The Philadelphia Fury opened up the spring season of the American Soccer League with loss to the Evergreen Diplomats on Saturday.
A goal from Evergreen's Brian Davis in the 45th minute gave them a lead they would hold until the final whistle. Playing with a depleted roster, the Fury's offense continually tested the Evergreen defense, but was unable to get through the line led by Joel Musa.
As I write this recap, it is rainy, cold, and miserable outside; this coming on the heels of one of the most beautiful days that we have had all year. It is oddly appropriate given the Philadelphia Union's latest results - some of the best all year – then moving into the loss to the New England Revolution.
Every week we "Monday morning manage" the previous Philadelphia Union games, talking about the major points in the game that changed momentum, led to goals and won or lost the points for the Union. This week, it is the double-header away to New York City FC and the home game against the New England Revolution that will be analyzed.
The Union blew a second half lead again, this time to New England Revolution. Rinse, lather, repeat.
Early this morning, ESPN published a piece from Graham Parker titled "Philadelphia Union have no shortage of heart but club's vision is lacking." It's a sobering read, and one that really rings true after the Union dropped three points at PPL Park to the New England Revolution in a 2-1 defeat.
Antoine Hoppenot drew two penalties, the first a red card on FC Montreal, and scored the game-winner in the second half in his first game with the City Islanders this season.
Antoine Hoppenot provided just the boost the Harrisburg City Islanders needed to get their season back on track Saturday night as the Union loanee drew a pair of penalties and scored a game-winner in his first game with the Union's USL affiliate Saturday night.
Poetry Corner Kicks asks: Who was that masked man?
Just a few days after a late goal gave the Philadelphia Union all three points, another late goal gives them a road point. Finally the late goals seem to be going the Union's way. The goal came from a mystery man- cloaked in mystique and shrouded in substitutionalism – the masked man from the bench!
The Philadelphia Union go from one I-95 Cup team to another, as the Revs travel down to Chester for a nationally-televised contest. Philly took 4 out of 6 points from their home-and-home-in-5-days with NYCFC, but with another match just 3 days later, can the blue-and-gold maintain their momentum?
Zach Pfeffer has been called up to the USMNT U-20 squad and will miss next week's match against Columbus.
The Philadelphia Union's midfield depth just got a little thinner, as Zach Pfeffer has been called up to the USMNT U-20 squad. Pfeffer will participate in the team's camp and friendlies against Qatar and Croatia in preparation for this summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The Union went to Yankee Stadium and seemingly finagled a point from NYCFC Thursday night on the road.
Following what had been a largely lackluster affair, C.J. Sapong ignited the Union with a wonderful volley turning a surefire 1-0 defeat into a 1-1 draw at Yankee Stadium. For a Union team that has so often dropped points this season in the closing minutes, the feeling of stealing one against New York City in the 85th minute must have been a gratifying one.
Not since PPL Park was graced by the presence of Roger Torres have the Union witnessed a more exciting young player.
In the second minute of the Union's match on Saturday, Sebastien Le Toux found himself on the left touchline with the ball at his feet. He dribbled into the final third, before cutting inside and finding Eric Ayuk on the right corner of the 18-yard box.
The U-14 defender will join the U.S. Under-15 team on a trip to Italy and Slovenia for the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni.
Philadelphia Union Academy Under-14 defender Rayshaun McGann received his third youth international call-up of the year to join the United States Under-15 Boy's National Team on a trip to Italy and Slovenia April 21-May 2.
U-18s draw and U-16 and U-14 teams both notch wins over DC United on Sunday.
Jack Skahan found a winner in the 80th minute to lead the Philadelphia Union Academy U-16 team to a 1-0 win over D.C. United Sunday afternoon. The win was the fourth straight for the team dating back to December, and moved them a point ahead of New York Red Bulls in the East Conference Atlantic Division standings.