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Monday Morning Union Freekicks: Playoffs And NYRB

CHESTER, PA- OCTOBER 15: Philadelphia Union fans cheer during the game against Toronto FC at PPL Park on October 15, 2011 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, PA- OCTOBER 15: Philadelphia Union fans cheer during the game against Toronto FC at PPL Park on October 15, 2011 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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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.

Expansion Possibilities | Union Dues

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.

The Philly Soccer Page " Match Report: Union 1-1 Toronto FC

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.

Mondragon, young Union ready for playoffs | CSN Philly

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.

Union celebrates playoff berth, looks to capture East | Philadelphia Daily News | 10/17/2011

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.

Union earn first-ever playoff berth with draw | CSN Philly

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.

Already in MLS Cup playoffs, Union playing to avoid wild card | Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/17/2011

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.

Tie makes Union a playoff team (With Video) -

CHESTER — A pair of eight-ounce cups rested on the countertop beside Danny Califf’s locker.

Tie with Toronto puts Union in MLS Cup playoffs | Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/16/2011

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.

Union Scoop: Mondragon sharp, Mwanga is not in Union draw (With Video) -

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.

Playoff berth holds special meaning for Le Toux, Califf | Philadelphia Union

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.

Union ecstatic to clinch playoff berth, eye road ahead | Philadelphia Union

CHESTER, Pa. – Before the 2011 regular season got underway, the Union believed they were a playoff team.

Recap: Union draw TFC 1-1, clinch first postseason berth | Philadelphia Union

CHESTER, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union are headed to the playoffs.