2010 Philadelphia Union season

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Philadelphia Union
2010 season
Owner Keystone Sports & Entertainment, LLC
Coach Peter Nowak
MLS Eastern Conference: 7th
Overall Table: 14th
MLS Cup Did not qualify
Top goalscorer Sebastien Le Toux (14)
Highest home attendance

34,870 (at Lincoln Financial Field vs. DC)

18,779 (at PPL Park vs. LA)
Average home league attendance 19,254
Home colors
Away colors

The 2010 Philadelphia Union season is the first season of the team's existence.

Background[edit]

Review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Philadelphia Union defeated the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, 0-5, in their first ever pre-season match on February 13, 2010, in Greensboro, N.C.

On February 28, during a pre-season tour of Mexico, The Union played to a 2-2 draw against the Chivas de Guadalajara reserves. Two days later, The Union defeated Mexican second-division side Universidad de Guadalajara 0-1.

On March 14, the Union played their first friendly against an MLS opponent, losing 2-0 to FC Dallas in a match played in Tampa, Florida. Five days later, in their final pre-season friendly, The Union played the Tampa Bay Rowdies (a fellow first-year expansion club, albeit in the second-division NASL) and lost 1-0.

March[edit]

Philadelphia began their first Major League Soccer regular season on the road with a nationally-televised match against Seattle Sounders FC on March 25, 2010.[1] Union central defender Danny Califf received the first booking in Union history, by receiving a Yellow Card 33 seconds into the match.

Rookie Toni Ståhl (playing out of position at the other center back) was the first Union player to be sent off, after being booked in the 22nd and 37th minutes.

Two first half goals from Brad Evans and Fredy Montero were too much for the ten-man Union, as they went down to defeat 2-0 in their first match, in front of a crowd of over 36,000 rabid Seattle fans—and about 100 hearty Sons of Ben who made the trip.

After the game, the Union released Costa Rican defender David Myrie, and sent Ståhl out on loan to their USL-2 affiliate, Harrisburg.

April[edit]

Philadelphia's first home match was on April 10, against D.C. United. The Union scored a 3-2 victory with a hat-trick by Sebastian Le Toux in front of a crowd of just under 35,000 at their temporary home, Lincoln Financial Field. The Union was bolstered by the signing of defender Cristian Arrieta from the Puerto Rico Islanders earlier in the week.

On April 15, the Union began a four-game league road trip with a visit to Toronto FC. This was TFC's home opener and the first match played on BMO Field's new natural grass surface. The Union dropped the match 2-1 thanks to a first-half red card from captain Danny Califf and a late penalty. The Union showed heart being a man down for the majority of the match after pulling back a goal through Jordan Harvey.

The Union then played rival New York Red Bulls twice in four days at Red Bull Arena. First, on the 24th in a league match, the Union dropped a second straight 2-1 decision. After pulling into a tie thanks to Sebastien Le Toux, the Union again were made to suffer loss from a defensive blunder which led to a game-winning penalty. Later in the week, the Union again faced the New York Red Bulls, but this time in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifier. The winner of that cup tie would host New England Revolution in the next round of qualifying, May 12. The Union was again on the losing side of a 2-1 scoreline with Sebastian Le Toux scoring a late goal to make things interesting after the Union had trailed 2-0 at the half. The Union were given their first major injury scare when leading scorer Sebastian Le Toux was carried off the field with what appeared to be a major knee injury. The Union were eliminated from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

May[edit]

The Union continued their long road trip on May 1 against the league-leading and undefeated Los Angeles Galaxy. The Union were outclassed, giving up a goal in the first minute and ultimately trailed the match 3-0 at the half. Midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi was red-carded in the 44th minute. The Union played the entire second-half a man-down and held the Galaxy scoreless. The Union notched a goal through Jack McInerney, his first professional goal, making the final score 3-1.

The Union concluded their first major roadtrip on May 8 against defending MLS Cup Champion Real Salt Lake. The Union would lose the game 3-0, a scoreline which did not accurately reflect the competitiveness of a game played mostly in the midfield.

On May 15, the Union returned home to Philadelphia to play FC Dallas before a crowd of just over 25,000 at Lincoln Financial Field. The Union went behind early, but showed great attacking flair and were kept scoreless only thanks to the heroics of FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. Late in stoppage time in the second half, the Union's number one draft-pick Danny Mwanga struck a beautiful volley into the lower left corner of the net to give the Union an important tie. Sebastian Le Toux returned to play for the first time since late April after recovering from a knee injury.

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

Match results[edit]

      Win       Loss       Tie

Pre-Season Friendlies[edit]

MLS regular season[edit]

The Union are 8-15-7 overall, 6-3-6 at home, 5-3-5 at PPL Park, 2-12-1 on the road.

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

League table[edit]

Conference

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 New York Red Bulls 51 30 15 9 6 38 29 +9
2 Columbus Crew 50 30 14 8 8 40 34 +6
3 Kansas City Wizards 39 30 11 13 6 36 35 +1
4 Chicago Fire 36 30 9 12 9 37 38 −1
5 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 33 41 −8
6 New England Revolution 32 30 9 16 5 32 50 −18
7 Philadelphia Union 31 30 8 15 7 35 49 −14
8 D.C. United 22 30 6 20 4 21 47 −26
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs


Overall

Major League Soccer
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy2 (W1) 59 30 18 7 5 44 26 +18
2 Real Salt Lake3 (W2) 56 30 15 4 11 45 20 +25
3 New York Red Bulls3 (E1) 51 30 15 9 6 38 29 +9
4 FC Dallas2 50 30 12 4 14 42 28 +14
5 Columbus Crew3 (E2) 50 30 14 8 8 40 34 +6
6 Seattle Sounders FC2 48 30 14 10 6 39 35 +4
7 Colorado Rapids2 46 30 12 8 10 44 32 +12
8 San Jose Earthquakes3 46 30 13 10 7 34 33 +1
9 Kansas City Wizards 39 30 11 13 6 36 35 +1
10 Chicago Fire 36 30 9 12 9 37 38 −1
11 Toronto FC1 35 30 9 13 8 33 41 −8
12 Houston Dynamo 33 30 9 15 6 40 49 −9
13 New England Revolution 32 30 9 16 5 32 50 −18
14 Philadelphia Union 31 30 8 15 7 35 49 −14
15 Chivas USA 28 30 8 18 4 31 45 −14
16 D.C. United 22 30 6 20 4 21 47 −26
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2011 U.S. Open Cup, 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League2
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2011 U.S. Open Cup
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs
  • ^Note 1 - Toronto FC cannot qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, as it is a Canadian-based team. If they qualify for an automatic berth into the U.S. Open Cup, the next highest placed team not already qualified will be given a berth. Similarly, they cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through MLS. Rather, they can qualify through the Canadian Soccer Championship. If they qualify for the Champions League through MLS, then the highest placed team not already qualified will qualify.
  • ^Note 3 - 2011 SuperLiga berths are awarded to the top 4 finishing teams from MLS who do not qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.


Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
30 31 8 15 7 35 49 −14 6 3 6 22 16 +6 2 12 1 13 33 −20

Last updated: October 24, 2010
Source: [7]
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ground A H A A A A H A A A H A H H H H A H H A A H H A H A H H H A
Result L W L L L L T W L L W T L W T L L T T L W T W L W L W L W L
Position 13 10 12 13 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 12 12 14 15 15 15 15 15 15 13 13 12 12 13 13 13 14

Last updated: October 24, 2010.
Source: MLS Results & League table
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Squad[edit]

The Starting XI in the season finale against the Columbus Crew on Oct. 24, 2010.

As of August 31, 2010.[8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Chris Seitz
2 United States DF Jordan Harvey
3 Colombia DF Juan Diego González
4 United States DF Danny Califf (captain)
6 Brazil MF Stefani Miglioranzi
7 Brazil MF Fred
8 United States MF Andrew Jacobson
9 France FW Sébastien Le Toux
10 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Danny Mwanga
11 United States MF Shea Salinas
12 Finland DF Toni Ståhl
13 United States MF Kyle Nakazawa
No. Position Player
14 United States MF Amobi Okugo
15 Venezuela FW Alejandro Moreno (vice-captain)
16 United States DF Michael Orozco Fiscal (on loan from San Luis)
17 United States MF J.T. Noone
18 United States GK Brad Knighton
19 United States FW Jack McInerney
20 Colombia MF Roger Torres (on loan from América de Cali)
21 Argentina MF Eduardo Coudet
22 United States MF Justin Mapp
23 United States MF Nick Zimmerman
25 United States DF Sheanon Williams
26 Puerto Rico DF Cristian Arrieta

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are from all MLS matches. Ages are as of March 25, 2010 (the date of their season opener).

Nat No Player Age Pos Apps Starts G A Booked Red card Acquired Salary
 USA 2 HarveyJordan Harvey 1984128 (1984-01-28)January 28, 1984 (aged 26) DF 30 29 1 1 3 0 Expansion Draft $56,250
 COL 3 GonzálezJuan Diego González 19800922 (1980-09-22)September 22, 1980 (aged 29) DF 7 7 0 0 0 0 Signed N/A
 USA 4 CaliffDanny Califf 19800317 (1980-03-17)March 17, 1980 (aged 30) DF 28 28 0 1 3 1 Signed $250,000
 JAM 5 ThomasShavar Thomas* 19810129 (1981-01-29)January 29, 1981 (aged 29) DF 1 0 0 0 1 0 Expansion Draft $159,375
 BRA 6 MiglioranziStefani Miglioranzi 19770920 (1977-09-20)September 20, 1977 (aged 32) MF 26 25 0 0 4 1 Expansion Draft $148,125
 BRA 7 FredFred 19790818 (1979-08-18)August 18, 1979 (aged 30) MF 25 24 4 1 6 0 Trade $282,000
 USA 8 JacobsonAndrew Jacobson 19850924 (1985-09-24)September 24, 1985 (aged 24) MF 25 13 0 0 3 0 Expansion Draft $40,000
 FRA 9 Le TouxSébastien Le Toux 19840110 (1984-01-10)January 10, 1984 (aged 26) FW 28 28 14 11 0 0 Expansion Draft $122,000
 COD 10 MwangaDanny Mwanga 19910717 (1991-07-17)July 17, 1991 (aged 18) FW 24 17 7 4 0 0 SuperDraft $206,250 (GA)
 USA 11 SalinasShea Salinas 19860624 (1986-06-24)June 24, 1986 (aged 23) MF 17 7 1 0 0 0 Expansion Draft $40,000
 FIN 12 StåhlToni Ståhl 19850511 (1985-05-11)May 11, 1985 (aged 24) MF 1 1 0 0 1 1 SuperDraft $110,300
 USA 13 NakazawaKyle Nakazawa 19880316 (1988-03-16)March 16, 1988 (aged 22) FW 14 8 0 0 2 0 SuperDraft $40,000
 USA 14 OkugoAmobi Okugo 19910313 (1991-03-13)March 13, 1991 (aged 19) FW 11 4 0 0 0 0 SuperDraft $158,000 (GA)
 VEN 15 MorenoAlejandro Moreno 19790708 (1979-07-08)July 08, 1979 (aged 30) FW 26 25 2 7 1 0 Expansion Draft $158,125
 USA 16 Orozco FiscalMichael Orozco Fiscal 19860207 (1986-02-07)February 07, 1986 (aged 24) DF 29 29 2 0 5 1 On Loan $200,000
 USA 17 NooneJ. T. Noone 19880717 (1988-07-17)July 17, 1988 (aged 21) MF 0 0 0 0 0 0 Signed N/A
 USA 19 McInerneyJack McInerney 19920805 (1992-08-05)August 05, 1992 (aged 17) FW 17 1 3 0 1 0 SuperDraft $116,416 (GA)
 COL 20 TorresRoger Torres 19910713 (1991-07-13)July 13, 1991 (aged 18) MF 21 10 0 6 4 0 On Loan $99,125
 ARG 21 CoudetEduardo Coudet 19740912 (1974-09-12)September 12, 1974 (aged 35) MF 9 9 0 0 0 0 Signed N/A
 CRC 21 MyrieDavid Myrie* 19880601 (1988-06-01)June 01, 1988 (aged 21) DF 1 1 0 0 1 0 Expansion Draft N/A
 USA 22 MappJustin Mapp 19841018 (1984-10-18)October 18, 1984 (aged 25) MF 15 10 1 4 1 0 Trade $280,000
 USA 23 ZimmermanNick Zimmerman 19870503 (1987-05-03)May 03, 1987 (aged 22) MF 8 0 0 0 0 0 Expansion Draft $40,000
 USA 25 WilliamsSheanon Williams 1990317 (1990-03-17)March 17, 1990 (aged 20) DF 8 8 0 0 0 0 Signed N/A
 PUR 26 ArrietaCristian Arrieta 19790908 (1979-09-08)September 08, 1979 (aged 30) DF 16 15 0 0 5 0 Signed $64,500
35 35 41 5

* = Not currently part of team.

Goalkeepers[edit]

Nat No Player Age Apps Starts Record GA GAA SO Acquired Salary
 USA 1 SeitzChris Seitz 19870312 (1987-03-12)March 12, 1987 (aged 23) 23 22 5-12-6 41 1.80 0 Trade $135,500
 USA 18 KnightonBrad Knighton 19850206 (1985-02-06)February 06, 1985 (aged 25) 8 8 3-3-1 8 1.00 2 Expansion Draft $40,000
 USA 24 PerkBrian Perk* 19890721 (1989-07-21)July 21, 1989 (aged 20) 0 0 0-0-0 0 0 0 SuperDraft $86,350
 USA ? CeperoDanny Cepero* 19850422 (1985-04-22)April 22, 1985 (aged 24) 0 0 0-0-0 0 0 0 Emergency Loan ?
31 30 8-15-7 49 1.63 2

* = Not currently part of team.

Transfers[edit]

In

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
26 Puerto Rico DF Cristian Arrieta (Free agent from Puerto Rico Islanders) [9]
21 Argentina MF Eduardo Coudet (Free agent from Club Atlético Colón) [10]
22 United States MF Justin Mapp (Traded from Chicago Fire) [11]
17 United States MF J. T. Noone (Free agent from Harrisburg City Islanders) [12]
3 Colombia DF Juan Diego González (Free agent from Deportivo Pereira)[13]
25 United States DF Sheanon Williams (Free agent from Harrisburg City Islanders) [14]
 ? United States GK Danny Cepero (Emergency loan from Harrisburg City Islanders)

[15]

Out

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
21 Costa Rica DF David Myrie (Released on waivers) [16]
5 Jamaica DF Shavar Thomas (Traded to Kansas City Wizards) [17]
24 United States GK Brian Perk (Released on waivers) [18]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "MLS clubs' 2010 Home Openers unveiled" (Press release). Major League Soccer. September 24, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ Philadelphia Union Communications (2010-02-13). "Union Win First Exhibition Match". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  3. ^ Philadelphia Union Communications (2010-02-28). "Union Tie Chivas de Guadalajara". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  4. ^ Philadelphia Union Communications (2010-03-02). "Union Top Universidad de Guadalajara". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  5. ^ Philadelphia Union Communications (2010-03-14). "Union Fall to FC Dallas 2-0 in Exhibition". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Standings". MLSsoccer.com. 2011-10-22. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ Philadelphia Union Sign Cristian Arrieta, retrieved 2 July 2010 
  10. ^ Union Sign Midfielder Eduardo Coudet, archived from the original on 23 July 2010, retrieved 23 July 2010 
  11. ^ Union Acquire Midfielder Justin Mapp, archived from the original on 30 October 2010, retrieved 22 November 2010 
  12. ^ Union Sign Midfielder J. T. Noone, archived from the original on 3 August 2010, retrieved 30 July 2010 
  13. ^ González Gives Union Defensive Depth 
  14. ^ Union Acquire D/M Williams, archived from the original on 2 September 2010, retrieved 31 August 2010 
  15. ^ Cepero to Dress for Union Wednesday, retrieved 10 February 2012 
  16. ^ Philadelphia Union Release Dave Myrie, retrieved 30 July 2010 
  17. ^ Shavar Thomas Traded to Kansas City, archived from the original on 3 July 2010, retrieved 2 July 2010 
  18. ^ Union Waive Goalkeeper Brian Perk, archived from the original on 2 August 2010, retrieved 30 July 2010 

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