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Old 08-18-2011, 11:13 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Philadelphia Union host first-ever Supporters Summit
Fans meet Union management, players and Commissioner Garber



CHESTER, Pa. — Just like many other nights, Philadelphia Union supporters made their voices heard from their seats at PPL Park on Wednesday.

Only this time they had a microphone — and were slightly more polite.

In what they hope will become an annual occurrence, the Union hosted their first “Supporters Summit,” an event designed to give fans the chance to ask players, club officials and even MLS Commissioner Don Garber a variety of questions relating to the team and the league.

For Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz — who, along with Garber, manager Peter Nowak, striker Sébastien Le Toux and goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón, fielded questions from more than 200 supporters from Philly’s home stadium on Wednesday — the summit represents an important part of the club’s core mission

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Englishman Tait joins defensive ranks with Philadelphia

Journeyman center back has worked his way up from NAIA ranks


CHESTER, Pa. – When things weren’t working out in his soccer career the way he had hoped, Joe Tait did something about it: He packed his bags, left his native England behind and started fresh in the United States.

Now, after short stints with Lindsey Wilson College, the Baton Rouge Capitals of the USL Premier Development League and the Dayton Dutch Lions of the USL Professional Division, Tait has made it to this country’s top-tier league.

After three weeks on trial, the 21-year-old defender officially signed with the Philadelphia Union on Tuesday.

“I sort of had a bad experience in England,” Tait told MLSsoccer.com a day after being signed. “It didn’t really work out for me. I got an opportunity to come to college here so I thought I’d give it a go. I decided to give it another chance.”

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Old 11-22-2011, 06:23 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Union unveil new 2012 primary and secondary kits

Secure your 2012 primary and secondary kits today!



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Old 11-25-2011, 01:31 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Union claim midfielder Khalfan in MLS Waiver Draft

MF joins Philadelphia from Vancouver; Holder, González waived


Chester, Pa. (November 23, 2011) – Philadelphia Union announced the club has selected Nizar Khalfan in the MLS Waiver Draft after Vancouver Whitecaps FC released him earlier today. Additionally, the Union have waived goalkeeper Thorne Holder and defender Juan Diego González.

A native of Mtwara, Tanzania, Khalfan appeared in 22 regular season matches in 2011, including nine starts. In 1,066 minutes, the 23-year-old notched a goal and four assists. The midfielder joined Vancouver midway through the 2009 USL First Division season, playing a total 58 games and 3,029 minutes with the Canadian side.

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Old 12-11-2011, 04:48 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Union, Lions to play pre-season match February 18
Second annual match, presented by Bimbo Bakeries USA, to be played at Florida Citrus Bowl



Chester, Pa. (December 9, 2011) - Philadelphia Union and Orlando City Lions today announced the sides will be matching up against each other in their second annual preseason game on February 18, 2012. As part of Philadelphia’s first leg of the 2012 preseason camp, presented by Bimbo Bakeries USA, the match will take place at the Florida Citrus Bowl a year after the Union played the Lions to a 1-0 loss on February 19, 2011.

“Last year's preseason in Orlando provided an excellent experience,” said Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “Our work there gave us a good foundation for preparing the team, and we look forward to going back to Orlando for a second year to prepare for the 2012 season. Orlando City continues to run a first-rate operation with which we are proud to partner.”

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Old 12-12-2011, 05:08 PM   #36 (permalink)
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McLaughlin living the dream as Union's newest player
18-year-old attacker becomes club's second Home Grown signing



Last week, during a quick break from finals cramming, Colgate University freshman Jimmy McLaughlin talked about what it would mean for him to play professionally for his hometown team.

“It definitely is my dream,” he told MLSsoccer.com.

A week later, that dream has been realized.

On Monday, the Philadelphia Union announced the signing of McLaughlin, who just wrapped up his first season at Colgate and had been a prized piece in Philly’s academy system.

McLaughlin – who starred at nearby Great Valley High School and with nearly club powerhouse FC Delco – will be the franchise’s second Home Grown signing, following in the footsteps of his good friend Zach Pfeffer.

Union fans got a glimpse of what the 18-year-old can do in international friendlies against Everton and Real Madrid over the summer. Unfazed by the world-renowned players on the other side of the pitch, McLaughlin showed his blazing speed and attacking fearlessness on the wing after coming in as a late substitution

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:07 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Costa Rican defender Lopez acquired by Union
Lopez joins club after back-to-back Costa Rican titles



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Union acquire Panamanian midfielder Gomez
Central midfielder led Panama to 2011 Gold Cup semifinals



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Way too many internationals on the roster right now. No idea what they'll do to get down to the 8 player limit.
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Adu to train with Rayo Vallecano of Spain's La Liga
Philadelphia star set to spend one week with Keller's onetime club



AMSTERDAM — Philadelphia Union playmaker Freddy Adu will begin a week-long visit to La Liga outit Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday, MLSsoccer.com has confirmed.

The US international's agent, Richard Motzkin, confirmed the details on Tuesday. Adu was originally scheduled to make the trip over in mid-December, but a call-up to the recent Olympic camp in Florida delayed his plans.

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PPL Park to host 2012 MLS All-Star Game
Philadelphia awarded first ASG in decade; opponent still unknown



For the first time in a decade, Philadelphia will host an All-Star Game.

Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday that Philadelphia will be the stage for the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 25 at 8 pm ET, bringing the summer’s showcase event to PPL Park, where the Sons of Ben will welcome a yet unnamed opponent to take on the best MLS has to offer. In the most recent edition held in 2011, Manchester United took on the MLS All-Stars at Red Bull Arena.

The 2012 event will be broadcast on ESPN2, Galavision or TeleFutura and TSN and RDS, while ESPN International will provide live coverage of the event in more than 100 countries around the world and ESPN3 and WatchESPN carry the game online in the United States.

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Union and Saprissa to Partner
Clubs to play friendly, share player development best practices



Chester, Pa. (January 27, 2012) – Philadelphia Union and Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa today announced the formation of a strategic partnership that will focus on player development and training methodology, as well as best practices in commercial, stadium and financial operations.

"Saprissa is one of the most successful clubs in our part of the world,” said Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “They have won at every level of club competition, developed some big stars, some of which had storied careers abroad and have fueled the national team with many players such as Josué Martinez, who is now a Philadelphia Union player. They have world-class ownership that truly understands the current international football scene and are aligned with our technical and business philosophies. We are delighted and looking forward to our new partnership.”

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Union, Orlando City draw 1-1 in Florida finale

Califf nets first half goal, Orlando equalizes in 93rd minute


Orlando, Fla. (February 18, 2012) - A late stoppage time goal by Orlando City’s Max Griffin erased a 1-0 Philadelphia Union lead, as the Union played Orlando to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night at the Citrus Bowl. Defender Danny Califf headed in a free kick off a cross from Gabriel Gomez in the 27th minute to open the scoring.

VID: http://www.mlssoccer.com/video/2012/...ts-orl-1-1-phi

Orlando nearly got on the board in the fifth minute when a miscue by the Union defense allowed Dennis Chin to take the game’s first shot on goal, but Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath was able to deflect the attempt away with his left hand. The Union quickly answered just five minutes later, but Jack McInerney’s chip shot sailed over the crossbar.

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Union head further south for third phase of 2012 preseason
Philadelphia depart for Costa Rica Thurs.; three scrimmages on tap



The Union will play a scrimmage against league-leading Municipal Perez Zeledon on February 26. The squad will then play the U-20 Costa Rican National Team on February 28, before wrapping up with a game against fifth-place Belen on March 1.

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Union sign goalkeeper Chris Konopka

Toms River, N.J. native spent three seasons playing in Ireland


Name: Chris Konopka
Pronunciation: Chris Kon-op-ka
Number: 1
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6-5
Weight: 210
Born: April 14, 1985
Birthplace: Toms River, N.J.
Citizenship: USA
Last Club: MLS Pool Goalkeeper


Philadelphia Union have signed goalkeeper Chris Konopka, the club announced today. A native of Toms River, N.J., Konopka was originally drafted by Kansas City in the 2007 Supplemental Draft and was most recently a member of the MLS Goalkeeper Pool. Per club and League policies, the terms of the deal will not be released.

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Called into service by the New York Red Bulls last season, Konopka started against the Chicago Fire on August 14 and posted two saves in a 2-2 draw. He also spent time with the Columbus Crew, playing the second half of the Crew’s July 26 friendly against Newcastle United. Konopka was also a member of the Crew’s roster for games against Salt Lake, Toronto, Houston and Philadelphia.

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Brotherly Love
Union's Nowak, Califf make peace after weekend flareup



CHESTER, Pa. – It appears the air has been cleared between Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak and team captain Danny Califf.

The club made headlines on Sunday when Nowak decided to sit Califf for the Union’s home opener, citing offseason knee surgery as the reason why. Califf responded that Nowak never approached him before the game to tell him he wasn’t in the starting lineup and told reporters that he was completely healthy and surprised by the omission.

Two days later, the communication lines between Philly’s captain and coach have been reopened and the brewing controversy appears mostly squashed.

“We had a good talk yesterday,” Califf said following Wednesday’s practice. “I think we resolved some issues, so I think things are going to be much better going forward. It was a good, constructive talk. We were both able to get things off our chest, so we’ll move forward in a positive way.”

Added Nowak: “I think it was a very helpful and a very healthy conversation. The communication was very important from both sides.”

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