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Archives: Philadelphia Union

New Coaches and Same Results for MLS Teams

Posted on by Robert Hay

For Toronto and Philadelphia, the “international break” was an opportunity for renewal and revival.  Both teams had miserable starts to the season but both still were in shouting distance of fifth place in the Eastern Conference.  For the Union, the … Continue reading

Long Since Time For Nowak To Go

Posted on by Earl Reed

Relationships are tough. The wide range of emotions that flood one’s psyche can cloud the senses and make things seem better (or worse) than they really are. Remorse, nostalgia, jealousy, betrayal, lust – well on a soccer blog, that last … Continue reading

Philadelphia Wins In Rainy U.S. Open Cup Affair

Posted on by Earl Reed

The new-look U.S. Open Cup saw most of the American-based Major League Soccer clubs in action on Tuesday evening. At PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union rode two goals from Freddy Adu to outmatch the visiting USL-Pro side Rochester Rhinos, 3-0. … Continue reading

Union’s Old Guard Dwindles To None With Califf Trade

Posted on by Earl Reed

Mwanga. McInerney. Torres. Okugo. Williams. What do these names have in common? Besides all being under the age of 23, as of today they are the only remnants of the inaugural 2010 Philadelphia Union season. The Union continued with their … Continue reading

Red Bulls Get First Win At PPL Park

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein

This is a series that has been topsy-turvy over the course of the 2+ years of existence. This is why you have to be ready for a match like this. This is why you expect something this screwy to go … Continue reading

Penalty Yields Union First Victory, 1-0

Posted on by Earl Reed

After a month without a win to start the 2012 season, Peter Nowak’s squad took full advantage of a first half penalty to overcome the visiting Columbus Crew, 1-0. Gabriel Gomez scored the lone goal, his second in Union colors. … Continue reading

Zéro-Zéro: Return Of Le Toux Leads To Goalless Draw

Posted on by Earl Reed

Sebastien Le Toux came back to Philadelphia on Saturday as expected to face his former club. To the relief of Union fans, the defense they saw in 2011 also reappeared, earning the home team their first point of the 2012 … Continue reading

Philadelphia Loses Home Opener 2-1 To 10-Man Rapids

Posted on by Earl Reed

The Colorado Rapids found more success against the Eastern Conference on Sunday, as the Union squandered a half-hour man advantage to fall 2-1. After Jeff Larentowicz was sent off after a second yellow card, the Rapids were able to beat … Continue reading

Tactically Speaking: POR 3:1 PHI

Posted on by Earl Reed

The first ESPN2 match of the season turned out to be a rainy affair from Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, as the Timbers overcame an early second half deficit to put away the Philadelphia Union, 3-1. The hosts began in a … Continue reading

MLS ’12 Preview – Philadelphia Union

Posted on by Earl Reed

Team: Philadelphia Union Coach: Piotr Nowak Last Season: 11 – 8 – 15 = 48 points, 3rd Place Eastern, 8th Overall Twitter Hashtag: #DOOP The Sons of Ben certainly couldn’t have imagined an offseason quite like this. The Philadelphia Union … Continue reading

Le Toux, Mondragón Departures Signal Youth Movement In Philly

Posted on by Earl Reed

- SCROLL FOR UPDATES -  Just when you thought the Philadelphia Union had acquired some key pieces to supplement last year’s playoff team, two unexpected roster moves have left Union fans with questions galore heading into the 2012 season. This … Continue reading

What is the ceiling for Philly? Three Questions on the Union

Posted on by Robert Hay

In their second year in MLS, the Philadelphia Union surprised the league by combining unbreakable defense with timely scoring.  Philly was in the top three of the East most of the season before slipping a bit at the end of … Continue reading

Conference Finals Set As First Leg Victors Hold Serve

Posted on by Earl Reed

An interesting thing happened in the four Conference Semifinal showdowns: the team winning the first leg fended off their foes’ stout challenges and advanced. Additionally, the higher seed went 3 out of 4 in the Semifinal round, leaving the top … Continue reading

Tactics Talk: About That Five…

Posted on by Earl Reed

There have been some raised eyebrows across the Major League Soccer punditry about Peter Nowak and his choice of formation to begin the Eastern Conference Semifinal First Leg. The iconic manager of the Philadelphia Union pulled a tactical rabbit out … Continue reading

Dynamo Leaves Philly With The Upper Hand

Posted on by Earl Reed

The Houston Dynamo took advantage of two defensive lapses in the first half, then relied on goalkeeper Tally Hall to edge the Philadelphia Union in the first leg of their MLS Cup Quarterfinal series 2-1. Philadelphia began the match with … Continue reading

Union Perspective: Managing Expectations In Sophomore Season

Posted on by Earl Reed

It’s tough to believe we’ve reached the end of the 2011 season already. Seems like yesterday that Robert, Daniel, Kristan and I were hashing out who would be previewing which teams. I wanted to preview the local Philadelphia Union, and … Continue reading

With Thin Squad, Union Fans Hoping For Upgrades

Posted on by Earl Reed

For a second year club, the Philadelphia Union have made huge strides in improving their squad. Most Major League Soccer prognosticators considered them a mid-finisher in the Eastern Conference, just missing out on the MLS Cup playoffs. Two key acquisitions … Continue reading

Philadelphia 3-2 Chivas USA: Paunovic Settles Into Nowak’s System

Posted on by Earl Reed

The Philadelphia Union had gone nearly a month since their previous victory. The home side overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Chivas USA 3-2. For the second match in a row, manager Peter Nowak fielded a combination 4-1-4-1/4-1-3-2 shape, with … Continue reading