Philadelphia Union eliminated from U.S. Open Cup after giving up one of the worst goals in franchise history
Jun 13, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT
The Philadelphia Union are no longer playing in the U.S. Open Cup (no, not that golf tournament going on in Merion right now; the 100-year-old knockout soccer tournament that takes place during the MLS season). To see why the Philadelphia Union are no longer playing in the U.S. Open Cup, go to the 0:52 mark…
Sheanon Williams scores beautiful goal that lands him on SportsCenter, decides random fan deserves a hug
Jun 6, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
If you watch the video above, you’ll not only see Sheanon Williams score a sensational goal last night but you’ll also see the Union defender make a beeline to the stands to share a warm embrace with one or two very excited fans. Seems like that must have been an emotional moment for Williams, getting…
Jun 6, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT
Wednesday night was a tough one for local soccer haters after the Union’s offense exploded for three goals in their victory over the Columbus Crew down at PPL Park in Chester (more here). It was a picturesque evening for some footie on the river. The first goal from Brian Carroll was a fairly routine rip…
Jun 5, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT
So the weather today is just about the most perfect thing ever, amirite? If you’re already at work, start coughing now. Or just “grab a coffee” and get the hell out of there. If you’re not at work yet, DON’T DO IT! For the first time in a while, you can walk up to Citizens…
Philadelphia Union Player Doesn’t Know How to Proceed with Life After Sunday’s Wild ‘Game of Thrones’
Jun 4, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT
Sunday night’s wild penultimate episode of Game of Thrones’ third season elicited some intense reactions from its millions of adoring fans. What a twist! Here are a couple dozen gallons of blood for you to enjoy! Hot Clicks posted the below video roundup of people reacting to the crazy ending — WARNING SPOILERS DON’T WATCH…
Philadelphia Union players, coaches thrilled to see openly gay soccer player Robbie Rogers return to MLS
May 31, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT
CHESTER, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union were in Florida for the preseason three months ago when former US national team player Robbie Rogers wrote a blog post in which he simultaneously revealed he was gay while retiring from professional soccer. Then, came the overwhelming support. In large numbers, it seemed, athletes took to social media…
May 28, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT
One of the most confusing things for new soccer fans to understand are that teams cam play in multiple competitions at once. In England, for example, teams like Chelsea and Manchester United can take part in four different competitions at once. There’s the English Premier League — which is structured just as you might think.…
May 25, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT
While you trade in your usual Memorial Day Weekend swim trunks and beer for a hoodie and hot chocolate (seriously, WTH?), you might want to ignore the Phillies for one night (because you know you’ll just be annoyed anyway). The Union travel to Montreal (7 p.m., The Comcast Network) to face a team just ahead…
Union CEO on New York City expansion team: “The best thing about it is now we have another team to dislike”
May 23, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT
CHESTER, Pa. – My esteemed 700 Level colleague Steve Moore has already written a good breakdown of what Tuesday’s monumental announcement of a new expansion MLS franchise in New York City will mean for American soccer. I’m just here to follow in his footsteps and provide a little actual reporting on the subject. And by…
May 22, 2013, 7:39 AM EDT
I had originally planned something for today about the Union’s 1-0 victory last weekend and HUGE game in Montreal this coming weekend. But that can wait a day or two. Today’s big Major League Soccer news is all about New York — because when are things not about New York? The league announced Tuesday that…
May 19, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT
Philadelphia Union scoring machine Jack McInerney found the back of the net yet again on Saturday at PPL Park in the team’s victory over the Chicago Fire. Jack Mac got the U on the board in just the third minute of play on a nice cross from Sebastien Le Toux which McInerney did a nifty…
May 15, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT
In my season preview, I said this about Zac MacMath: It’s put up or shut up time for MacMath. … MacMath is immensely talented and amazingly athletic, but from where I sit, it’s time for the 21-year-old, former first-round pick to put the team on his back and win a few games on his own…
May 15, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT
Landon Donovan and Jack McInerney don’t know each other personally. But Donovan is certainly paying attention to what McInerney is doing this season. On Tuesday afternoon, Donovan and his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates trained at PPL Park, a day ahead of their much-anticipated clash with the Union tonight at 7:30 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet). And I…
May 11, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT
It most certainly was not the prettiest of victories for the Union in Chicago this afternoon but they are the side to come away with three points. That was thanks in gigantic part to the stellar goalie work of Zac MacMath who was tested over and over on Saturday. They certainly had some luck on…
May 11, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT
Much of the fan discussion in pro sports revolves around money. Who makes the most money, who is underpaid, who is overpaid, who has a terrible contract. On WIP the other night, an entire Phillies discussion revolved around how many Phillies players were “outperforming their contract” (just one: Kyle Kendrick) and how many were “overpaid”…
May 10, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT
It was beautiful. It inspired gasps. It appeared on highlight shows in Europe, where fans were exposed to the blue and gold of a team called “Philadelphia Union.” It was one goal in a meaningless friendly. And it has somehow earned Michael Farfan a nearly two-year free pass from Union fans. That YouTube video alone…
May 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT
CHESTER, Pa. – Imagine you’re living with someone who doesn’t treat you how you think you deserve to be treated. So you tell this person you want to leave. And this person, though a little bit surprised, doesn’t want to change and decides to help you look for a new place to live. Now imagine…
May 4, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT
Much of the fan frustration in the Union so far this season — especially without Freddy Adu to kick around anymore — has been directed at midfielder Danny Cruz.
May 2, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT
CHESTER, Pa. – After the third consecutive question about the Brazilian World Cup winner was fired at him, Philadelphia Union manager John Hackworth paused and gave a nervous smile.
“This is a lot more Kléberson than I thought there’d be in this press conference,” he said.
He probably should have seen it coming.
May 1, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT
In a story that won’t get much attention on SportsCenter (but should), the Timbers and their fans — the Timbers Army — made an 8-year-old boy’s dream come true on Wednesday.
Apr 29, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT
For whatever reason, there seems to be a trend of local newscasts bringing in celebrities or athletes to jump in during the weather forecast portion of the show to try and generate a few yucks while also getting a free plug for their movie/game/whatever. Mark Wahlberg was actually decent recently while in Philly. Because basically he attempted to make a fool of himself and all involved. But goal-scoring machine for the Philadelphia Union, Jack McInerney, was not trained in Hollywood. He’s trained on the soccer field. So when he appeared on CBS today to deliver the weather, it did not go as smoothly.
Apr 26, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT
I’ve been playing soccer since I was a little kid, and watching it on TV for more than a decade at this point. But aside from one U.S. National Team game in 2009 at the Linc, I didn’t start watching soccer (not counting high school or college soccer) in person until the Union’s first home game — also at the Linc — in 2010.
After just a few games, I quickly learned how much there is to actually watch when you can see outside the boundaries of the TV screen.
So, on occasion here at The Level, I’ll try to showcase something that the average fan might not have noticed “Between the Lines.”
Apr 25, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT
As soon as reporters began to crowd around Philadelphia Union striker Jack McInerney’s locker in the bowels of creaky RFK Stadium on Sunday night, the catcalls began.
“Hey, Chicharito!” “Jackarito!” “From Golden Boy to Golden Boot!”
Apr 23, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT
Jack McInerney continuing his scoring tear on Sunday earned him a spot on the Top 3 MLS Performers for Week 8. I commented on Sunday about the sheer awesomeness of how cool and collected Jack Mac looked while scoring his first goal. That kind of poise seems pretty rare when a Union player gets the ball around the net. 20-years-old Jack Mac hopes to change all that. This kid has been fun to watch. Let’s hope it continues all season.
Apr 18, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT
It’s no great secret that the Union – a team which sold out nearly every game at PPL Park during its first few seasons – has a few more empty seats so far this spring. So, STAR WARS THEME NIGHT!
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