June 25, 2016 CAUSE FOR CONCERN
Suddenly porous defense leaves Union vulnerable
CHESTER, Pa. – For the first time this season, the Philadelphia Union walked off their home pitch without at least one point. It’s a walk to their locker room that they’re not comfortable with repeating, even though the streak was bound to be broken at some point.
June 25, 2016 CAPPED
Vancouver hands Union their first home loss of the season
CHESTER, Pa. – The streak was bound to be broken at some point. Andrew Jacobson, Kekuta Manneh and Christian Bolanos each scored as the Vancouver Whitecaps handed the Philadelphia Union their first home loss of the season, 3-2 before a crowd of 17,225 Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium.
June 22, 2016 ALL-BERG
Dutch midfielder scores three to lead Union past Fire
CHESTER, Pa.--- A great solo effort by Roland Alberg combined with a defensive performance they would rather forget was the story for the Philadelphia Union in a 4-3 win over Major League Soccer’s worst team, the Chicago Fire, Wednesday night at Talen Energy Stadium.
June 22, 2016 HONORING FRANK
Union unveil Bertucci plaque
CHESTER, Pa.,--- In a brief ceremony held in the press room before Wednesday’s game, the Philadelphia Union honored long time soccer writer Frank Bertucci, who passed away last year at the age of 68.
June 17, 2016 AU REVOIR
Nogueira leaves Union, returns to France
CHESTER, Pa. – One day after advancing in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, the Philadelphia Union received some bad news. Ultra-talented midfielder Vincent Nogueira and the club agreed to mutually terminate his contract. Due to personal health issues,
June 15, 2016 MOVING ON
Union advance with 3-2 Open Cup win over Harrisburg
CHESTER, Pa. – It was far from easy, but the Philadelphia Union managed to advance in the U.S. Open Cup. Roland Alberg scored twice and Walter Restrepo added one goal and the Union won their fourth round matchup 3-2 against the Harrisburg City Islanders before a sparse crowd Wednesday night at Talen Energy Stadium.
June 3, 2016 THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Rookies playing a major role in Union's success
CHESTER, Pa. – It can take a whole season, and sometimes longer, for young players to fully develop and grow in Major League Soccer. Entering the 2016 season, the Philadelphia Union realized they’d be extremely young. How long it would take for the rookies to improve was anyone’s guess.
June 1, 2016 INJURY REPORT
Union's Yaro out 2-3 weeks
Philadelphia Union defender Josh Yaro has been diagnosed with a torn right labrum and will be sidelined for 2-3 weeks, the team announced Wednesday.
May 25, 2016 WILD ONE
Union play Orlando City to 2-2 draw
ORLANDO--Tranquillo Barnetta and rookie Ken Tribbett scored one goal apiece and the Philadelphia Union earned a hard-nosed point in a 2-2 draw Wednesday night against Orlando City SC at Camping World Stadium.
May 20, 2016 IF YOU HAVE TO ASK
Curtin: ”It’s not a rivalry”
CHESTER, Pa.---Close proximity doesn’t start a rivalry. Marketing hype certainly doesn’t start a rivalry, but maybe a stoppage time game winning goal by a defender could spark the start of a rivalry.
May 19, 2016 REMATCH
Union to clash with Crystal Palace
CHESTER, Pa. -- The Philadelphia Union will host Crystal Palace in an international friendly at Talen Energy Stadium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, the team announced Thursday.
May 18, 2016 CAMEROON CALLUP
Union's Ayuk joining U-20 team
CHESTER, Pa. -- Philadelphia Union midfielder Eric Ayuk has been called up to the Cameroon U-20 national team for an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Zimbabwe on May 20, the Union announced Wednesday.
May 14, 2016 QUALITY RESULT
Union play Impact to 1-1 draw
MONTREAL--C.J. Sapong scored one goal and the Philadelphia Union overcame an early goal by Didier Drogba for a tough 1-1 draw in a steady rain against the Montreal Impact Saturday at Stade Saputo.
May 11, 2016 TOE-TO-TOE
Union hold their own against powerhouse Galaxy
CHESTER, Pa. – The new-look Philadelphia Union continue to impress. This young group, which consisted of three rookies finishing the match, battled the five-time MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy for 90 minutes to a hard-fought 2-2 draw.
May 10, 2016 A TEST AGAINST THE BEST
Union host surging Galaxy on Wednesday
CHESTER, Pa. – This may be the stiffest test yet. The Philadelphia Union have played some tough opponents thus far, but hosting the Los Angeles Galaxy Wednesday night at Talen Energy Stadium (7:00 pm, Comcast) will be an immense challenge.
April 23, 2016 TOP OF THE HEAP
Win over NYC lifts Union into top spot in MLS East
CHESTER, Pa. – As the blood continued to drip down Chris Pontius’ face, it was evident that he might have to be shut down for the rest of the match. Luckily, the Philadelphia Union training staff was able to get the nasty cut under control because Pontius scored a clutch first goal and played a stellar all-around match.
April 23, 2016 SHUTOUT AGAINST THE CITY
Union blank NYC FC 2-0
CHESTER, Pa. – Chris Pontius and C.J. Sapong each scored one goal and the defense took care of the rest in a 2-0 Philadelphia Union victory over New York City FC Saturday before a lively sellout crowd of 18,681 at Talen Energy Stadium.
April 22, 2016 NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
Union prepare to host NYC FC on Saturday
New York City FC spent a ton of money compiling its roster, but six weeks into the team's second season, it still hasn’t translated into success on the pitch. That being said, the club's plethora of talent will provide a huge challenge for the Philadelphia Union when they meet Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium (4pm, 6abc).
April 19, 2016 PROMISING DEBUT
Rookie defender Yaro holds his own against Sounders
Joshua Yaro was selected No. 2 overall by the Philadelphia Union in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, but hadn’t been selected to the final 18 through the first five league matches. It finally happened in the sixth match, which wound up being a hard-fought 2-1 loss last Saturday night at Seattle Sounders FC
April 14, 2016 DOWN BUT FAR FROM OUT
Union respectful of struggling Sounders
Forget the record. Seattle Sounders FC is off to a less-than-stellar 1-3-1 start (four points) this season as they prepare to host the Philadelphia Union (3-2-0, nine points) in their only meeting Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET at CenturyLink Field (Comcast).
April 8, 2016 "IT'S A NEW UNION"
Philly's confidence growing as season progresses
CHESTER, Pa. – Tranquillo Barnetta has lined up for a free kick from 30 yards out in training on countless occasions with a wall of defenders blocking his path. The ball rarely goes in. When it counted most, Friday in the 90th minute against a quality opponent, Barnetta came up clutch and converted.
April 2, 2016 COMING UP SHORT
Union win streak snapped by Fire
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The ball was fluttering through the wind. It got so bad that many corner kicks ended up being taps because of the blustery conditions. With the wind chill, the temperature hovered in the low ‘20s. Some would say it’s a typical Major League Soccer match in early April, especially at the Chicago Fire's Toyota Park.
April 2, 2016 SEEING RED
Creavalle ejected, Union lose 1-0 to Chicago Fire
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--Kennedy Igboananike’s goal in the 51st minute was all the offense the Chicago Fire needed as they registered their first victory of the season with a 1-0 win over the visiting Philadelphia Union on a windy and snowy Saturday at Toyota Park.
March 30, 2016
Rookie Rosenberry making a place for himself with Union
The last few months have been a whirlwind for Keegan Rosenberry. It started at the MLS SuperDraft, when the Philadelphia Union selected the former Georgetown standout defender with the No. 3 overall pick. From there, Rosenberry stamped his place on the club and has been rewarded with three starts in the Union’s surprising 2-1-0 opening this season.
March 30, 2016 FAN BOARD
Union supporters set regular meetings at stadium
CHESTER, Pa. -- Philadelphia Union will launch a Fan Advisory Board that will begin regularly scheduled meetings in June, the team announced Wednesday. The board will consist of 15-20 members and meet throughout the year at Talen Energy Stadium. Applications will be available at PhiladelphiaUnion.com and must be submitted by April 13.
March 20, 2016 TWO IN A ROW
Union win another, blank Revs 3-0
CHESTER, Pa. – C.J. Sapong scored two goals and Sebastien Le Toux added a late goal leading the Philadelphia Union to their second straight victory, a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution Sunday afternoon before an announced crowd of 17,027 at Talen Energy Stadium.
March 6, 2016 SCHOOLED
Union take loss to FCD as a learning experience
In preparation for a season-opening match at FC Dallas, the Philadelphia Union coaching staff emphasized how vital it would be to get off to a strong start. The Union never got started at all -- definitely not the ideal way open the season.
February 23, 2016 SLOWED MO
Recovering Edu unlikely to be ready for Union opener against FC Dallas
As the regular season opener inches closer, it looks as if Philadelphia Union captain Maurice Edu will be on the sidelines. While head coach Jim Curtin didn’t officially rule Edu out for the opener on March 6 at FC Dallas during his weekly conference call on Wednesday, the prognosis sounded very doubtful.
February 23, 2016 CLASS SIGNING
Missimo inks with Union
CHESTER, Pa. -- The Philadelphia Union have signed midfielder Cole Missimo, the team announced Tuesday. Missimo was selected with the No. 64 overall selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft and will become the fifth member of the draft class to join the Union.
February 20, 2016 TWO-TIMERS
Union edge Rowdies in Suncoast Invitational
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Union improved to 2-0-0 in the Suncoast Invitational with a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday night. Defender Ken Tribbett headed in Ilsinho’s corner in the 17th minute and Leo Fernandes finished an Ilsinho assist in the 29th minute.
February 19, 2016 EARNING A PLACE
Union signs draft choice Washington
CHESTER, Pa. -- The Philadelphia Union has signed defender Taylor Washington, the team announced Friday. Selected with the No. 23 overall selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, Washington becomes the fourth member of the draft class to join the Union.
February 17, 2016 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ACTION
Union ties D.C. United in Suncoast Invitational
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Philadelphia Union midfielder Chris Pontius made his first appearance count against D.C. United, his former club, Wednesday. Pontius helped set up the Union’s goal in the first half, then was whistled for a penalty in the second half of a 1-1 tie in the Suncoast Invitational.
February 6, 2016 LOTS IN RESERVE
Union falls to Armada in preseason opener
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Union opened preseason with a 1-0 loss to the Jacksonville Armada FC at Community First Park at The Baseball Grounds Saturday night. The Union used 31 players, each receiving at least a half hour of playing time.
February 3, 2016 ON SCHEDULE
Edu's rehab on track for 2016 season
Maurice Edu struggled in more ways than one down the stretch last season. In addition to all his team's losses – 17 of them, to be exact – the Philadelphia Union center back and captain was dealing with pain from a sports hernia. Edu had surgery in October and is still on the mend.
McDermott, the Philadelphia Union’s new Chief Business Officer, will have responsibility for overseeing the club’s business operations and working closely with their USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC, and the Philadelphia Union Academy.
January 29, 2016 SHAPING UP
Union begin rigorous preseason
After finishing 10-17-7 and missing the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons, the Philadelphia Union clearly needed to make changes. That they’ve done.