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12 June 11:37 am

The Philadelphia Union announces it’s first Women’s Soccer 101 clinic. The clinic will be held on Sunday, August 2nd from 10am-1pm at PPL Park. The clinic includes a condition session, skills and drills, meet and greet with some of the Union players, a photo in the Union locker room and a Women’s Soccer 101 gift! Buy tickets for $50 online today! ‪‬

 

Check out our video of Union players and staff participating in the Special Olympics 2015 Unified Relay Across America. Participants, including Union defender, Maurice Edu and Union head coach, Jim Curtin ran select routes from center city to PPL Park bearing the flame of hope!

 

 

@jmacdaddy77 surprises Cameron at the hospital. #TeamCameron

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John McCarthy spent his day off visiting his new friend Cameron. He even got a new haircut. Watch the video to see Cameron show off her great barber skills! #TeamCameron

 

Fans and players gathered at Don Thomas Stadium for soccer, photos, autographs and more at Union Day before The Union vs. Reading United fun friendly match.

 

 
 

@touxi84 at the @sonsofben movie premiere!

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Seats were packed at the Sons of Ben Movie premiere! Sébastien Le Toux, Maurice Edu, Zack Pfeffer, Andrew Wenger, Antoine Hoppenot, Jimmy McLaughlin, John McCarthy and Mike Lahoud all showed up to enjoy the amazing film!

 

Get pumped for the Philadelphia Union vs. the Rochester Rhinos in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with this awesome Stand For The Cup video. The match will take place on June 16th at 7:30pm at PPL Park.

 

10 June 1:04 pm

Today’s practice was HOT with temperatures on the field reaching above 95 degrees. Players were allowed to get a late start today after the friendly against Reading United yesterday, stating practice at 11 as opposed to 10.

Because it was so hot out, players were allowed to take it easy, especially in the early stages of practice when they do their strength and conditioning drills. Water breaks were frequent but not so frequent that they disrupted the flow of practice.

Michael Lahoud was back in practice today, fully participating for the first time since his injury against Toronto FC in early May. He looked very good for someone who hasn’t practiced in a month, and even stayed late to work on his passing and cutting.

The players did a lot of one touch possession passing, playing a 9-on-2 game where the nine outside players one touched passes to each other while trying to avoid the two who were running around in the middle trying to intercept the ball.

While they did that, the goalkeepers (all three of them) worked on their reflexes and their positioning on reflex saves. Andre Blake looked better today than he did all last week now that he has had a full week of practice under his belt.

Another familiar face was back in practice today as well, if only for a week. Danny Cruz was with the team today in practice, working to stay fit while his current team, FK Bodo/Glimt of Tippeligaen, is on international break. He is in town to visit his fiancé.

Practice ended with the team doing three separate line drills that had them work on their footwork, passing, and their first touch on the ball. All three lines were then directed towards goal where the three Union keepers tried to stop their shots.

10 June 9:32 am

Week 14 wasn't quite what Union fans envisioned, especially after a 3-0 triumph over Columbus Crew SC on Wednesday, but some Union players received some well-deserved accolades for last week's performances.

Start with forward C.J. Sapong, who scored a pair of goals this week against Columbus and New York City that earned him a nod on MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week. He now has four goals on the year and is third in MLS in goals scored per minute played.

The recent run of form has defender Sheanon Williams making some headlines. Another strong week for the resurgent right back placed him on Goal.com's Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre posted his remarkable third clean sheet of his young career on Wednesday against Crew SC. He kept keep the game scoreless with a wonderful save on Aaron Schoenfeld in the first half. That earned him a nomination for the Save of the Week.

And some power rankings. The Union are No. 17 at Bleacher Report, No. 18 at ESPNFC and at MLSGB and finally, No. 20 at MLSsoccer.com.

09 June 5:11 pm

It doesn’t matter which way you cut it, Saturday’s 2-1 loss to New York City FC was certainly a disappointing result. But some of the advanced stats do point to Saturday being one of the Union’s top performances this season, at least offensively.

The Union had season-highs in shots on target (7) and passing accuracy in the final third (75.4 percent). They also approached season-highs in passing accuracy at 79.5 percent (second), crosses with 32 (second), chances created with 11 (third) and attempted shots with 12 (fourth).

So, let’s see where they stack up against the rest of MLS in some categories.

Team Possession Passing Accuracy Total Shots Chances Created
New York Red Bulls 54.9 (1st) 75.5 (15th) 14.2 (3rd) 10.1 (8th)
Seattle Sounders FC 54.3 (2nd) 80.2 (3rd) 10.2 (18th) 7.6 (18th)
Orlando City SC   53.7 (3rd) 82.6 (1st) 11.9 (12th) 8.4 (13th)
New York City FC 53.4 (4th) 77.2 (7th) 12.9 (9th) 10.1 (9th)
LA Galaxy 52.8 (5th) 76.3 (11th) 10.6 (17th) 7.9 (16th)
D.C. United 52.0 (6th) 76.8 (8th) 10.9 (15th) 7.6 (19th)
Portland Timbers 51.6 (7th) 79.9 (4th) 13.4 (6th) 10.3 (6th)
Columbus Crew SC 51.3 (8th) 81.7 (2nd) 14.4 (2nd) 11.5 (2nd)
Real Salt Lake   50.9 (9th) 75.8 (14th) 9.9 (20th) 6.7 (20th)
Chicago Fire   50.2 (10th) 78.3 (6th) 15.5 (1st) 12.1 (1st)
Sporting Kansas City 49.9 (11th) 75.8 (13th) 13.1 (7th) 10.9 (3rd)
Houston Dynamo   48.5 (12th) 76.1 (12th) 12.3 (10th) 8.7 (10th)
Colorado Rapids   48.3 (13th) 74.4 (17th) 13.8 (5th) 10.6 (5th)
New England Revolution 48.3 (14th) 74.6 (16th) 11.0 (14th) 8.4 (12th)
Montreal Impact   48.2 (15th) 79.0 (5th) 12.1 (11th) 8.1 (14th)
FC Dallas 46.9 (16th) 74.1 (19th) 10.1 (19th) 7.9 (17th)
San Jose Earthquakes 46.5 (17th) 74.2 (18th) 11.6 (13th) 8.5 (11th)
Philadelphia Union 45.8 (18th) 73.8 (20th) 10.8 (16th) 8.0 (15th)
Toronto FC 45.5 (19th) 76.7 (9th) 13.0 (8th) 10.1 (7th)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 45.4 (20th) 76.4 (10th) 14.1 (4th) 10.9 (4th)

As we documented earlier in the year in this blog, possession isn't detrimental strictly on it's own. Teams like Toronto and Vancouver have created plenty of scoring chances regardless of the amount of possession they have per game. But, this possibly stems from increased accuracy in passing. Furthermore, look at the Fire, who lead the league in total shots and chances created, while only have league-average possession.

Regardless, the Union have continued to put together better numbers in all of these categories when they've been able to feature a healthy Cristian Maidana and Vincent Nogueira.

Finally, one last number to push along is the resurgence of forward C.J. Sapong. Since returning from a month-long absence, Sapong has bagged three goals in four games and is now third in MLS in goals per minute played.

Player Minutes per goal Goals
Chad Barrett (SEA) 102 3
Kei Kamara (CLB) 116.2 10
C.J. Sapong (PHI) 117.3 4
Will Bruin (HOU) 124.7 7
Jozy Altidore (TOR) 131.8 5
Krisztian Nemeth (SKC) 135.3 6
Cyle Larin (ORL) 137.6 5
Clint Dempsey (SEA) 138 7
Chris Wondolowski (SJ) 147.3 8
Obafemi Martins (SEA) 150 6

 

09 June 10:04 am

The Philadelphia Union were off on Monday and goalkeeper John McCarthy spent his time at duPont Hospital in Wilmington, Del.

The 22-year-old Philadelphia native surprised one patient, Cameron McCarthy (no relation), to drop off a few gifts and even brought some hair clippers. The Union goalkeeper then let his new friend shave off all of his hair.

 

Cameron shaves John McCarthy's head at the hospital! #TeamCameron

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To help support Cameron and her fight, you can visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/teamcameron111 and can donate at http://www.gofundme.com/w5d79c. And if you missed it, here's MyFoxPhilly's story. #TeamCameron

 

 

Had a great day today with my new friend #fightlikeagirl #TEAMCAMERON

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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.