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Union close preseason friendlies with emphatic 5-0 win

Posted on 02 March 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The Union will train for another week or so in Greece (ending their stay on March 10th) but played their last announced friendly earlier today and after a scoreless but dominant first half, the youngsters took charge and the put the game away in the second. Jack McInerney and newly signed attacker Chris Agorsor led the way with two goals a piece against Hersonissos FC, a third division Greek squad, and with time winding down, Danny Mwanga added the fifth. Roger Torres and Kyle Nakazawa helped the process of opening the floodgates as the Union ended their last scheduled game of the preseason with a bang.

The Union finish their preseason friendly schedule 3-1-2 as they prepare to head to Houston in only two and a half weeks. Sebastien Le Toux dominated last year’s preseason scoring but in 2011, the workload was certainly evenly distributed. Le Toux (despite not taking part in the Greek friendlies) had company in the scoring department this preseason scoring two goals along with youngsters Jack McInerney, Chris Agorsor, and Danny Mwanga. There’s a lot of hope with the maturity of the younger attackers and the addition of a poacher like Carlos Ruiz that the Union’s offense will not stop with just Le Toux and Mwanga this season.  

Scoring Summary:

PHI – Chris Agorsor 1 (Jack McInerney) 48′
PHI – Jack McInerney 1 (Roger Torres) 55’
PHI – Jack McInerney 2 (Roger Torres) 75’
PHI – Chris Agorsor 2 (unassisted) 82’
PHI – Danny Mwanga 2 (Kyle Nakazawa) 84’

Preseason Rundown:
February 6th – vs. USMNT U-17s (1-1 draw, Le Toux)
February 10th – vs. South Florida (2-0 win, Le Toux, Mwanga)
February 13th – vs. Central Florida (1-0 win, Pfeffer)
February 19th – vs. Orlando City SC (1-0 loss)
February 28th – vs. Ergotelis FC (1-1 tie, C. Ruiz)
March 2nd – vs. Hersonissos FC (5-0 win, McInerney 2, Agorsor 2, Mwanga)

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Calm before the storm for the Union as 2011 closes in

Posted on 21 December 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The news continues  to roll in – though light in nature – as we approach 2011. We’re here to recap it for you…

The Union have bolstered their front office lineup with some pretty impressive hirings. Former Piotr Nowak teammate and USMNT international Diego Gutierrez joins as head of scouting and player development and longtime NJ high school soccer coaching legend Rick Jacobs was plucked from St. Benedict’s Prep where he enjoyed 6 national titles and a hand in the development of former players like Claudio Reyna and Greg Berhalter. Jacobs will operate as Vice President of Operations. Gutierrez joining the front office was something that was relatively imminent throughout the 2010 season. Two ambitious additions. It will be great to see what comes of it. The hiring of Jacobs is already paying dividends. A former St. Benedict’s player, Greg Ramos, who runs the Lehigh Valley Soccer Club just “teamed up” with the Union as one of six youth affiliates. You’ll notice a little tidbit in that link provided by Ramos himself. “We have eight players being looked at as possibly being in the Philadelphia Union system”.

December also saw the departure of goalkeeper Chris Seitz and midfielder Fred to FC Dallas (through Seattle) and New England respectively. There must be moves lined up to sit back and watch Shea Salinas, Alejandro Moreno, Fred, and Seitz leave but one thing is for sure, the Union have some cap-room. The allowance of Seitz to move to FC Dallas seemingly makes way for 39-year old Bundesliga and Turkish league vet Faryd Mondragon to join shortly. His current squad, FC Koln, is already lining up possible replacements in Markus Proll and Michael Rensing. Rumors have placed the announcement of Mondragon at tomorrow. Returning to the departures, the loss of Fred to us is a big one. He certainly didn’t justify his contract in his first season but there were glimpses of former DC United Fred and another year in Nowak’s system possibly could have done the trick or at least upped his production a bit.

Both Amobi Okugo and Jack McInerney continue to endure a very limited offseason, starring for the US Under-20 side throughout November and December. Okugo has been rock solid in the middle and there’s even a little chatter about what it would be like to test him in central defense. McInerney is scoring – and that’s always a good sign. Jack Mac tallied for the Generation Adidas side on their trip to Spain and struck vs. Canada in the first leg of a two-game series vs. the Canadian Under-20s. Undoubtedly, the usage of Okugo and McInerney will increase exponentially in 2011 as they continue to mature.

And last but not least, your First Kick schedule was released yesterday – on time, I might add. The Union will travel to Houston on March 19th before returning to Philadelphia a week later for an afternoon game vs. the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps (and Shea Salinas…) in an afternoon game on the Delaware River. See below for the full fixture list:

Tuesday, March 15

Seattle Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, March 19

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC, time TBD

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.

New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 7:30 p.m.

FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire, 8:30 p.m.

Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union, 8:30pm

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers, 9 p.m.

Chivas USA vs. Sporting Kansas City, 10:30 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 20

LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 26

Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City, 4 p.m.

Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls, 4 p.m.

Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 4 p.m.

Toronto FC vs. Portland Timbers, time TBD

New England Revolution vs. D.C. United, time TBD

Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy, 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 14

Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire, 11 p.m.

Thursday, June 9

Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire, time TBD

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Trio of Union GAs head off to Spain

Posted on 30 November 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Danny Mwanga, Jack McInerney, and Amobi Okugo left for Spain yesterday with the Generation Adidas squad to spend the next 10 days or so going toe to toe with some of the best youth talent in Spain. Okugo, specifically, will be working double duty after having played apart in the US Under-20s matches with Colombia and Mexico, two losses decided by penalty kicks.

FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman will head up the team of Generation Adidas players after a season that saw the Hoops land in the MLS Cup finals, a relatively shocking development for Dallas fans. The fixture list will consist of Real Madrid on Thursday (Dec 2), Rayo Vallecano next Tuesday (Dec 7), and Atletico Madrid next Thursday (Dec 8).

Goalkeepers – Stefan Frei (Toronto FC), Sean Johnson (Chicago)

Defenders – Jeremy Hall (Portland), Ike Opara (San Jose)

Midfielders – Corben Bone (Chicago), Danny Cruz (Houston), Dilly Duka (Columbus), Luis Gil (RSL), Baggio Husidic (Chicago), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Tony Tchani (New York)

Forwards – Juan Agudelo (New York), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Peri Marosevic (FCD), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia), Danny Mwanga (Philadelphia), Andrew Wiedeman (FC Dallas)

Some are recent graduates of the Generation Adidas program but 13 of the 15 currently under a GA contract will be making the trip. It should be nice to see Jack Mac, Okugo, and Mwanga back in action. Check out MLSSoccer.com occasionally as there should be video of the trip.

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Photo Gallery: Chivas de G. visit PPL Park

Posted on 03 September 2010 by Breton Bonnette

ASN Philly’s Terry McLaughlin was on hand to document the atmosphere that was Chivas de Guadalajara vs. your Philadelphia Union.

Jack Mac scores yet again

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A baby-faced Union cut their teeth against Chivas

Posted on 01 September 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The Union outlasted visitors Chivas de Guadalajara, 1-0, in a chippy affair all thanks to a Jack McInerney finish and a Brad Knighton acrobatics show. It must have something to do with these Wednesday night international friendlies. The Goats looked the better team for much of the game but a resilient Union midfield helped the Zolos overcome their first in-season international foe. Sebastien Le Toux and Alejandro Moreno were rested as expected for Saturday’s match against Kansas City with Andrew Jacobson and Nick Zimmerman each getting a shot at starting. The back four were left unchanged from Saturday’s win over New England making it clear that Nowak believes, as do the masses, they need the most work.

The pace was frenetic early on, matching the intensity of the ever-present Sons of Ben. It was Chivas, however, creating most of the dangerous chances from the get-go and as if on cue, a defensive mishap in the 3rd minute led to a spectacular acrobatic attempt on net from future Kansas City Wizard Omar Bravo. No luck on breaking Brad Knighton but it was an outright warning of what will hit the Midwest in 2011. Not long after, the Union defense was left exposed. An attack, again led by Bravo, took advantage of a Jorge Gonzalez miscue and almost had a break on a goal. Surprisingly, Bravo sent in a relatively harmless ball that trickled through the penalty box. The Goats continued to pressure the Union defense with Knighton coming up big on several occasions. Fred and Eduardo Coudet helped fuel what little attack Philadelphia could muster but it was the Goats who ended the first half feeling a bit hard-done to not have grabbed the lead.

There were whole changes at the half with only Michael Orozco Fiscal and Knighton sticking around. Right out of the gate, though, the replacements delivered. In the 48th minute, Jack McInerney proved his equalizer vs. New England wasn’t just a flash in the pan. A pretty interplay between Roger Torres and Justin Mapp in the middle led to Mapp and McInerney linking up yet again. The youngster timed his run perfectly and Mapp put a through ball right on his feet. McInerney collected calmly and slotted the ball past Sergio Arias. After the goal, Chivas collected themselves and the game resumed its back and forth nature. The lull in  action allowed Union fans a good look at an incredibly young Union lineup. The first glimpse of new signing Sheanon Williams, a pacy fullback from affiliate club Harrisburg, was a positive one as he showed he wasn’t too shy about getting forward into the attack. Fellow City Islander J.T. Noone, aside from a rocky first touch, also left good impressions on the Union faithful. Aside from McInerney’s early goal, however, the highlight of the half was the introduction of one of Philadelphia’s most promising young talents. Youth national team standout and Philadelphia native Zachary Pfeffer had everyone doing a double take on the roster sheet when it was distributed in the press box. The 15-year old from Dresher, PA and recent call-up to Wilmer Cabrera’s got his chance in the 82nd minute after coming in at right midfield. With a crowd of family and friends in the front row, the FC Delco product got his chance in the spotlight and he fit right in.

The Union youngsters held out admirably in the late going, countering late Chivas surges and keeping the final score at 1-0. Nowak admitted to a little luck being involved but was impressed overall with the ability to get the goal and defend against a relatively organized and in-form attack. It was nice to see the new faces but when it comes to the starting eleven, expect the same old battle against late goals and defensive gaffes to stand front and center on Saturday.

Much more to come including photos, quotes, and player ratings…

Philadelphia Union Starting XI


Orozco F.————-Califf (C)———————-Gonzalez——————-Harvey




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Player Profile: Jack McInerney

Posted on 24 March 2010 by stoma



Position: Forward

Born: August 5, 1992

Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia

Height: 5’8

Weight: 155

Previous Team: Cobb Futbol Club (Atlanta) & US U-17 Men’s National Team

How Acquired (Union): Selected with 7th overall pick in 2010 MLS SuperDraft on January 14, 2010


2010 with Philadelphia: 17 games played, 3 goals scored in MLS play, 1 in international play

Did You Know?

  • McInerney was targeted as a top US prospect from an early age, playing for the US U-15 National Team at age 13.  He was also selected to undergo a week of training at the West Ham United Youth Academy in London, England the following year.
  • Playing for the US U-17 Men’s National Team  at the 2009 U-17 World Cup in Nigeria, McInerney scored 2 goals, including the sole goal in a 1-0 win against United Arab Emirates.
  • As a Generation Adidas signee, McInernary does not count against the Union’s salary cap.  Generation Adidas is a program designed to identify and support promising young American players.
  • Jack was originally tagged for the U-17 team by then-coach John Hackworth, who is currently an assistant coach for the Union.
  • McInerney was the youngest player selected in this year’s SuperDraft.

Coach’s Comments

  • Wilmer Cabrera (U-17 Head Coach): “He’s smart and that’s why he finds the goal. He knows what his strengths are, he doesn’t do too much. Jack’s simple and effective, he’s not a showman.” (Soccer America)

Media Scouting

  • Our readers voted McInerney as the most impressive player thus far in our March poll.
  • “Without question, the selection of McInerney — one made possible by a trade with D.C. United — is a surprise as it represents a longer-term project for the Union than the two previous picks. At just 5-8, McInerney is better suited to a second striker role, and he has the ability to take players one-on-one in the attacking half.” (ESPN Soccernet)


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Union ties a blended Chivas squad, 2-2 [Updated]

Posted on 28 February 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The Union took a blended Chivas squad (first-team, reserve, and U-20s) on at the same MultiGol complex they recently played the Atlas U-20 squad, losing 3-1 on Thursday, February 26th and finishing the game with only 8 players.

It was a different story this morning, however. This is all pulled from a shoddy translation so please refer to the Chivas press release and correct me if I’m way off. They played 2 halves of 40 minutes each, no word on tactics, personnel (except for the goalscorers). Chivas struck first and the Union were on the backpedal most of the first half. They came out in the second half, however, with renewed vigor – pushing forward and attacking the Chivas net. The pressure led to a five-minute double salvo with two rookies, Jack McInerney (3rd of the postseason) and J.T. Noone (undrafted, Temple trialist) putting the Union in front for the first time. The Goats were able to equalize half way through the second half all thanks to Marco Fabian.

FINAL: Philadelphia 2, Chivas 2

11:30AM, Sunday, February 28th


Omar Arellano (CHV) 16th minute

Jack McInerney (PHL) second half (Zimmerman assist)

J.T. Noone (PHL) second half (Stahl assist)

Marco Fabian (CHV) 60th minute

If you can take any more out of that press release, please add it in the comment section! We are less than a month away from first kick…are you ready yet?

NOTE: If you haven’t seen it already, the Union have announced the forming of partnerships with area youth soccer clubs. Check to see if your old club team is one of the 18! The partnerships will include clinics, game day experiences, and all sorts of other good stuff.

UPDATE: The Union’s formal release on the 2-2 tie.

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