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08 June 2:15 pm

As many of you probably know, tonight the United States Women's National Team plays its first game of the 2015 Women's World Cup agaisnt Australia. The game will take place in WInnipeg, Canada at 7:30 p.m and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. In the interest of supporting the USWNT and the Women's World Cup, we asked a couple of the players to give their predictions on what the score will be tonight.

Here is what they said:

 

Sheanon Williams: 2-0, USA wins

C.J. Sapong: 3-1, USA wins

Vince Nogueira: 2-0, USA wins

Michael Lahoud: 4-1, USA wins

Sebastien Le Toux: 2-0, USA wins

Ray Gaddis: 4-0, USA wins

John McCarthy: 3-0, USA wins

Brian Sylvestre: 3-0, USA wins

Zach Pfeffer: 2-0, USA wins

Richie Marquez: 2-0, USA wins

Ethan White: 3-1, USA wins

 

It isn't surprising that the Union all picked the USWNT to win as they are viewed as one of the favorites to win the tournament. The team finished in second in the last Women's World Cup in Germanny in 2011, losing in penalty kicks to Japan. The team then went on to win the gold in the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

 

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)

06 June 3:24 pm

Social Timeline: Week of June 1st Check out what the Philadelphia Union was up to this week through our social timeline! The Philadelphia Union announced its watch party, Thursday, for the Champions League Final!

Post up, relax and watch Juventus F.C. take on F.C. Barcelona for the Champions League Final! The watch party will being at 2:30 pm, live at PPL Park in the TruMark Financial Club. All you need is your match game ticket for Union vs. NYCFC in order to enter. Watch post- game reactions from head coach Jim Curtain and Union Players!

After the Union’s 3-0 victory over Columbus Crew SC on Wednesday, June 3rd, Jim Curtain, Maurice Edu, and CJ Sapong express their satisfaction with the match performance during post game interviews. The Philadelphia Union now switches gears and starts preparing for Saturday’s match against NYCFC at 7p at PPL Park.

 

We had a special guest at practice today!

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Christian Maidana and the Union welcome a special guest at practice!

 

Three goals, three points. #DOOP

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Players celebrate their 3-0 win against Columbus Crew SC. Be sure to get your tickets for Saturday’s match Union vs. NYCFC!

IBX- Blue Cross announces an enter to win sweepstakes for four free suite seats, parking pass and food to the Union vs. Sounders match on June 24, 2015.

05 June 2:07 pm

Practice today, much like the weather gradually warmed up as it went along. Players got out on the field around 10 and proceeded to do stretches and other conditioning work before breaking down into passing drills.

While the players warming up, the goalkeepers were practicing, with Brian Sylvestre, John McCarthy and Andre Blake all fully participating.

The team focused on quick, one touch passing before moving over to transition possession. The team broke down into three separate squads of seven men, with each team having to complete ten passes, with two touches on the ball before passing it up.

While the team was doing the drills, Curtin was coaching them up, telling them to keep their composure on the ball and to wait for passing lanes to open up before giving the ball up so that they aren’t forcing the pass.

Mike Lahoud was doing strength and conditioning, trying to recover from his injury so he get back to practicing with the team.

Practice ended with the starters going up against a scout team made up of the bench players. The team worked on moving the ball around in the midfield while under game-like pressure, trying to play the ball in over the top.

Following that, the team practiced corners and shooting, with McCarthy in goal as Sylvestre did some extra conditioning work.

After practice, Maurice Edu and Curtin both participated in an event for the Special Olympics. Both of them carried the Special Olympics flame which is making its way across the country to Los Angeles, where the 2015 Special Olympic World Games are being held.

04 June 6:19 pm

Here are a few highlights from twitter following the Union's 3-0 win on Wednesday night

 

 

04 June 1:50 pm

Today’s practice started out with some very good news for the Union. Just when they thought things couldn’t get any better after a dominating performance against Columbus Crew SC, goalkeeper Andre Blake was a participant in practice today.

For the work that he did in the goalkeeping drills, Blake looked sharp, showing good movement and dexterity on his knee. The spring is definitely back in his step, showing off how he is able to jump and cut without any issues.

The mood at practice today was lighthearted, joking around yet playing with the passion of a team that has won three out of four games and wants to win more.

Vince Nogueira and the rest of the starters had a light day today, participating in only the passing drills before doing some strength and conditioning work. Instead of joining the starters in the passing drills, Nogueira spent some extra time running and jogging around the field, looking to maintain the fitness he has showed in the past couple of games.

The passing and movement drills today deal with playing the long ball, with the added focus of staying onsides. When the starters left to go work on conditioning, the players who were on the bench and those coming back form injury did 4v5 drills, playing on a field that was a third of the size of a normal pitch.

Steven Vitoria fully participated in these drills, playing as the facilitator for both teams, and was not allowed to score.

The teams broke down like this:

Green: Jimmy McLaughlin, Ethan White, Zach Pfeffer, Eric Bird

Gray: Eric Ayuk, Fred, Ray Gaddis, Raymond Lee

Both teams played well and really got after the ball but the star was Lee, who showed off some of his shooting skills while playing from his traditional defensive position.

03 June 3:02 pm
This will be the 14th all-time meeting between Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew SC. The Union are 3-9-1, but are 3-3-0 at PPL Park. Their struggles against Crew SC have come in Columbus. It's the second meeting this year, with the first coming at MAPFRE Stadium and a 4-1 win for Crew SC.
 
Today's starting lineup:
 
GK: Brian Sylvestre (Game No. 5, start 5)
LB: Fabinho (Game No. 41, start 35)
LCB: Richie Marquez (Game No. 5, start 4)
RCB: Maurice Edu (Game No. 83, start 82)
RB: Sheanon Williams (Game No. 136, start 135)
LCDM: Brian Carroll (Game No. 329, start 307)
RCDM: Vincent Nogueira (Game No. 40, start 38)
LAM: Andrew Wenger (Game No. 94, start 51)
CAM: Cristian Maidana (Game No. 38, start 32)
RAM: Sebastien Le Toux (Game No. 199, start 165)
ST: Fernando Aristeguieta (Game No. 11, start 11)
 
Bench: John McCarthy, Raymon Gaddis, Ethan White, Fred, Zach Pfeffer, Eric Ayuk, C.J. Sapong.
 
Career stats vs. Crew SC
Brian Sylvestre (0 GP)
Fabinho (3 GP, 3 GS, 0G, 1A)
Richie Marquez (0 GP)
Maurice Edu (8 GP, 8 GS, 0G, 0A)
Sheanon Williams (9 GP, 9 GS, 1G, 0A)
Brian Carroll (9 GP, 9 GS, 1G, 1A)
Vincent Nogueira (2 GP, 2 GS, 0G, 0A)
Andrew Wenger (3 GP, 3 GS, 1G, 0A)
Cristian Maidana (3 GP, 3 GS, 0G, 0A)
Sebastien Le Toux (10 GP, 9 GS, 3G, 4A)
Fernando Aristeguieta (0 GP)
 
Not a whole lot of career success for today's lineup outside of Le Toux. Of interesting note, Williams and Carroll's goals each came in the same game, a 3-0 win at PPL Park on June 5, 2013. Conor Casey also score for the Union.
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.