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APRIL 14, 2012

By Fran Rubert


Well the Union were still looking for their first win of the season going into their fifth game of the season. Last game they locked into a 0-0 defensive home tie against Vancouver.

Injuries: Roger Torres will be out for 6 to 8 weeks with a torn MCL, Krystian Witkowski out with a concussion and Danny Califf out with hamstring strain.


Union starting line-up: Goalkeeper, Zac MacMath, defenders, Sheanon Williams, Raymond Gaddis, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan, midfielders, Brian Carroll, Keon Daniel,  Gabriel Gomez, Michael Farfan, forwards, Freddy Adu and Lionard Pajoy.


Columbus starting line-up: Goalkeeper, Andy Gruenbaum, defenders, Sebastien Miranda, Chad Marshall, Eric Gehrig, Shaun Francis, midfielders, Kirk Urso, Milovan Mirosevic, Eddie Gavin, Ethan Finlay, forwards, Olman Vargas and Aaron Schoenfeld.


First Half Highlights:

1:57 in Gabriel Farfan goes down in the box with an injury with #13. Both go off.  4:25 Columbus right side corner; Kirk Urso taking; cleared out over left touch line by Union. 6:26 Union left side corner taken by Freddy Adu; eventual right wing cross to Adu called for off-sides.


Pajoy chance at 9:00 but chest trap to heavy and Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenbaum covers. Union free kick at 10:15 played short. Brian Carroll shoots wide left off the clearance from 25 yards out at

11:30. Union right side corner at 15:53 taken by Adu; cross caught by keeper.


Another right side Union corner at 17:34; Adu taking; played short and lost possession.  Columbus direct free kick left side from corner of 18 at 21:16. Shot blocked for left side corner at 22:06; cleared out.  25:01 Gabriel Gomez for kicking ball away after Columbus given free kick from 40 yards out; kick headed wide for goal kick.


Freddy Adu’s right wing cross at 30:18 results in a corner after Eric Greg almost kicked ball into his own net.  Olman Vargas right wing cross goes wide at 34:05 for goal kick.  Penalty kick awarded at 36:56 after Gehrig  handles a right wing Freddy Adu cross in the box.  Gabriel Gomez scores on the kick to give the Union the 1-0 lead.


Carlos Valdes clears headed from the six yard box at 41:30. Three minutes of stoppage time added.  Left side corner Columbus at 43:39; cleared out for Union goal kick. Columbus free kick wide right 35 yards out, Kirk Urso takes, Carlos Valdes clears ball from inside the six.


Yellow card in extra time on Brian Carroll for foul on Olman Vargas 42 yards out in middle of defensive half.

First Half Statistics:

Shots: Union-1, Columbus-0. Corners: Union-4, Columbus-3.  Fouls: Union-8, Columbus-5. Off-sides: Union- 2, Columbus-0.






Standings: Eastern Conference                 Won      Loss       Tie          Pts.

Sporting Kansas City                           6         0         0         18

New York Red Bulls                             3          2         1         10

DC United                                          2          2         2           8

Houston Dynamo                                2          1         0          6

Columbus Crew                                  2          3          0          6

Chicago Fire                                       1          1          1          4

Montreal Impact                                 1          4          1          4

Philadelphia Union                               1          3          1         4

Toronto FC                                        0          5          0         0


Western Conference                           Won      Loss       Tie          Pts.

Real Salt Lake                                     5         2         0          15

San Jose Earthquakes                         4         1         1          13

Seattle Sounders                                3         1         1          10

FC Dallas                                            3         2         1          10

Colorado Rapids                                  3         3         0           9

Chivas USA                                         3         3         0           9

Vancouver Whitecaps                           2         1         2           8

Los Angeles Galaxy                              2         3         0           6

Portland Timbers                                 1          4        1            4




The Union made some major changes in the off season with the main one trading Sebastien LeToux to Vancouver and releasing goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon. In other moves they signed Greg Jordan, Raymon Gaddis plus supplemental picks Krystian Witkowski, Antoine Hoppennot and goalkeeper Chase Harrison.

In other transactions they signed goalkeeper Chris Konopka from Toms River, New Jersey and Cristhian Hernandez as a home grown player.





Sat. March 12: @ Portland. Lost 3-1. Goals: Gabriel Gomez.

Sun. March 18: L 2-1 Colorado.

Sat. March 24: L 1-0 @ Chicago Fire.

Sat. March 31: T 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps.

Sat. April 14: W 1-0 Columbus Crew.

Sat. April 21: @ Chivas USA.

Sat. April 28: vs. San Jose Earthquakes.

Sat. May 5: @ Seattle Sounders.

Sun. May 13: vs. New York Red Bulls.

Sat. May 19: @ FC Dallas.

Sat. May 26: @ Toronto FC.

Sat. June 16: vs. DC United.

Sat. June 23: vs. Sporting Kansas City.

Sat. June 30: @ Houston Dynamo.

Wed. July 4: @ Los Angeles Galaxy.

Sun. July 8: vs. Toronto FC.

Sat. July 14: vs. Montreal Impact.

Sat. July 21: @ New York Red Bulls.

Sun. July 29: vs. New England Revolution.

Sat. Aug. 4: @ Montreal Impact.

Sun. Aug. 12: vs. Chicago Fire.

Sun. Aug. 19: @ DC United.

Fri. Aug. 24: vs. Real Salt Lake.

Wed. Aug.29: vs. Columbus Crew.

Sat. Sept.1: @ New England Revolution.

Sat. Sept. 15:  @ Toronto FC.

Thurs. Sept.20:  vs. DC United.

Sun. Sept.23:  vs. Houston Dynamo.

Sat. Sept.29:  @ Columbus Crew.

Wed. Oct. 3: @ Chicago Fire.

Sat. Oct. 6: vs. New England Revolution.

Sat. Oct.20: @ Houston Dynamo.

Wed. Oct.24: @ Sporting Kansas City.

Sat. Oct. 27: vs. New York Red Bulls



2012 Union team starting line up versus Columbus.

Photo credit: Andrew King.

Photo Credit: Andrew King.


Union's Freddy Adu shielding the ball against Columbus.

Photo credit: Andrew King.

Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath.

Photo Credit: Fran Rubert.

PPL Park, Home of the Philadelphia Union.


Photo Credit: Fran Rubert