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25 June 1:25 pm

Always nice to updates stats after three points. Today, let's take a look around the league and see where the Union and some players stack up.

C.J. Sapong -- consecutive games with a goal.

Union -- Franchise Games MLS -- 2015 Games
Jack McInerney (Sept/Oct 2012) 4 Charlie Davies (April-May) 4
Sapong (June-present) 4 Chris Wondolowski (May) 4
    Sapong 4
    Sebastian Lletget (active) 3
    Five others tied 3

 

 

 

 

C.J. Sapong -- goals per minute played

Player Team Min/goal Goals
Sebastian Lletget LA Galaxy 73 3
Anatole Abang NY Red Bulls 89.5 2
Chad Barrett Seattle 102 3
Sapong Philadelphia 108.2 6
Kei Kamara Columbus 111.8 12

 

 

 

 

 

  • Sapong is also tied for 9th in MLS with six goals scored. Kei Kamara leads the league with 12. Full list here.

Cristian Maidana -- assists

Player Team Assists
Ethan Finlay Columbus Crew SC 9
Benny Feilhaber Sporting Kansas City 8
Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC 7
Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders 6
Maidana Philadelphia 5
7 others tied   5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maurice Edu -- minutes played

Player Team Minutes
Bobby Boswell D.C. United 1625
Baggio Husidic LA Galaxy 1590
Perry Kitchen D.C. United 1571
Juninho LA Galaxy 1544
Omar Gonzalez LA Galaxy 1542
Edu Philadelphia 1530
6 others tied   1530

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others Notables

  • Brian Sylvestre is tied for 10th in MLS in clean sheets with four. Full list here.
  • Andrew Wenger is tied for 6th in MLS in games played with 18.

Team Stats

  • Union are eighth in shots on goal (74) and 10th in goals scored (20).
  • They're second in goals scored (11) on the road.
  • Despite being last in MLS in goals allowed, the Union are the only team in the league not to concede a goal in the first 15 minutes.
  • They're 12th in MLS in average home attendance at 17,493.
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)

24 June 5:05 pm

The Philadelphia Union U-18s and U-16s were both in action today, with the U-18s taking on Kendall SC and the U-16s taking on Weston FC.

The U-18’s game was first, playing against Kendall, an academy team from the Southeast region. They held Kendall off for a majority of the first half, only conceding one goal off of a long pass in the 38th minute.

They started the half down 1-0 but managed to pull even in the 50th minute when Frederick Gil wove through the defense to tuck the ball into the back of the net. Kendall scored two minutes later to go back ahead 2-1. The Union continued to claw their way back to even after Mo Conde was able to direct his header past the goalkeeper in the 60th minute.

The game continued to be played close all the way to the finish where Kendall SC was able to score in the 89th to win the game 3-2. Since the Montreal Impact U-18s won today against the LA Galaxy U-18s, the winner of Kendall vs. Montreal on Friday will advance to the quarterfinals.

The U-16s also faced a tough test against Weston FC, keeping the score 0-0 until Weston managed to score in the 60th minute. Weston were given an extra burst of energy after scoring and started to win every 50-50 ball. The Union weathered the storm and scored in the 70th minute thanks to a goal from Tiger Graham.

With the score tied at 1-1, the Union turned it up one more notch and managed to score in the 79th minute, with Jack Skahan netting the goal after getting on the end of a throw in from Graham.

They would go on to win 2-1 and sit in first place in their group. Their next game is on Friday against the Houston Dynamo U-16s.

Said Academy Director Tommy Wilson after the U-16 game, “I'm really proud of the boys and Weston are one of the best teams we've played. The boys once again showed great resolve coming back from a losing position to win the match. Our focus now turns to the last game on Friday.”

23 June 5:32 pm

The Philadelphia Union Academy U-16 team played their first game of the 2015 US Soccer Development Academy playoffs today, facing off against Everton FC Westchester.

The Union U-16s are the number two seed in the tournament and came out of the gates playing like it. Starting in a 4-4-1-1 formation, star in the making Justin McMaster played in his preferred number 10 role while Andrew Verdi got the starting nod in goal.

The Union took it to Everton in the opening minutes, forcing a corner and then a save off the line, all before the nine-minute mark. While they played a high pressure system, they had one or two mental lapses on the defensive end that called for Verdi to make some pretty remarkable saves.

The pressure from the Union eventually broke down the Everton defense, with the team scoring their first goal of the tournament through Tiger Graham, who was assisted on the goal by Jack Skahan. The game would go into halftime with the Union up 1-0.

The second half saw both teams come out with renewed energy but it only took two minutes for the Union to break through and score again, this time it was McMaster on another assist from Skahan. Both Skahan and McMaster would be subbed out in the 64th minute but the offense remained for the Union as one of the substitutes, Raheem Taylor-Parkes, scored just two minutes after being subbed on for McMaster.

Everton would go on to get one back but that was the end of the scoring on the day for both teams. Both teams looked tired at the end of the game with chances becoming less and less frequent. The game ended in a 3-1 Union win.

The Union U-16s will be in action again tomorrow when they face off against Weston FC at 2:30.

23 June 3:44 pm

The Philadelphia Union Academy U-18 team played their first game of the 2015 US Soccer Development Academy playoffs today, facing off against the number one seed in the tournament, the Montreal Impact.

The starting lineup presented by the Union was similar to the one that was seen last week in their warm-up game against Reading United A.C. The team set up in a 4-1-4-1 lineup, with Sebastian Elney up top and Cameron Keys in goal.

The game was tight for both teams until the Impact managed to score in the 30th minute. They then score again in the 37th minute after they got a head to a corner kick. The score remained 2-0 going in to the half, with possession being split nearly 50-50. The game continued to be played close until the 70th minute when Derrick Jones came onto the field as a substitute.

After Jones was subbed on, the Union began to attack in full force, throwing everything they had at the Impact. After a succession of chances, the Union finally scored off of a Sebastian Elney free kick to make the score 2-1 with only stoppage time remaining.

Now, with a chance of getting a draw, the Union turned it up to a gear that they have rarely shown before and hammered the Impact until they finally made a mistake and conceded a penalty. Jones stepped up and slotted the ball past the keeper, leveling it up at 2-2. The referee blew his whistle shortly after kickoff.

This is a huge win for the U-18 team as they managed to get a draw against the toughest team in their group. This gives them hope to make it out of the group stage, as only the winner can advance to the quarterfinals.

The Union U-18’s had previously lost to the same Montreal team early May, losing 4-1.

22 June 11:47 am

When the U.S. Soccer Foundation started the Soccer for Success program in 2009, they served around 4,000 children in 4 cities. Today, Soccer for Success has grown to serve 30,000 kids in over 30 cities across the country. Now, between the hours of 3-6pm, tens of thousands of children in urban centers nationwide are learning healthy lifestyles, soccer skills, and the value of mentorship – at no cost to their families.

Now in its third year, Chester Upland Soccer for Success—a collaboration between Widener University, the Philadelphia Union Foundation, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association, and Crozer Keystone Health System—has produced very positive health results. Of the 383 children participating in the program in fall 2014, 79 percent improved or maintained their body mass index percentile, 73 percent improved or maintained their aerobic capacity, and 52 percent decreased or maintained waist circumference.

The work of the U.S. Soccer Foundation is guided by its goal to transform underserved communities using the sport of soccer. Soccer for Success combines physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship, and family engagement, resulting in a dynamic program that addresses different aspects of youth development - from children’s health issues to juvenile delinquency. This week, the U.S. Soccer Foundation is proud to announce that a third-party, professional evaluation confirms that Soccer for Success has a positive influence on the health of participants.

This report is based upon work supported by the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Social Innovation Fund combines public and private resources to grow the impact of innovative, community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Corporation for National and Community Service awarded the U.S. Soccer Foundation a prestigious Social Innovation Fund grant to expand its Soccer for Success program, as well as evaluate its impact on participants.

The Soccer for Success: Implementation and Impact Evaluation found that improvements in health and fitness of Soccer for Success children were statistically significantly greater than those of children in non-Soccer for Success programs. Overall, more children enrolled in Soccer for Success decreased their BMI percentiles, transitioned to healthier BMI percentile categories, decreased their waist circumference size, and improved their aerobic capacity (as shown in higher numbers of completed PACER laps) as compared to non-program children. 

Conducted by Dr. Danielle Hollar and her team at Healthy Networks Design & Research, the yearlong extensive study of Soccer for Success’ examined the health and fitness outcomes of children participating in Soccer for Success as compared to children enrolled in non-athletic, non-nutrition-based afterschool programs in the same communities. Health and fitness data, including Body Mass Index (BMI) percentiles, waist circumference, and completed PACER laps, were collected on children in five cities across the U.S. These combined factors provided a snapshot of the health and fitness status of the participants.

The takeaway from the study’s results are meaningful beyond Soccer for Success: the program’s 3-day-a-week structure and inclusion of nutrition education set a realistic, achievable example for tangible results. Programs like Soccer for Success, show the value of quality out-of-school programming and the need to replicate and expand such efforts in order to improve the landscape of underserved communities. These results are extremely motivating and push us to continue working to build healthier generations through innovative vehicles. With additional insight into outcomes such as education to come, we are excited to see what the next few years hold for Soccer for Success and the U.S. Soccer Foundation.                                                                  

More information about the Soccer for Success impact evaluation can be found on ussoccerfoundation.org

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)

19 June 11:41 am

Social Timeline: Week of June 15th

 

Awesome night at ComedySportz with @jmacdaddy77 and @mikelahoud!

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John McCarthy and Mike Lahoud got in some good laughs as they celebrity judged on Comedy Sportz Philadelphia on Saturday night!

Another amazing text to win contest! Text to win a chance to win free tickets to the Chipotle Homegrown Game in Colorado! Who will be there? The Union is taking votes, check out our twitter @philaunion and retweet to vote!

Don’t miss this great opportunity! Nominate who you think deserves to be recognized as Community MVP. Share their story for a chance to win!

 

Tonight's game will be streamed LIVE on philadelphiaunion.com

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Fans that couldn’t make it to the game had the opportunity to follow along with the Livestream of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Philadelphia Union vs. Rochester.

The Union Foundation officially announces they will be hosting the Annual River Cup on September 19th!

Camping out at PPL Park is back and what site could be better? The Union announces tickets are up for sale for fans to join together after the Union vs. Portland game for a night of fun and games! The post game camp-out will include a movie screening and strength and conditioning session with Union coach Kevin Miller.

Ray Gaddis takes over the Union Snapchat @philaunion. Follow us and check it out what Ray Gaddis and the rest of the team are up to on their trip out to Los Angeles!

Meet the Union when Sebastien Le Toux and John McCarthy visit the Voorhees Town Center on June 22nd! Not to mention, there will be a live DJ and plenty of union prizes being given out to lucky winners!

 

Much needed regeneration day for these guys.

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The team spends the day getting some much-needed rest and regenerating for what’s to come! Go Union!

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.