The Philly Soccer Page " Player Ratings and Analysis: Union 1-1 Toronto FC
With nothing left to play for in the 2011 MLS season, Toronto represented a fairly unpredictable opponent. Aron Winter could have used Saturday’s match at PPL Park to continue the development of his new system and go for broke, attempting to play spoiler and steal a road victory. Or, he could have put out a starting XI designed to sweat out a tough road draw.
Today, Don Garber stated that, "if we can build a stadium, we’re going to have a 20th team in New York City." Garber has also stated that he wants a team in the South. But Garber said he will stop the expansion process temporarily as soon as the 20th team enters the league, you can see the dilemma.
Sebastien Le Toux’s first half strike was not enough to see the Philadelphia Union through to victory in their final home game of the regular season as Toronto FC’s Ryan Johnson ruined the party for the hosts with a 57th minute equalizer. While the Union’s unbeaten streak now stands at eight games, the draw will be seen as a disappointment for the Union.
CHESTER, Pa. -- In just their second season as an MLS franchise, the Union set the lofty goal of being one of the 10 teams to reach the tightly contested 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs. And with a draw on Saturday night at PPL Park, the young organization could finally taste the fruits of their 33-game effort.
THE MID-OCTOBER rays of an evening sun cascaded through the gray rafters onto the pitch at PPL Park, shining ever so bright on the Union and its supporters - collectively in celebration mode.
CHESTER, Pa. -- It wasn’t the way they imagined it, but with the 1-1 draw against Toronto FC on Saturday at PPL Park, for the first time since their inception, the Union have officially qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Now that the Union have secured a Major League Soccer playoff berth, the team's second piece of business is attempting to earn a first-round bye and avoiding a wild-card playoff.
CHESTER — A pair of eight-ounce cups rested on the countertop beside Danny Califf’s locker.
In their second season, the Union will be making their first MLS Cup playoffs appearance, following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Toronto before a record crowd of 19,178 at PPL Park in Chester. The tie secured one of the league's 10 playoff berths.
CHESTER — The Union welcomed back two players whose roles were integral in clinching their first playoff appearance, but only one played a substantial part in Saturday’s decision.
CHESTER, Pa. – Danny Califf and Sébastien Le Toux remember the very first practices and the expansion-year milestones that went along with being a Philadelphia Union original.
CHESTER, Pa. – Before the 2011 regular season got underway, the Union believed they were a playoff team.
CHESTER, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union are headed to the playoffs.