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A night to forget, Union fans endure defeat on two fronts

Posted on 07 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Courtesy PhiladelphiaUnion.com

It’s a double “DOOP” week but for all Union fans, last night was a double dose of defeat. The Union, after a dramatic Brian Carroll equalizer in extra time, fell 4-2 in penalty kicks to DC United to bow out early in Open Cup qualification. To make matters worse, less than an hour or so later, Amobi Okugo and Zac MacMath – on international duty with the US U-20s, fell to a resilient Guatemala. Arguably one of the most talented youth national teams in American history will be missing this summer’s World Cup in Colombia.

The silver lining? Okugo and MacMath return to club action as the Union gear up for the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at PPL Park. Piotr Nowak will be working with some tired players all around, however, as they went in to win this game.

The Union started (anyone that was there, please feel free to correct the opening tactical set-up):



———————–Carroll—————-M. Farfan———————–

Le Toux————————-Nakazawa—————————-Daniel


Bench: Holder, McInerney, Pfeffer, Richter, Agorsor, Torres, Mwanga

The only starters rested were Stefani Miglioranzi and Danny Mwanga. It was a back-and-forth affair for much of the first half with each side having chances. It wasn’t until a dangerous Sheanon Williams long throw-in fell to Carlos Ruiz on the back post in that the fun started. It was a 18th minute put back that started the Union off on the right foot. It wasn’t to be, however. Josh Wolff equalized right before halftime and then Valdes, right before the end of regulation, snapped up his second yellow card leaving the Union a man down and with 30 minutes of extra time. A defensive lapse in the 111th minute gifted a goal to Daniel Woolard of United, seemingly sealing the Union’s defeat and keeping them winless in USOC qualification. Brian Carroll made sure that wasn’t the case, at least extending the action a little longer with a last gasp strike that mirrored Danny Mwanga’s equalizer vs. FC Dallas last season. Highlights all here.

Into penalties it went and it didn’t take the Union long to concede defeat. Both Jack McInerney and Roger Torres failed

Courtesy MLSSoccer.com

to convert their penalty kicks, United went four for four, and the Union now had another season to concentrate solely on the regular season. Meanwhile, in Guatemala, Amobi Okugo and Zac MacMath were fighting for a World Cup berth. A win over hosts Guatemala in the quarterfinals would seal the deal. Unfortunately, the hosts weren’t fazed by the American favorites taking the early lead. Okugo showed some real impressive stuff, delivering a picture perfect throughball to Conor Doyle to equalize midway through the second half. Guatemala responded almost immediately and in spite of an American edge in scoring chances and close calls, they bowed out – becoming the first U-20 squad to miss World Cup qualification since 1995.

So, all in all, not a great day for Union fans but the prospect of redemption awaits. Saturday will be a marquee showdown between – as it stands now – two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Will tired legs play a part on Saturday or will a supercharged PPL Park rally the boys to three points? Preview of that match-up to come.

Sidenote: Both a local product (Stephen King, Shawnee HS, Medford, NJ) and a former Union player Fred started for United. Fred played after welcoming his second child into the world earlier that day. Also, for those that were there, please feel free to comment on individual player performances. We particularly would like to hear about Keon Daniel’s second appearance for the club and Michael Farfan, who operated in several positions throughout the game.


Philadelphia Union – Carlos Ruiz 18′ (Williams)

D.C. United – Josh Wolff 45′ (Ngwenya)

D.C. United – Daniel Woolard 111′

Philadelphia Union – Brian Carroll 118′

Penalty Kicks:

  • Philadelphia Union – Le Toux – made
  • D.C. United – Pontius – made
  • Philadelphia Union – McInerney – miss
  • D.C. United – Barklage – made
  • Philadelphia Union – Torres – saved
  • D.C. United – Najar – made
  • Philadelphia Union – Nakazawa – made
  • D.C. Uniited – Boskovic – made

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Open Cup Primer: Union look to get at least one step further in 2011

Posted on 04 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

It’s a double dose of DOOP in the week ahead as the Union will test their depth in both Open Cup and regular season play. Both teams are coming off of losses and on short rest so you can expect to see blend of starters and reserves. Nowak hasn’t been as vocal as last season about how he is going to treat the Open Cup in 2011 but hopefully, however he decides to go about it, the outcome is different.

Philadelphia Union at DC United
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 7:30PM
Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

Game Notes:

The Union are looking to bounce back after a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles. The Galaxy were coming off a 4-1 loss to Real Salt Lake and DC United on Sunday will be coming off a similar result as they were punished by the Colorado Rapids (defending MLS champs) for a second half defensive lapse.

The Union have only given up one goal in their first three games of the season but the offense has only produced two. Despite their lack of production, the Union still sit atop the Eastern Conference with six points. Their attacking performance in Los Angeles, however, was anemic to say the least. No shots. Not a good habit to get into. 

United’s Open Cup luck worked for them yet again, scoring “homefield” advantage at Maryland SoccerPlex after an early March coin toss. DC hasn’t played a road game in Open Cup qualification or the tournament proper in almost four years.  

Last season, in their first Open Cup qualifying match vs. the Red Bulls, the Union failed to show up on all ends losing 2-1 in a lackluster affair. Rookie Conor Chinn, no longer with New York, scored two goals before the end of the first half to give the Red Bulls enough of a lead to hold on to. An injury scare to Sebastien Le Toux was the biggest event of the match for the Union as he was stretchered off late in the game.  

A win over DC would be the first of three possible Open Cup qualifiers. The next match, however, would be played at PPL Park (or a smaller local venue) vs. the New England Revolution. The last and final qualifier would be against the winner of Kansas City or Houston.  

United has won the Open Cup title twice, most recently in 2008.

Personnel Notes:

The Union should be particularly aware of Blake Brettschneider, a rookie that earned his first MLS minutes after an impressive reserve league appearance. He wasn’t outmatched and created United’s best chance in their 4-1 loss to the Rapids. If given the chance, he could be this season’s Conor Chinn. Fellow rookie Chris Korb, an Akron product, had a decent showing at fullback for United as well.

Everybody’s favorite American striker (and sadly, a United player) Charlie Davies sat out Sunday’s loss to Colorado due to a groin injury but the club is confident he’ll be ready for the Open Cup match up. He could play a big part if healthy.

An unlikely Man of the Match came out of Saturday’s loss to Los Angeles for the Union. Trinidad and Tobago international Keon Daniel was a huge bright spot on the wing for the Union after coming in for Danny Mwanga early in the second half. Daniel should see a start in Wednesday night’s match-up, as should another Saturday substitute standout Roger Torres. Despite the late ejection of Jack McInerney on Saturday, the suspension doesn’t carry over into Open Cup play. Jack Mac should get the start, especially if Sebastien Le Toux and his nagging ankle injury are rested ahead of this coming Saturday’s showdown with the Red Bulls.

Amobi Okugo and Zac MacMath will miss their third club match as the US U-20 MNT continue their quest for a World Cup berth. DC United will be missing Perry Kitchen, a starter early on, for the same reason. The U-20s play Guatemala in Guatemala City in the Quarterfinals at 10:00PM EST on April 6th. If won, the semifinal will fall on April 8th with the final scheduled for the 10th. It’s a long stretch for the youngsters. In their group clinching win, a 2-0 result over Panama, MacMath grabbed the shutout while Amobi Okugo was tethered to the bench, preventative care as Okugo – having picked up a yellow card in the last match – didn’t want to risk suspension for the quarterfinals and beyond.

Former Union player Fred should see an extended run vs. his former team on Wednesday night. He was a second-half sub in United’s 4-1 loss to Colorado after most of the damage had already been done.

Quote of the week goes to United’s stand-in goalkeeper Pat Onstad when asked about the 4-1 loss to Colorado: “It was an absolute full kick in the nards”. Hopefully the traveling Union supporters (a whole slew of them we hear) and the Union can deliver another “kick in the nards” come Wednesday night.

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UPDATE: Union to head to D.C. in first Open Cup qualifying match

Posted on 24 February 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Get ready for an extra road trip down I-95.

UPDATE (2/28/2011): United has won the coin toss and an away trip (most likely in mid to late April) to RFK Stadium it is. DC maintains their streak of having not had to play an away Open Cup related match in 5 years now. The rest of the Union’s Open Cup qualification schedule looks like this:

Once the Union beat DC, they advance to face New England at HOME. The winner of that moves on to the last play-in, a showdown with either Houston or Kansas City. All dates to be announced shortly.


According to Steve Goff at the Washington Post, the Union will face D.C. United in the first round of US Open Cup qualification. United hasn’t played an Open Cup-related match on the road for almost four years so based on their past luck, one could expect an away draw for the Union. The possibility of hosting the match, however, is 50/50 as a coin toss to be held on Monday will decide the location of the game. If last year is any indication, the qualification process for Major League Soccer teams will start in late April an Nowak will look to take it seriously as he did last year. The only problem with Nowak’s approach was the fact that the Union left Harrison after last year’s qualification match vs. the New York Red Bulls with an injured Sebastien Le Toux.  

This would be one of three USOC qualifiers that the Union would have to win just to make the tournament, a tough road that will add to an already crowded fixture list with the addition of four games in the regular season. The expansion of the roster to 30 should help alleviate any congestion the USOC qualifiers cause but it will be interesting to see how Nowak approaches the Open Cup qualification process in 2011.

The Union were one and done last year after travelling up to Red Bull Arena and losing 2-1 only three days after losing to them by the same score several days before in regular season play. It was an undeniably lackluster performance that left the 50-75 Union supporters that made the trip up midweek a bit disappointed.

It would be nice for a home tie but we’ll have to wait until Monday to find out.

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Photo gallery: RBNY 3, Rapids 0

Posted on 28 May 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 3-0 US Open Cup win over the Colorado Rapids May 26 at Red Bull Arena.

A few of our favorite shots follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). The full set can be viewed on our Facebook page. If you’re already a fan of our’s on Facebook go directly to the gallery here.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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Hans Backe on the 3-0 USOC victory over Colorado

Posted on 27 May 2010 by ASN Staff

New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe answered reporters questions immediately after the team’s May 26 victory over the Colorado Rapids, a win that puts the Red Bulls in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.

Discuss the game on our forum.

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Midweek MLS (well, sort of) wrap

Posted on 27 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Chris Pontius ©ASN

Major League Soccer sides were in action Wednesday night, though not for league games. At Red Bull Arena, the New York Red Bulls trounced the Colorado Rapids 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In the nation’s capital, DC United actually won a match and did so in entertaining style over AC Milan of all sides. “We had a point to prove tonight,” said Chris Pontius, who had a part in United’s first two goals. “We owe all of our fans for the way we started [the season].”
Chris Snear reports on that match.

For MLS purists, there will be a league match-up on ESPN2 tonight, when FC Dallas host the Chicago Fire.

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Woly does it again, notches brace as Baby Bulls trounce Rapids

Posted on 26 May 2010 by ASN Staff

John Wolyniec scored his third and fourth goals of the U.S. Open Cup qualifying campaign and the New York Red Bulls coasted to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids at Red Bull Arena Wednesday night. With the victory the Red Bulls advances to the tournament’s third round, where they will play later this summer against a team yet to be determined.

Listen to Hans Backe’s postmatch press conference here. Be sure to check out the photo gallery from the match as well.

The Red Bulls wasted no time, taking the lead in the 11th minute after Wolyniec redirected an Irving Garcia cross past Rapids goalkeeper Ian Joyce. Hopefully Garcia’s start does not preclude him from starting with the “first” team when they play at New England in MLS action Saturday.

The Bulls doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime. This time it was Tony Tchani who found Wolyniec, who rifled a right-footed shot into the back of the net.

The home side settled matters 11 minutes safter the restart, this time through Conor Chinn.

Woly tees off ©Scott Marsh/ASN

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 3, Colorado Rapids 0
May 26, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup MLS Qualifying Round
Attendance: 2,637

Scoring Summary:
NY: John Wolyniec 3 (Irving Garcia 1, Sinisa Ubiparipovic 2) 11’
NY: John Wolyniec 4 (Tony Tchani 1) 43’
NY: Conor Chinn 3 (unassisted) 56’

Disciplinary Summary:
COL: Jeff Larentowicz (caution) 12’
COL: Wells Thompson (caution) 54’
NY: Seth Stammler (caution) 77’
COL: Danny Earls (red card, ejection) 86’


New York Red Bulls – Greg Sutton (GK), Roy Miller (Danleigh Borman 46’), Luke Sassano, Carlos Mendes (Mike Petke 46’), Chris Albright, Jeremy Hall, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Tony Tchani, Irving Garcia (Seth Stammler 68’), John Wolyniec (Dane Richards 68’), Conor Chinn

Substitutes not used: Bouna Coundoul, Tim Ream, Juan Pablo Angel

Colorado Rapids – Ian Joyce, Marvell Wynne, Julien Baudet (Michael Holody 53’), Drew Moor, Danny Earls (Ejected 86’), Ross LaBauex, Jeff Larentowicz (Mehdi Ballouchy 46’), Claudio Lopez, Wells Thompson (Omar Cummings 70’), Colin Clark, Quincy Amarikwa (Andre Akpan 46’)

Substitutes not used: Chris Sharpe, Scott Palguta

Referee: Niko Bratsis
Referee’s Assistants: Claudio Badea, Albert Calise
4th Referee: Lee Suckle

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MLS mid late week mashup

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Patrick McShane

Houston Dynamo at Real Salt Lake, May 13, 2010 ©Julie Harper/ASN

Real Salt Lake played host to the Houston Dynamo Thursday night in MLS’ marquee midweek match-up on ESPN2. The home team dominated much of the proceedings and came away deserved winners. The victory brings RSL even on points with the South Texas side in the Western Conference standings. ASN’s Patrick McShane was at Rio Tinto Stadium and filed the following match report. Be sure to also check out the photo gallery (©Julie Harper/ASN)

The previous night at a sparsely-populated Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., a two-goal performance by John Wolyniec keyed a 3-0 New York Red Bulls win over the sparsely-populated New England Revolution in a U.S. Open Cup play-in match. With the victory the Red Bulls advance to face the Colorado Rapids in the final qualifier on May 26. Hopefully both the visiting side and the home fans will be a bit more numerous.

New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls, May 12, 2010 ©Scott Marsh/ASN

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was one of the 1,935 in attendance and filed a number of shots. A few of our favorites are on the RBNY page, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). The full set can be viewed on our Facebook page. If you’re already a fan of our’s on Facebook go directly to the gallery here. (©Scott Marsh / ASN)

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Photo gallery: RBNY 3, Revs 0 (US Open Cup)

Posted on 13 May 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 3-0 US Open Cup preliminary round win over the New England Revolution May 12 at Red Bull Arena.

A few of our favorite shots follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). The full set can be viewed on our Facebook page. If you’re already a fan of our’s on Facebook go directly to the gallery here.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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Thursday audio update

Posted on 13 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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