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Philadelphia Union Return with Home Opener Loss 3-1

Sebastian Le Toux scores the first goal of the season for the Philadelphia Union in their eventual 3-1 loss on Saturday to Sporting KC.

You could feel the excitement flowing through the brisk Chester air on Saturday afternoon.  There was an overwhelming amount of buzz (and traffic) abounding through the streets as fans gathered in droves to watch the Philadelphia Union kickoff their 2013 campaign.  After a disappointing 2012 season in which the team went 10-18-6 and failed to qualify for the MLS postseason, fans were more than ready to turn the page.  They welcomed the new season with open arms as the team took on Sporting Kansas City.

The Union season opener didn’t go quite as …

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The Supporter’s Report: A Week for the Philadelphia Union

Union Manager John HackworthThe Philadelphia Union’s bid for a second consecutive postseason ended in Columbus with a controversial 3-2 loss. Like most things in Ohio the Union left heartbroken and wondering what was next. John Hackworth’s side battled like they were at the Alamo. The Union was energetic from the beginning. The half empty Crew Stadium was nervous after the Crew came out flatter then road kill. Then in the 20th minute the Union was starting to be outmatched. Zac MacMath was tested by that counter attack and often after that. The Backline held with help from Captain Carlos Valdes, Rookie of the Year Candidate Ray Gaddis, Mr. Utility Sheanon Williams, and Johnny on the Spot Amobi Okugo.

The Union’s attacks were led by Danny Cruz out wide on the left flank. The usual bulldog attitude …

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The Supporter’s Report: A Week for the Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union LogoIt was a cold night on the banks of the Delaware River but, that’s not the coldest part of the night. Former Philadelphia Union player Lionard Pajoy did something that made him a quick fan favorite here in Philadelphia but he did it for the rival team. “Judas” was heard screamed by some fans. It was scored in the second half of a game that had trouble written all over it. With D.C. in the playoff hunt and a strong case to have a deep run into the playoffs and the Union struggling to even put together anything.

The game started like two new dance partners trying to find out who was leading. Only one shot on goal to start the first half made for a very quick run to the concession stands for fans …

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