Union impress English opponents in defeat

Reprinted from Goal.com, July 19, 2012

CHESTER, Pa. – Taken as a litmus test for a young team, the Philadelphia Union showed enough quality in Wednesday night’s 1-0 friendly loss at the hands of visiting Aston Villa to discount the disappointing result.

“You can tell they’re a good side,” said new Villagers manager Paul Lambert, less than two months into his tenure in claret and blue after three years at Norwich City. “For us, it was a really tough game. That was some really good football from them.” Continue reading

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Aston Villa trip to Philly marks homecoming for US players

Reprinted from Goal.com, July 19, 2012

CHESTER, Pa. – Aston Villa’s offseason trip across the United States got off to a positive start as it churned out a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union in a friendly at PPL Park on Wednesday evening.

The Birmingham-based outfit, looking to rebound from a disappointing campaign in which it finished a mere two points shy of relegation, impressed new manager Paul Lambert with hustle and competitiveness. Scotsman Lambert took the helm from the deposed Alex McLeish on June 2, after guiding Norwich City to promotion from League One to the Premier League in just two seasons. Continue reading

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Reebok Breakout Challenge highlights stars of tomorrow

Reprinted from WHYY Newsworks, July 16, 2012ImagePhoto via Bas Slabbers/WHYY Newsworks

Amidst the doldrums of the NBA’s off-season, 135 of the best high school players in the country gathered Thursday to turn Philadelphia University into the apex of the basketball universe.

At Reebok’s Breakout Challenge, hosted in East Falls for the fifth time, the top non-seniors from across the United States competed in training sessions and games in front of coaches, scouts, and a few Reebok-branded NBA stars. Continue reading

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Sporting KC exacts revenge against Union, advances to title game

Reprinted from Goal.com, July 11, 2012

CHESTER, Pa. – Sporting Kansas City advanced to — and will host — the U.S. Open Cup final after beating the Philadelphia Union 2-0 in PPL Park Wednesday night. 

Jacob Peterson’s 64th minute goal was all the visitors needed as they won a spot against the Seattle Sounders. Midfielder Graham Zusi tacked on one more just before the final whistle to squash any hopes of a miraculous comeback. Continue reading

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Jack McInerney leads rout of Sporting Kansas City

Reprinted from Goal.com, June 23, 2012

CHESTER, Pa. – Well, that’s one way to repay the faith of a new coach.

Jack McInerney, making his second consecutive start under interim coach John Hackworth, netted a first-half brace in leading the Union to a 4-0 home victory over Sporting Kansas City, second in the East.

“Two starts and two goals – where I am right now, it just feels good,” said the hero of the evening, who hadn’t started under previous boss Peter Nowak this season. Continue reading

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New manager John Hackworth oversees promising turnaround despite loss

Reprinted from Goal.com, June 17, 2012

CHESTER, Pa. — Returning from the three-week U.S. Open Cup and international layoff a much more dangerous-looking team than they entered it, the Philadelphia Union’s winless streak was nonetheless extended to six MLS matches. They found themselves on the wrong side of a 1-0 defeat by the visiting D.C. United on Saturday evening.

“This is a cruel game, and it’s feeling very cruel right now,” said Union interim coach John Hackworth. “I don’t think we deserved to lose this game.” Continue reading

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Raul says “Adios” to Europe from Philadelphia

Reprinted from Goal.com, May 9, 2012

CHESTER, Pa. – FC Schalke 04 played its first American friendly in 49 years and in the process said goodbye to goalscorer extraordinaire Raul.

Raul, the Spanish titan who set the Champions League record for goals and appearances during an illustrious 18 years with Real Madrid, started in the Bundesliga club’s 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Wednesday night. Continue reading

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