Philadelphia Union v. Houston Dynamo

Union Find Their Offense In 3 -1 Win Over Houston

Chester, Pa – The Union have solved their scoring drought for one game at least. Philadelphia were winless and hadn’t score more than a goal since July 29th. Tonight they found a way to score three goals against a strong Houston team. Manager John Hackworth shook up the line-up again, starting five different players from the last game on Thursday. The Union were determinded to get a result today as it was their second to last home stand in Philadelphia.

The Union attacked early and often to start the match. Philadelphia knew coming in that Houston would be up for a dog fight as they continue to push for a playoff berth. Also, Philly had not had favorable results against Houston as of late, coming into the game today with three losses dating back to last season against the Dynamo when they knocked the Union out of the playoffs.

Philadelphia, looking for their first win since July 29th, were hungry to end the drought.  Hackworth started under utilized Josue Martinez up top with Freddy Adu and Danny Cruz, who making deep runs in support. Adu’s early presence and hard work paid off when he took a deflected ball off the touchline and worked it just outside the 6-yard box. He blasted a low shot into the back of net to put the home side up 1- 0 in the 28th minute.

Houston battled back seconds before the half and caught Philly’s solid back-line off guard when Oscar Boniek García took a flick-on into the box. He took a quick touch in the box and slammed his shot off the far back post, tying the game at 1-1. The Union and their fans were in shock. The Philadelphia defense had played very well up until that point and keeper Zac MacMath did now have much work to do until the goal.  Philadelphia and Houston went into the break all tied at 1-1. As the players left the pitch, the Union full-backs were seen talking about the goal and addressing it right away. Hackwork said after the match that he really didn’t need to address this issue as he saw and heard the players speaking about it.

The Union came out in the 2nd half with even more energy than they had to start the match. The Union were all in to get the 3-points.  Philly pushed numerous players up on the attack. During a Union corner kick in the 50th minute, full-back Sheanon Williams was pulled down in the box and the Union were awarded a penalty kick. Stepping up to take the kick was Freddy Adu. Adu sent his shot high and to the left, well out of Houston’s Tally Hall’s reach. This put the Union up 2-1. Right after the kick, Adu came to the sideline and seemed hurt.  Later, we were told Adu hurt his hip during the PK. Philly was then forced to use its first sub and brought on Keon Daniel to replace Adu.

Keon Daniel’s night only lasted 9 minutes as he took a knock and was forced out of the game as well. Hackworth was forced to use another sub and brought on his spark-plug forward Antoine Hoppenot. Hoppenot, the surprise rookie for the Union, inserted his work ethic right away. He was a factor for the remainder of the match, as it seems he is best fit as a sub to trouble the tired legs of opposing defenses.

The Union, looking hard to ice the game, found a goal in the 70th minute from Josue Martinez as he put away a deflected Amobi Okugo shot to put 3-1 to Philadelphia. Okugo’s delfected shot came from a cleared corner kick by the Houston defense.

Philadelphia held on tight fot the next 20 mintues as Houston never seemed to even threaten for the rest of the game. The Union picked up their first win and first goal from a forward since July 29th. The team’s next two matches are on the road as they face Columbus next Saturday Sept. 29th and wrap up with a mid-week stop in Chicago on Oct. 3.

Philadelphia’s next home match is Oct. 6 as the Union will host New England. Also, all fans in attendance this afternoon can go to Great Clips within the week for a free haircut since the Union scored 3 goals.

Philadelphia Union v. Houston Dynamo – Highlights

– Charlie Flowe (@‏DJFlowe)

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Philadelphia Union v. DC United

The Union’s Winless Streak Extends To Eight Games

Chester, Pa- The Philadelphia Union were dropped 1-0 by I-95 rivals DC United. The Union continue to struggle up front. Philadelphia controlled nearly 60% of the possession but just couldn’t find the back of the net. Being shut out and/or losing one goal games in which they dominate seems to be a recurring theme in 2012. John Hackworth hasn’t thrown in the towel, he is trying to mix up his line-up, but the end results seem to be the same. Tonight Hack started his two spark-plug strikers Antonie Hoppenot and Jack McInerney hoping this would end the scoring drought for Union strikers. Coming into the match a Philadelphia forward has not scored a goal since July 29th, a game in which McInerney scored. Ironically it was also the last time the Union won.

The lone goal in the game came from a wide open Lionard Pajoy in the 67th minute. Pajoy collected a cross from Maicon Santos at the penalty spot, trapped the ball and slammed it into the back of net. Pajoy was traded from the Union to DC United a month ago for midfielder Danny Cruz, it always seems in the world of sports that an unwanted player gets the last laugh against his former team. The unwanted forward in Philly has tasted some glory in DC’s system. The win is huge for DC as they are fighting for a playoff spot, and it looks a lot brighter for them now since Sporting KC beat New York last night 2-0. Speaking with DC keeper Bill Hamid tonight he said that Philly really brought it hard to him but he was able to stay sharp and make the key saves when needed. The Union put 4 close shots on goal and one from long range and Hamid covered them all. Hamid has been tipped by some as the future keeper for the US National team.

The only bright side for the Philadelphia Union is the quick turn around as they host the Houston Dynamo this Sunday at 4 PM at PPL Park. Speaking with several Union players after the match they agreed when you have a bad match it is key to get some training in and get right back on the field. This is also the time of the year that you have guys fighting for jobs so look for the Union to mix it up on Sunday. A player to watch is Danny Cruz as he was traded from Houston to DC in the off-season. He said he is really looking forward to this match and can’t wait to play Sunday.

Philadelphia Union v. DC United – Highlights

– Charlie Flowe (@‏DJFlowe)

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Philadelphia Union v. Toronto FC

Toronto, ON-  The Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC played to a 1-1 draw. Both teams are pretty much out of the playoff picture, but the players were playing for their jobs and pride.  The teams squared off in a very physical game that saw 32 fouls called and a lot of trash talking after the whistle. When two teams that are at bottom of the table and face each other there is always tons of built up anger from a season that just isn’t going as planned. Toronto only picked up its first points on the year after 9 games, and it happened back in the late spring when TFC beat the Union 1 -0. It also happened to be the last time the Union were coached by Peter Nowak.

The Union looking to get a result on the road for the third straight game; they came into the match with a lot energy after a lengthty International break. The Union haven’t played a league match since Sept 1 when they tied the Revs 0-0 in New England. Toronto looked to have control of the game as they scored a 58th minute goal from Eric Hassli. The play was set up with a long ball played into the Union’s half. Upon further review  it appeared Toronto FC was offsides. But the play stood and Toronto scored. TFC seemed to be happy with the slim lead and decided to park the bus the rest of the way on.

The Union did not want to leave Toronto pointless in two matches. Philadelphia made a late and final substitution by bringing on Roger Torres, he added a spark to the team and inserted himself into the action right away. Just when all hope seemed lost Sheanon Williams left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal found the back of the net. The goal was set up in the 85th minute from a Antoine Hoppenot cross.

Philadelphia who remain winless since July look to rebound this Thursday night as they host I-95 rivals D.C. United. The game should be a battle as there is no love lost between the two teams.

Philadelphia Union v. Toronto FC – Highlights

– Charlie Flowe (@‏DJFlowe)

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State Of 133

Hello All – As some of you may now there is quite a number of people that sit in front of the away support in 133 that will not be renewing their seats in 133.  From our understanding there is also a solid number of people that will not be renewing throughout the section.  Some people are not renewing because of prices, some because of their anger at the team and then there are some not renewing in 133 due to our inability to fill a few of the upper rows consolidating the IllegitimateS.  Filling the last 3-5 rows was important for a few reasons 1)  It would have absorbed more of the season ticket increase in 133 and 2) It would have all but ensured the sections ability to stand for 90 minutes during Union home matches.  Unfortunately, we were not able to fill these rows.

What Does This Mean For You?

1)  The ability to stand and cheer when your team does something worth cheering for will never go away.  However, the ability to stand and cheer for the Union for 90 minutes is VERY likely to go away.   So, why is this the case?  Well, there are going to be a large number single season tickets sold in this area.  They already do this now at the top and they will continue to fill our seats with other youth soccer groups and game day ticket sales, especially during games where there is not a lot of away support.  This means that if you are in the middle or the bottom of the section you will be forced to sit down if there is a group of people that are unable to see the game.  This WILL be enforced by security.  Regardless of how you feel about this, it is going to be the reality next season.

2)  Since myself, Jeff and Nick are leaving the section, the FO does not have the contact with the group it once did.  Meaning security is more likely to be a little less tolerant than they have been in the last 2 years.  Why?  Because we met with the FO and Security heads and assured them we were self-policing the section and they accepted that.  However, to my knowledge there has not been many issues this year and I assume that will be the case next year.

3)  No more Tifo’s, etc in the section except for the away support.

Once again, regardless of your feelings on these issues this is what you can expect next year.  On a personal note, it was truly a pleasure to meet most of you.  We had some very good times in 133.  It saddens me a little that we were unable to get 20 people to move to the top to 133.  I certainly understand that people like their seats, etc, but some times you have to sacifice for things you want and since many were not willing to do that, others will have to sacifice by moving to The River End.

I’m sure there will be questions and I am more than willing to answer anything I am able to.

Kenny H (@KenDog_3)

Section133 at NIGHT

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Philadelphia Union v. NE Revolution

Union Draw 0-0 With Revs

Foxboro, MA – The Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution played to a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, a stadium that is used to seeing high scoring affairs with the Patriots. Tonight neither team could get it done as both teams have hit a wall this season. Normally a 0-0 performance on the road would be a good result but the Union’s scoring struggles are a bigger concern.

The Union were the better side throughout the match and controlled the ball 65% of the game. The Revs didn’t get a shot in the match until the second half. Poor execution by the Union and great goalkeeping from Matt Reis were the real reason it ended 0-0.  Coming into New England the Union had the least goals scored in the East and their offensive slump continued. Philadelphia did manage to get 7 shots on goal but a lot of them were right at Reis. Philadelphia had no threat in the air, something the Union must in the off-season.

The Revs’ attack was not a factor as the Union’s back-line and keeper Zac MacMath shut down New England’s attempts on goal. One of those defenders, Amobi Okugo, was Philadelphia’s biggest scoring threat tonight;  he had a chance right before the half to make it 1-0 as his header hit the post. Danny Cruz also had key chances but he failed to open up the Union scoring. Since joining the Union two weeks ago Cruz has started every game. The Union did had have good ball control and set up play from All-Star Midfielder Michael Farfan as he sent some great passes into the box that were not connected on.

Philadelphia will have a lot time off to work on set pieces and scoring as the Union return to the road to face Toronto F.C. on Sept. 15. The last time Philly faced Toronto was May 26, a game the Union lost 1-0 and it was first match Toronto picked up any points. In that game Chris Konopka made his only start in goal for the Union. It was also the last match former manager Peter Nowak coached before being let go by the Union in early June.

Philadelphia Union v. NE Revolution: Highlights

– Charlie Flowe (@‏DJFlowe)

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John Hackworth Named Permanent Manager For Philadelph​ia Union

Chester, PA – Philadelphia Union confirmed that John Hackworth has been named as the club’s permanent Team Manager with immediate effect.  Hackworth took over in June as the interim manager after the team sacked  then head coach Peter Nowak.

When Hackworth took over the Union  were 2-7-2 team. The team came out with fire when he took over, winning  four of the six matches. A run that saw the Union beat power-house clubs  K.C. and L.A. (away)

Also in the mix of the season he lead the  Union to semi-final in the U.S. Open Cup, losing at home to Sporting  K.C.  A team that went on to win the Cup.

Via Philadelphia Union:

John  Hackworth said: “I’m very excited to have been given this opportunity.  I’ve worked for this organization since 2009 and it’s been a real  privilege to see it grow into the wonderful club it is today.

“We have a very talented and committed group of players in our locker room and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to continue working with them long term as they and the organization continue to develop.

“I’d  like to thank Jay Sugarman, Nick Sakiewicz and our magnificent fans for  their continued support and I look forward to building towards our  future successes together.”

Also commenting on the move  Philadelphia Union CEO and Operating Partner, Nick Sakiewicz, said:  “John deserves to become our permanent Team Manager. His skilled  leadership has reinvigorated our players in recent months and there are  some very promising signs that we are moving towards a style of soccer  that is in-keeping with our respected Union brand.

“It has been a  very tough year on the pitch and clearly, we have a long way to go. But  most importantly, the principal reason for making this move right now is  because John has a plan to move our team forward and toward the upper  reaches of Major League Soccer. That stability is important to our whole  organization as we look to finish this season strongly and build again  for the next.

“Additionally, John has been a valued member of our  family from the very beginning and an integral part of the formation and  launch of the Philadelphia Union.  He is an excellent coach, his  knowledge of Major League Soccer is second to none and he has a proven  caliber at every level of the game – including on the international  stage.

“John’s honesty, integrity,  hardworking, organized and  thoughtful style will continue to be an asset to us and I’m delighted  that he will be helping to advance our young organization both on and  off the field for years to come.”

– Charlie Flowe (@‏DJFlowe)

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Philadelphia Union v. Columbus Crew

Chester, PA- The playoff run is unofficially over for the Union. The Philly side was dropped 2-1 at home to a hot Columbus Crew team. The Union were seconds away from walking away with a point but the 10 man Crew scored a goal in the four minute of stoppage time.

The loss did not mathematically eliminate the Union but manager John Hackworth said he does not want to talk about the playoffs. He said if they went on some 10 game win streak then maybe. This team right now needs a pure scorer, someone over 6’0″ with a large frame. Lately teams seemed to have figured out Jack McInerney and Antoine Hoppenot. With the season nearly at an end, it’s not likely the team will make a move add power up front but this will be a priority in the off-season.

The game had some extra energy to begin as two-time gold medalist Carli Lloyd was recognized before kick-off. Lloyd stared in the London Games and lead the USA to gold by scoring both goals in the team’s 2-1 win over Japan. The Son’s of Ben chanted U-S-A in support.

Philadelphia controlled much the early possession. The Crew tried to slow up the attack but Chris Birchall got caught fouling Michael Farfan from 30 yards out. Union captain Carlos Valdes lined up in the 29th minute to take the free-kick. Valdes tried to curl his shot around the wall but the ball deflected off it. The redirection of shot and put Crew keeper Matt Lampson out position and the ball fell into the far left corner for a goal.

The Crew finally started to find their legs and just before the half.  Dilly Duka was fouled by Union defender Sheanon Williams. Federico Higuanin delivered the kick into the box and it met the head of Josh Williams. The ball was slammed inside the near post just sneaking past Philly keeper Zac MacMath and the game was 1-1 in the 41st minute.

The second half saw the Union with key changes to take the 3 points. Both teams also stepped it physically and the game got hand  in the 67th minute. Josh Williams was sent off with a straight red-card for a hard foul on Union sub Antoine Hoppenot. Hoppenot was given yellow-card for shoving Danny O’Rourke after the two exchanged some unfriendly words.

Since Union’s playoff window was so small the win seemed more important than a draw, the team pushed a lot bodies up top to get the 3 points. The Crew took advantage with a counter attack in the 94th minute of stoppage time. Federico Higuanin sent hard shot on goal that MacMath pushed wide, but ball slide right into the path of Eddie Gaven. The ball was knocked into the back the net and it sealed the win for the Crew.

The Philadelphia Union hit the road as they face the New England Revolution Saturday September 1. After the same travels to Toronto for a match September 15. The Union will returnt home  Thursday September 20 when the host rivals D.C. United.

Philadelphia Union v. Columbus Crew – Highlights

– Charlie Flowe (@‏DJFlowe)

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