Team

27 June 6:16 pm

The Philadelphia Union take on the Montreal Impact at 7 p.m. tonight at PPL Park. Here is the lineup:

 

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Starters:

ST: C.J. Sapong, MLS start No. 76, Union start No. 7

LAM: Zach Pfeffer, MLS start No. 11, Union start No. 11

CAM: Cristian Maidana, MLS start No. 36, Union start No. 36

RAM: Eric Ayuk, MLS start No. 5, Union start No. 5

LDM: Brian Carroll, MLS start No. 310, Union start No. 122

RDM: Vincent Nogueira, MLS start No. 42, Union start No. 42

LB: Fabinho, MLS start No. 45, Union start No. 38

CB: Richie Marquez, MLS start No. 8, Union start No. 8

CB: Maurice Edu, MLS start No. 86, Union start No. 48

RB: Ray Gaddis, MLS start No. 96, Union start No. 96

GK: Brian Sylvestre, MLS start No. 9, Union start No. 9

Bench: Andre Blake, Sheanon Williams, Ethan White, Andrew Wenger, Fred, Antoine Hoppenot and Dzenan Catic.

 

Career Stats vs. Montreal:

C.J. Sapong (7 GP, 4 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Zach Pfeffer (0 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Cristian Maidana (2 GP, 1 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Eric Ayuk (0 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Brian Carroll (8 GP, 8 GS, 0 G, 1 A)

Vincent Nogueira (3 GP, 3 GS, 1 G, 0 A)

Fabinho (4 GP, 4 GS, 1 G, 0 A)

Richie Marquez (0 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Maurice Edu (3 GP, 3 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Ray Gaddis (6 GP, 6 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Brian Sylvestre (0 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

26 June 11:48 am

Today was a good day for practice, with the weather being cool but humid, allowing the players to recover more and prepare for the game tomorrow.

Conor Casey, Dzenan Catic, and Michael Lahoud were all in practice today, though Lahoud only participated in warm-ups with the team before doing individual strength and conditioning work.

Practice opened up with triangle passing, working on the one touch pass and controlling the ball when if comes to their feet. Curtin stalked around the team as they did this, calling out mistakes and praising those who deserved it.

After the triangle passing, the team moved over to transition possession, where they had to complete at least ten passes before attempting to play it down to where the other team was waiting.

While this was going on, all three goalkeepers worked on their reflexes, especially pouncing on balls that bounce in the box.

Practice wrapped up with 10v9, where the team with 10 played without a keeper. The teams broke down like this:

Grey (10): Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Maurice Edu, Ray Gaddis, Vince Nogueira, Brian Carroll, Zach Pfeffer, Cristian Maidana, C.J. Sapong, and Eric Ayuk

Green (9): Sheanon Williams, Andrew Wenger, Ethan White, Antoine Hoppenot, Fred, Casey, Steven Vitoria, Catic, and Brian Sylvestre

After practice was over, the team voluntarily decided to work on shooting. Curtin told them the focus was getting it on goal rather than scoring a spectacular goal, something that should increase the number of rebounds in the box.

24 June 6:13 pm

The Philadelphia Union take on the Seattle Sounders at 7 p.m. tonight at PPL Park. Here is the lineup:

 

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Starters:

ST: C.J. Sapong, MLS start No. 75, Union start No. 6

LAM: Andrew Wenger, MLS start No. 54, Union start No. 36

CAM: Cristian Maidana, MLS start No. 35, Union start No. 35

RAM: Zach Pfeffer, MLS start No. 10, Union start No. 10

LDM: Brian Carroll, MLS start No. 309, Union start No. 121

RDM: Vincent Nogueira, MLS start No. 41, Union start No. 41

LB: Fabinho, MLS start No. 44, Union start No. 37

CB: Richie Marquez, MLS start No. 7, Union start No. 7

CB: Maurice Edu, MLS start No. 85, Union start No. 47

RB: Sheanon Williams, MLS start No. 138, Union start No. 138

GK: Brian Sylvestre, MLS start No. 8, Union start No. 8

Bench: John McCarthy, Ray Gaddis, Ethan White, Eric Ayuk, Fred, Antoine Hoppenot and Dzenan Catic.

 

Career Stats vs. Seattle:

C.J. Sapong (5 GP, 3 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Andrew Wenger (3 GP, 3 GS, 1 G, 0 A)

Cristian Maidana (1 GP, 1 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Zach Pfeffer (0 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Brian Carroll (7 GP, 6 GS, 1 G, 0 A)

Vincent Nogueira (1 GP, 1 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Fabinho (0 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Richie Marquez (0 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Maurice Edu (1 GP, 1 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Sheanon Williams (5 GP, 5 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Brian Sylvestre (0 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

20 June 10:17 pm

The Union play the LA Galaxy for the only time this season at 10:30 tonight. Here is our lineup:

 

4-2-3-1

Starters:

ST: C.J. Sapong, MLS start No. 74, Union start No. 5

LAM: Andrew Wenger, MLS start No. 53, Union start No. 35

CAM: Cristian Maidana, MLS start No. 34, Union start No. 34

RAM: Zach Pfeffer, MLS start No. 9, Union start No. 9

LDM: Brian Carroll, MLS start No. 308, Union start No. 120

RDM: Vincent Nogueira, MLS start No. 40, Union start No. 40

LB: Sheanon Williams, MLS start No. 137, Union start No. 137

CB: Richie Marquez, MLS start No. 6, Union start No. 6

CB: Maurice Edu, MLS start No. 84, Union start No. 84

RB: Ray Gaddis, MLS start No. 95, Union start No. 95

GK: Brian Sylvestre, MLS start No. 7, Union start No. 7

 

Bench: John McCarthy, Raymond Lee, Ethan White, Fabinho, Fred, Jimmy McLaughlin, Antoine Hoppenot

 

Career Stats vs. LA

 

C.J. Sapong (5 GP, 3 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Andrew Wenger (3 GP, 1 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Cristian Maidana (0 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Zach Pfeffer (1 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Brian Carroll (19 GP, 18 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Vincent Nogueira (1 GP, 1 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Sheanon Williams (6 GP, 6 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Richie Marquez (0 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Maurice Edu (4 GP, 4 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Ray Gaddis (2 GP, 2 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

Brian Sylvestre (0 GP, 0 GS, 0 G, 0 A)

18 June 7:49 am

Here is the team's injury report for this week:

 

Player Status Injury
Sebastien Le Toux QUESTIONABLE Left knee MCL sprain
Mike Lahoud QUESTIONABLE Right quad strain
Ferndando Aristeguieta QUESTIONABLE Left fibular contusion
Conor Casey QUESTIONABLE Left quad strain

 

The only new addition to the injury report is Le Toux who was injured after being subbed on in the U.S. Open Cup game on Tuesday against the Rochester Rhinos.

 

15 June 4:31 pm

The Union held their weekly press conferece today, pushed ahead from the usual Wednesday spot due to the US Open Cup game agaisnt the Rochester Rhinos tomorrow. This week, John McCarthy was the player giving his thoughts on the upcoming week. Here are some of his highlights:

 

John, this is like old-home week – you go up against Reading and now Rochester, how are you feeling?
 
Yeah, it’s pretty cool. It will be nice to see the group of guys and my old coach – they mean a lot to me, the players, so it will be good to get back on the field with them, but that’s not going to be against them so it will be nice.
 
Is there any extra incentive -not that you need it- going up agaisnt your old team?
 
No, no – it’s just something that you look forward to and want to take advantage of it – and it doesn’t matter what team it will be, now it’s the Open Cup and it’s a nice tournament that would be something nice to win and this is the first step for it.
 
What can you tell us about Rochester – for fans and people that haven’t seen them play and don’t know any of their players.
 
Yeah, they got a good group of guys. This year, they’re undefeated I think in USL so they had a really good run so far in the regular season, and the Open Cup I think they already have a couple of wins under their belt against a few teams. So they have a good group of guys, a good core, and I think about 11-12 guys returning last year so it’s really good for them.
 
What’s the mindset for a USL team playing against an MLS team? Do they almost feel like they have nothing to lose?
 
Yeah, pretty much. I mean it’s kinda like you have nothing to lose and they might look at it as an opportunity for them to get a couple extra looks throughout the season – so they go out there and give it their all, come out with their best lineup, and we’re going to take it to them.
 
 
After McCarthy spoke, head coach Jim Curtin jumped up on the stand to give his weekly musings on the upcoming games. Here is some of what he said:
 

Jim how do you approach the lineup for a game like this?

Yeah, it’s a good team coming-in in Rochester. I’ve watched a bunch of tape on them; they don’t concede a lot of goals – they’ve only given up four and scored 16, they’re 8-0-4 so they haven’t been beat this year. We’re going to have to be on our game – can’t take them lightly. They’re a well-coached, organized team and they have a couple weapons. Fortunately, the Dos Santos kid – the striker – is suspended from the Harrisburg game. I don’t think they’ll press us in our building, but maybe they do, it’ll be something we’re ready for but I expect them to sit back a little bit, give us possession, and make us really have to break them down. Which will be a difficult task because they have some big bodies in there. They have guys that are MLS in one or two years and they’re guys with a chip on their shoulder – lot of familiar names if you go through their roster, a bunch of guys that are playing with edge right now and winning. It’ll be a tough task in terms of how we look at our squad – we’re going to have to field a team that is up to the task and without going into too many details into my lineup, it’s going to be a group that will go out and compete and a group that sets us up knowing that we do have a busy stretch. So there could be some younger guys that see minutes. 

Those early games in the US open cup last year – especially against Harrisburg – definitely weren’t a walk in the park. A lot of the guys who are on this team this year know that – are they taking that into account?

For sure, yeah. I’ve been warning them as much as possible all week. The early round games are in a lot of ways the toughest – because if you run into a Cosmos, or Rochester, this is a chance for them to knock off one of the higher league in terms of standings – they want to impress and say they belong in MLS as a team, as an individual. So that parts challenging – getting the guys motivated. The key is playing at a tempo and a speed that they’re not maybe used to – when MLS games get ramped up, it is faster, it is a stronger league, but there is any given day a team that can come in here and give you a tough time. Last year you saw it with Harrisburg and the Cosmos – those were our two toughest games – because they are still good teams, they both can play, the guys get paid to play, so they are professionals, as well. It’s challenging to get our guys to be ready for it, you see it so often though, these games become tricky, and MLS teams are going to lose in this round. That’s a fact. Someone is going to go down, it happens every year, and you have to do your best to prevent it. The advantage is we have a home game, we don’t have to travel which is good, and we have a big nice field we can play on. So we have to take care of business, it’s up to us to execute and go on the field and put together a good performance on a Tuesday night.

Does it help at all, having a guy like John (McCarthy) who understands the other side and the mentality that Rochester is going to bring into this?

Yeah, for sure.  He helps in the scouting, he helps in all the little things. So again, he’s a guy who has been on both sides – he can speak to how good of a team this Rochester group is – they weren’t as strong last year, but this year they have come in and really separated themselves from a lot of the other teams in the league and are doing really well. Again, we’re not going to have a let down or be caught off guard or underestimate them in any way. John has played both sides, obviously he wants to get a win now for Philadelphia.

 
 
06 June 6:10 pm

Philadelphia Union and New York City FC have met twice so far this season, with the Union winning the first game and playing to a draw in the second, with Saturday's match being the third between the two clubs this year. The Union won the first match 2-1 at PPL Park, and then drew 1-1 with NYCFC five days later in Yankee Stadium.

Here is today's starting lineup with career stats listed in parenthesis.

 

4-2-3-1

 

GK: Brian Sylvestre (Game No. 6, start 6)

LB: Fabinho (Game No. 42, start 36)

LCB: Richie Marquez (Game No. 6, start 5)

RCB: Maurice Edu (Game No. 84, start 83)

RB: Sheanon Williams (Game No. 137, start 136)

LCDM: Brian Carroll (Game No. 330, start 308)

RCDM: Vince Nogueira (Game No. 41, start 39)

LAM: Andrew Wenger (Game No. 95, start 52)

CAM: Cristian Maidana (Game No. 39, start 33)

RAM: Sebastien Le Toux (Game No. 200, start 166)

ST: C.J. Sapong (Game No. 120,start 73)

 

Bench: John McCarthy, Raymon Gaddis, Ethan White, Fred, Zach Pfeffer, Eric Ayuk, Jimmy McLauhglin

 

Career stats vs. NYCFC

Brian Sylvestre (0 GP)

Fabinho (0 GP)

Richie Marquez (0 GP)

Maurice Edu (2 GP, 2 GS, 0G, 1A)

Sheanon Williams (2 GP, 2 GS, 0G, 0A)

Brian Carroll (0 GP)

Vince Nogueira (2 GP, 2 GS, 1G, 0A)

Andrew Wenger (2 GP, 2 GS, 0G, 0A)

Cristian Maidana (2 GP, 2 GS, 0G, 0A)

Sebastien Le Toux (2 GP, 2 GS, 0G, 0A)

C.J. Sapong (2 GP, 0 GS, 1G, 0A)

03 June 10:10 am

It's a double-game week for the Union, starting tonight at 7 p.m. against Columbus Crew SC at PPL Park. The game will be broadcast on The Comcast Network. It's also the third game in an eight-day stretch, leaving Jim Curtin with a few tough management selections. The good news is the team is relatively healthy, perhaps the most they've been since the season opener back on March 7.

Player Status Injury
Andre Blake OUT Right knee menisectomy recovery
Mike Lahoud OUT Right quad strain
Antoine Hoppenot QUESTIONABLE Left hamstring strain
Conor Casey QUESTIONABLE Right quad strain
Steven Vitoria QUESTIONABLE Left knee strain

With Blake out, the keepers will be Brian Sylvestre and John McCarthy again. Lahoud's injury, also not a surpise, will likely continue to be filled by Brian Carroll. Lahoud will miss a game against his a good friend and national teammate Kei Kamara. If you missed today's story about the two building a school back home in Sierra Leone, check it out here.

Three questionables for tonight include Steven Vitoria. The center back last played April 25, the last time the Union played Crew SC. Vitoria has a shot to be in the 18 tonight, but all signs are pointing to another CB pairing of Maurice Edu and Richie Marquez.

For Columbus, they have three questionables in Wil Trapp, Chris Klute and backup keeper Matt Lampson. Trapp has been going through concussion symptoms and hasn't played since April 8, but has been back in training for roughly the last week-and-a-half.

The bigger news is Crew SC will be without center back Michael Parkhurst, who is suspended for one-game following a red card in Crew SC's prior game against Orlando City. He's started all 12 games this year and will likley be replaced by Tyson Wahl, alongside Emanuel Pogatetz.

30 May 4:15 pm

Philadelphia Union and D.C. United have met 13 prior times with both clubs winning five matches. Saturday's match will be the second between the two clubs this year. The Union won the first match 1-0, at PPL Park just two weeks ago thanks to a stoppage-time winner from Zach Pfeffer.

But here is today's starting lineup with career stats listed in parenthesis. It is Andrew Wenger's 50th career start in MLS.

4-2-3-1

GK: Brian Sylvestre (Game No. 4, start 4)
LB: Fabinho (Game No. 40, start 34)
LCB: Richie Marquez (Game No. 4, start 3)
RCB: Maurice Edu (Game No. 82, start 81)
RB: Sheanon Williams (Game No. 135, start 134)
LCDM: Brian Carroll (Game No. 328, start 306)
RCDM: Vince Nogueira (Game No. 39, start 37)
LAM: Andrew Wenger (Game No. 93, start 50)
CAM: Cristian Maidana (Game No. 37, start 31)
RAM: Sebastien Le Toux (Game No. 198, start 164)
ST: Fernando Aristeguieta (Game No. 10, start 10)

Bench: John McCarthy, Raymon Gaddis, Ethan White, Fred, Zach Pfeffer, Eric Ayuk, C.J. Sapong.

Career stats vs. D.C.

Brian Sylvestre (1 GP, 1 GS, 0 GA)
Fabinho (3 GP, 2 GS, 0G, 2A)
Richie Marquez (0 GP)
Maurice Edu (9 GP, 9 GS, 1G, 1A)
Sheanon Williams (9 GP, 9 GS, 0G, 3A)
Brian Carroll (15 GP, 15 GS, 1G, 1A)
Vince Nogueira (3 GP, 3 GS, 0G, 0A)
Andrew Wenger (4 GP, 3 GS, 0G, 0A)
Cristian Maidana (3 GP, 3 GS, 0G, 0A)
Sebastien Le Toux (13 GP, 11 GS, 5G, 3A)
Fernando Aristeguieta (0 GP)
 
Of particular note, Le Toux has thrived against D.C. while playing for the Union -- all career five goals and three assists have come when playing for the Union.
27 May 9:51 am

In case you haven’t heard, both Brian Sylvestre AND Fabinho have made the MLS Team of the Week after their Week 12 performances against the New York Red Bulls.

Fabinho was getting the start in place of the injured Ray Gaddis and surpassed everyone’s expectations. In what Jim Curtin called his best game in a Union uniform, Fabinho had six interceptions and six clearances while providing an assist to C.J. Sapong after a great run done the left-hand side of the field. Fabinho was able to push forward while keeping the New York Red Bull’s Lloyd Sam from getting a shot on goal.

Sylvestre had another great game in goal, shutting out the Red Bulls for only the second time this season and the first time at home. He only had to make three saves but they were all key to the victory. His best save of the match came after Sacha Kljestan’s shot was deflected, making Sylvestre dive to his left, only for the ball to end up at Bradley Wright-Phillips feet. Wright-Phillips quickly shot towards the exposed half of goal but Sylvestre managed to kick his legs out and send the ball out of bounds instead.

Jim Curtin also recieved an honor this week, being selected as the MLS Coach of the Week for Week 12.