HOUSTON - MAY 29: Kyle Nakazawa #13 of the Philadelphia Union shoots over Richard Mulrooney,Brian Ching,Brad Davis, Danny Cruz and Eddie Robinsion, from left, of the Houston Dynamo in the second half at Robertson Stadium on May 29, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Philadelphia won 3-2. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Philly Soccer Page " Lineup breakdown: Union mid vs Dynamo mid
Our break down of the Philadelphia Union/Houston Dynamo playoff matchup continues. PSP’s roving correspondent Adam Cann lays out the big questions and Eli Pearlman-Storch answers them. Today’s topic, the Dynamo midfield versus the Union midfield.
All Philadelphia's major league teams enjoy large and famously demanding support, and the Union has needed little time to establish itself on the regional sports scene -- thanks to smart management and the passion of the 'Sons of Ben' supporters group.
It took less than 5 minutes for the Union to get off to the perfect start.
Cameron talked to PSP about the theory that Houston plays a simple crossing game, handling Sebastien Le Toux, defensive communication, and the atmosphere he expects at PPL Park on Sunday. But he started off by talking about how you handle a two-match playoff when you start on the road.
There are different theories on whether it means very much to have momentum going into the MLS Cup playoffs, but at least in the Union's case we're about to find out.
Some 38 years ago, a Philadelphia soccer team took the American soccer scene by storm.
He has not quite burst onto his latest scene, but Union forward-midfielder Freddy Adu remains among the team's more intriguing figures as it prepares for its first MLS Cup playoff appearance with Sunday's 5 p.m. matchup at PPL Park against the Houston Dynamo.
CHESTER, Pa. – Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz and other members of the club’s front office enjoy a tradition where, every time a milestone is hit, they meet at midfield at PPL Park and toast a glass of champagne.
WITH 4 DAYS before their playoffs begin, both coaches say their teams are set.
CHESTER, Pa. -- When the Union leave the tunnel under the thundering roar of the River End and enter the field at PPL Park on Sunday to face the Houston Dynamo in the first leg of a two-game aggregate MLS Cup Playoff series, the young players will not be short on hand-wringing competitive emotion.
Digesting the words Peter Nowak squeezes inside a 10-minute window takes a half-hour of rewinding and replaying. The minutiae and innuendo can spin Nowak’s listening audience in communicative circles.
No marketing campaign could top this. When we asked fans on our Facebook page how the Union have impacted or changed their life, we expected thoughtful responses – but not this.
This is it – playoff soccer at PPL Park.
CHESTER, Pa. – When people ask Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz about the process that led to hiring Peter Nowak as the club’s first manager, the answer is usually very short.
The Union are in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the very first time, and that's reason to celebrate.
CHESTER, Pa. – Go ahead, imagine where the Union would be without Sebastien Le Toux. They’d rather not.