Union (sports)

10 intriguing questions for the Union as they kick off the 2016 MLS season

The Union will embark on their 2016 season on Sunday against FC Dallas as fans prepare for yet another season of similar aspirations. With new Sporting Director Earnie Stewart leading the charge, will the Union finally make it back to the postseason? Here are 10 questions facing the Union for the...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 11:17pm

Philly Union will have retooled offense in 2016

As the Union continue to retool their roster before preseason starts, fans should prepare themselves for a much different look on the offensive side of the ball once play begins on Saturday.All signs point to the Union deploying a 4-3-3 formation, which typically has two forwards flanked on the...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 1:22am

Recent first-round picks have fallen flat for Philadelphia Union

The Union have a rough going in the first round. They hope to buck the trend when they select third and sixth overall in Thursday afternoon's MLS SuperDraft:2015: No selections2014: Pick No. 1, Andre Blake, Goalie – The Union sent the No. 2 overall selection and allocation money to D.C. United in...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 2:15pm

Upcoming MLS SuperDraft pivotal for rebuilding Union, Earnie Stewart

On Thursday, the Union begin their rebuild. Under the guidance of newly acquired Sporting Director, Earnie Stewart, the Union have a crucial day ahead of them at the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.The Union own both the third and sixth pick in the draft. For a team that finished 10-17-7 in 2015, there’s a lot...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 1:41pm

2015 season a complete disappointment for Philly Union

This wasn’t one of the nail-biting, down-to-the-wire Union seasons that fans have grown accustomed to the past few years. Even for the most casual Union fan, this season was a dreadful disaster. This was a season that ended with meaningless games and sparse crowds. This season was one to forget....

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 11:25pm

Philly Union waste another opportunity in heart-breaking Open Cup loss

The Union were left deflated and defeated on their home turf at PPL Park Wednesday in a 1-1 (7-6) loss on penalty kicks to Sporting Kansas City in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final.It was the second straight year the Union were defeated on their home field in the finals, and they could only watch...

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 1:37pm

Will Pope Francis' love for soccer rub off on Philly sports fans?

Pope Francis is visiting Philadelphia this weekend to bless the Union. Well, not really. But as an avid soccer fan, the Union would surely love to have the Holy Father in the stands next Wednesday for its Open Cup final match against Sporting Kansas City.His Holiness grew up a soccer fan at a young...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 1:09pm

Union can only worry about themselves as season winds down

The Union (8-14-6) can’t worry about the sixth-place Montreal Impact (9-11-4) this week. They can’t worry about the teams below them (Orlando City SC, New York City FC, Chicago Fire) in the standings right now. They can’t worry about the fact that they’ve fielded 31 different lineups this season...

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 1:28pm

Last place Union still alive for playoff spot

In terms of standings throughout the league, the Union are in last place. They have a record of just 7-14-10, tied for a league-worst 27 points. As everything seems to be pitted against them with seven matches remaining in the regular season, you wouldn’t be able to tell if you spoke to the players...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 11:50pm

Union just one point out of MLS playoff spot

For the first time since June 24th, the Union (7-13-6) held onto a one-goal lead in the waning minutes of the second half to grab a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact (8-10-4). It was the first time in franchise history the team had beaten Montreal on the road and their first win in their past six...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 11:20pm

Union must take advantage of upcoming opportunities to make playoffs

An all too familiar scene unfolded in the Union’s (6-13-6) 3-3 tie to the Chicago Fire (6-12-5) on Sunday. Taking a 3-2 lead off a Sebastien Le Toux goal in the 90thminute, the Union looked destined for their second win of the week against the Fire (who lost 1-0 this past Wednesday in the U.S. Open...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 9:30pm

Clock is ticking for Philly Union as push for MLS playoff spot continues

The Union (6-13-5) are running out of time to make a final playoff push this season and the club’s front office is doing all it can during this crucial time period to bolster the roster with some extra talent that can help get them there.In the span of two weeks, the Union have added Swiss...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 1:20pm

Metro exclusive Q&A: Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz responds to 'Sons of Ben,' other criticisms

The Philadelphia Union have had a bit of a turn-around in recent weeks after needing six matches in the MLS season to find their first win. From late June to mid-July, they went through a stretch of three games where they got seven points and they are now in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup....

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 10:35pm

Philly area soccer sensation Zach Pfeffer coming of age with Union

Sorry, Katy Perry, Zach Pfeffer’s no longer living a "Teenage Dream."Now a five-year pro at the ripe old age of 20, the kid from Upper Dublin, who did most of schoolwork at Upper Dublin High online and is still taking online classes at Penn State, has finally solidified himself at as an MLS...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 1:19pm

Philadelphia Union build toward consistency ahead of Portland Timbers game

The inconsistent roller coaster of a season continues for the Union, but at the moment they seem to be climbing back up the tracks and are hoping to avoid yet another steep drop in the Eastern Conference standings. The Union (5-10-4) knocked off the Western Conference's best team, the Seattle...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 2:46am

Union look to keep momentum going this weekend at home

The Union bounced back from a devastating loss in L.A. Saturday by defeating a brittle Seattle Sounders squad Wednesday night. Now after returning to their winning ways, the team look to do the same when the Montreal Impact come to town, with a playoff push in mind.The Impact return to PPL Park...

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 1:28am

DC United, Philadelphia Union looking like playoff contenders

For the first time this season the Philadelphia Union have won back-to-back games.Last weekend, the Union took it to the New York Red Bulls by a score of 2-0, behind goals byVincent Nogueira and C.J. Sapong.Back on May 17, the Union upset the first-place DC United 1-0 in front of a packed PPL Park...

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 5:23pm

Union, lifted by C.J. Sapong's return, just one point out of playoff spot

Amid anger and frustration from the Union fan base, the team has quietly strung together two-straight wins which has pushed them into seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings.The Union (3-7-3) topped the New York Red Bulls (4-2-5) 2-0 on the road Sunday forthe clubs first-ever win at Red...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 2:08pm

Philadelphia Union fans, Sons of Ben fed up with team's front office

The Union’s (2-7-3) 1-0 win over D.C. United (6-2-3) in stoppage time on Sunday was an afterthought to fans, especially the team’s most loyal supporters group – the Sons of Ben.The supporters organized a protest prior to the start of the match to voice their displeasure with team ownership,...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:34am

Philadelphia Union face yet another brutal test, this time vs. D.C. United

Sunday, May 17, the Philadelphia Union take on the daunting task of facing the Eastern Conference's best team in first place D.C. United.The Union piled on another loss last Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, bringing their dismal winless streak to five games.“I’ve never been a part of...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 2:20am