sorts for Philadelphia.
But this time the Union got the result they wanted at home, defeating rival New York Red Bulls, 3-1, Wednesday night. The result was a much needed victory at home against an Eastern Conference opponent, one that greatly helps Philadelphia's chances of making the playoffs.
July 16, 2014 OVERDUE
Union need home points – starting Wednesday against Red Bulls
Jim Curtin knows you are supposed to take it one game at a time. Focus on the task at hand- the 90 minutes in front of your side- and not look ahead to upcoming contests.
The Interim Manager for the Philadelphia Union also knows the critical importance of Wednesday’s clash at home against the New York Red Bulls (7 p.m. ESPN2).
July 15, 2014 CURTIN RAISER ON HENRY
Philly coach: 'As he goes, New York goes'
During his Tuesday afternoon press conference,, Philadelphia Union interim head coach Jim Curtin did not leave anything his counterpart, Mike Petke, to put up on his locker room wall before the Red Bulls tussle with his team Wednesday night at PPL Park.
July 12, 2014 SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER
Union can’t close out the game against Rapids
CHESTER, Pa. - A cleat to the face was the difference for the Philadelphia Union Saturday night. Before the infraction by midfielder Michael Lahoud late in the second half against the Colorado Rapids, the Union were up two goals. Afterwards, it was all knotted up. The 3-3 draw became final, as the Union held on for the point at PPL Park.
July 12, 2014 INTERNATIONAL LOANER
Union acquire Jamaica's Brian Brown
CHESTER, Penn.–Its not exactly a major summer signing, but the Philadelphia Union has acquired Jamaican international Brian Brown on loan from Harbour View FC for the remainder of the Major League Soccer season.
July 11, 2014 STARTING TO CLICK
Team chemistry a major factor in Union’s success
For the Philadelphia Union right now it is all about chemistry.
As in, they have it, and are reaping the benefits. This newfound chemistry is going to have to continue if Philadelphia is to make a playoff push. And the push starts Saturday, when the Colorado Rapids come to town (7 p.m., 6abc).
July 4, 2014 BAD NIGHT IN THE BIG D
Own goal, red card doom Union against FC Dallas
FRISCO, Texas-- With the Philadelphia Union’s recent success and great play on the road this season, earning three points in Dallas didn’t seem out of the realm of possibility. But on Friday night, a goal in each half for FC Dallas got the best of the Union, as Philadelphia fell, 2-1, snapping the squad’s three-game win streak.
July 3, 2014 COMPETITIVE NATURE
Evolving Union lineup takes to the road against FC Dallas
Lately, the Philadelphia Union have been playing some of their best soccer on the road. The winners of three of their last four away from PPL Park, and currently on a three-game win streak (including two Open Cup matches), the Union look to continue their winning ways under Interim Manager Jim Curtin Friday against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium (9 pm, The Comcast Network.