Nantes (France) (AFP) – American international midfielder Alejandro Bedoya will join Philadelphia Union in the MLS after leaving Nantes, the French club announced on Wednesday. “Alejandro Bedoya won’t be wearing Nantes colours this season. After three years… the US international has chosen to take a new direction in his career,” read a statement on the Ligue 1 side’s website. Bedoya, 29, arrived in France from Swedish outfit Helsingborgs in 2013 and scored 11 goals in 87 league appearances for Nantes.
Washington (AFP) – Richie Marquez scored on a volley in the first minute of second-half stoppage time to give the Philadelphia Union a 1-0 Major League Soccer victory over DC United. A perfect cross from the right side by French forward Sebastien Le Toux set up the right-footed shot by Marquez that produced the 23-year-old US defender’s first goal in 31 MLS contests. With the victory, the Union seized the lead in the MLS Eastern Conference at 5-3-3 for 18 points, one more than New York City FC. City can reclaim the top spot Saturday with a victory over the ... Read more
Photo credit: AFP New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira’s shock decision to omit Italian star Andrea Pirlo from his squad failed to pay off in a 2-0 Major League Soccer defeat to the Union in Philadelphia. Vieira on Saturday stressed that Pirlo wasn’t injured, and his absence was strictly a coach’s decision. “I’m just trying to choose the best team to win football matches, regarding the team we’re going to play against -– on how we can hurt them and how we can defend their strengths,” the former France star said. Vieira shook up his midfield, dropping Mix Diskerud, ... Read more
One Major League Soccer playoff appearance in their six season existence has left Philadelphia Union fans hungry for more, much more. Despite two consecutive runner-up performances in the US Open Cup, the Union have underachieved mightily since their first MLS game in 2010. From shaky goalkeepers to allegedly abusive managers, and even a stint from former US wunderkind-come-bust Freddy Adu, the Union have seen a lot in their short time. However, 2016 is shaping up to be different. Jim Curtin is in his second full season in charge of the team. The former defender has posted a win percentage of ... Read more
There are notable figures you may hear more about in 2016, but will they provide us with sufficient stacks of intrigue? In other words, are they supplying plot? Are there impending twists in their tale? We’ve picked out our 10 most intriguing men and women in US Soccer this year. (We left Jurgen Klinsmann off the list because the national team manager is intriguing by default; nothing new about 2016. Besides, he’s more “controversial” than “intriguing.” If we scratch out a “10 Most Controversial” list for the year, yeah, that man will be Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4.) They ... Read more
Some figures are obvious big influencers in American soccer. Men like Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan or Alexi Lalas (and, yes, even Jurgen Klinsmann), or women like Mia Hamm or Brandi Chastain, albeit perhaps for different reasons. But we’re going to have to add a name soon who isn’t quite so obvious. It’s Earnie Stewart, who was just named Philadelphia Union’s sporting director, a fancy way of saying he’ll be the man with the plan around PPL Park. And few MLS franchises have been in so desperate need of a larger, over reaching plan. Before we talk about what this means ... Read more
Philadelphia Union owner Jay Sugarman has sacked CEO Nick Sakiewicz just 24 hours after the MLS club lost on penalty kicks to Sporting Kansas City in the final of the 2015 US Open Cup. In a statement, Sakiewicz said “I enjoyed my time at the Philadelphia Union, and am proud of the team, the organization and the stadium that we built. “I wish the Union, Jay Sugarman and the entire organization the best of luck and continued success.” Under Sakiewicz, the team hasn’t won any silverware, and has lost a lot of the feel-good factor that the club had when they ... Read more
After a 1-1 scoreline at the end of regulation time, Sporting Kansas City had to go through extra time and penalty kicks in order to defeat the Philadelphia Union to be crowned the 2015 US Open Cup champions. Philadelphia Union forward Sebastien Le Toux scored the game’s opening goal in the 23rd minute. Sporting Kansas City forward Krisztian Nemeth equalized in the 65th minute and midfielder Jordi Quintillà scored the winning penalty kick in the eighth round of the shootout to give Sporting Kansas City a 7-6 win on penalty kicks and the club’s third Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. ... Read more