2015 Philadelphia Union season

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Philadelphia Union
2015 season
OwnerJay Sugarman
Head CoachJim Curtin
StadiumPPL Park (Capacity: 18,500)
MLSConference: 9th
Overall: 18th
MLS Cup PlayoffsDid not qualify
U.S. Open CupRunners-up
Suncoast Pro ClassicChampions
Top goalscorerLeague: C. J. Sapong (9)
All: C. J. Sapong (9)
Highest home attendance18,883
(Aug. 1 vs. New York Red Bulls)
Lowest home attendanceLeague: 15,374
(June 3 vs. Columbus)
All: 5,782
(August 12 vs. Chicago)
Average home league attendanceLeague: 17,471
All: 15,714
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The 2015 Philadelphia Union season was the clubs sixth season of existence, and their sixth consecutive season in Major League Soccer, the top flight of American soccer.

Background[edit]

2014 MLS Regular Season[edit]

The 2014 Philadelphia Union MLS Regular Season saw the team go 10–12–12 finishing 6th in the Eastern Conference and 12th overall. The Union had a slow first half of the season, winning only 3 of their 16 games. Because of this, head coach John Hackworth was fired and Jim Curtin was named the club's interim head coach. Following the summer break, the Union saw better results, and were in a position to reach the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs. However, a loss to the Columbus Crew SC on October 11, 2014 put them out of the playoff race. After the season was over, the title "interim" was taken removed from Jim Curtin's title and is now the permanent head coach.

2014 U.S. Open Cup[edit]

The 2014 U.S. Open Cup was the most successful Open Cup in the club's history. The Union entered the competition in the fourth round along with the other 18 MLS clubs. In that round, the Union defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders, a team in the third tier of the American soccer pyramid, 3-1 after extra time. In the next round, the Union defeated the NASL team the New York Cosmos 2-1 after extra time. The Union then defeated the New England Revolution 2-0 in the quarterfinals and FC Dallas 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in the semifinals. In the final, the Union lost to the Seattle Sounders 3-1 after extra time.

Roster[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of August 29, 2015.[1]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Andre Blake (GA)  Jamaica
2 Defender Warren Creavalle  United States
5 Midfielder Vincent Nogueira  France
6 Forward Conor Casey  United States
7 Midfielder Brian Carroll  United States
8 Midfielder Maurice Edu (DP)  United States
9 Forward Sébastien Le Toux  France
10 Midfielder Cristian Maidana  Argentina
11 Forward Andrew Wenger (GA)  United States
13 Midfielder Michael Lahoud  Sierra Leone
14 Midfielder Eric Ayuk Mbu  Cameroon
15 Defender Ethan White  United States
16 Defender Richie Marquez  United States
17 Forward C. J. Sapong  United States
18 Forward Fernando Aristeguieta (DP; on loan from Nantes)  Venezuela
20 Midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin (HGP)  United States
23 Defender Steven Vitória (on loan from Benfica)  Portugal
27 Midfielder Zach Pfeffer (HGP)  United States
28 Defender Ray Gaddis  United States
29 Forward Antoine Hoppenot  United States
33 Defender Fabinho  Brazil
49 Goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre (on loan from Carolina RailHawks)  United States
55 Goalkeeper John McCarthy  United States
77 Midfielder Fred  Brazil
85 Midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta   Switzerland

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
4 Defender Austin Berry (on loan to FC Anyang)  United States
18 Goalkeeper Zac MacMath (on loan to Colorado Rapids)  United States
19 Forward Dzenan Catic (on loan to Carolina RailHawks)  Bosnia and Herzegovina
22 Midfielder Leo Fernandes (on loan to New York Cosmos)  Brazil
44 Midfielder Danny Cruz (on loan to Bodø/Glimt)  United States

Squad breakdown[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Name Nationality Position Date of Birth (Age) Signed From
Goalkeepers
1 Andre Blake Jamaica GK (1990-11-20) November 20, 1990 (age 28) United States UConn
49 Brian Sylvestre United States GK (1992-12-19) December 19, 1992 (age 26) United States Carolina RailHawks
55 John McCarthy United States GK (1992-07-04) July 4, 1992 (age 26) United States Rochester Rhinos
Defenders
2 Warren Creavalle United States FB/DM (1990-08-14) August 14, 1990 (age 28) Canada Toronto
8 Maurice Edu United States CB/DM (1986-04-18) April 18, 1986 (age 33) England Stoke City
15 Ethan White United States CB (1991-01-01) January 1, 1991 (age 28) United States D.C. United
16 Richie Marquez United States CB (1992-05-26) May 26, 1992 (age 26) United States Redlands
23 Steven Vitória Portugal CB (1987-01-11) January 11, 1987 (age 32) Portugal Benfica
28 Ray Gaddis United States RB (1990-01-13) January 13, 1990 (age 29) United States West Virginia University
33 Fabinho Brazil LB (1985-03-16) March 16, 1985 (age 34) Australia Sydney FC
Midfielders
5 Vincent Nogueira France MF (1988-01-16) January 16, 1988 (age 31) France Sochaux
7 Brian Carroll United States DM (1981-07-20) July 20, 1981 (age 37) United States Columbus Crew SC
10 Cristian Maidana Argentina AM/LW (1987-01-24) January 24, 1987 (age 32) Argentina Argentinos Juniors
13 Michael Lahoud Sierra Leone MF/DM (1986-09-15) September 15, 1986 (age 32) United States Chivas USA
14 Eric Ayuk Mbu Cameroon MF/RW/LW (1997-02-17) February 17, 1997 (age 22) Cameroon Rainbow FC Bamenda
20 Jimmy McLaughlin United States LW/RW (1993-04-30) April 30, 1993 (age 25) United States Colgate University
27 Zach Pfeffer United States MF (1995-01-06) January 6, 1995 (age 24) United States IMG Soccer Academy
77 Fred Brazil MF (1979-08-18) August 18, 1979 (age 39) Australia Melbourne Heart
85 Tranquillo Barnetta Switzerland MF (1985-05-22) May 22, 1985 (age 33) Germany Schalke 04
Forwards
6 Conor Casey United States ST (1981-07-25) July 25, 1981 (age 37) United States Colorado Rapids
9 Sebastien Le Toux France ST (1984-01-10) January 10, 1984 (age 35) United States New York Red Bulls
11 Andrew Wenger United States LW/ST (1990-12-25) December 25, 1990 (age 28) Canada Montreal Impact
17 C.J. Sapong United States ST/RW (1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 (age 30) United States Sporting Kansas City
18 Fernando Aristeguieta Venezuela ST (1992-04-09) April 9, 1992 (age 27) France Nantes
29 Antoine Hoppenot United States ST (1990-11-23) November 23, 1990 (age 28) United States Princeton University

Last updated: August 29, 2015.
Source: Philadelphia Union

Competitions[edit]

Preseason[edit]

MLS season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference standings[edit]
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
6 Toronto FC 34 15 15 4 58 58 0 49 Knockout round
7 Orlando City SC 34 12 14 8 46 56 −10 44
8 New York City FC 34 10 17 7 49 58 −9 37
9 Philadelphia Union 34 10 17 7 42 55 −13 37
10 Chicago Fire 34 8 20 6 43 58 −15 30
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
Overall standings[edit]
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
16 Real Salt Lake 34 11 15 8 38 48 −10 41
17 New York City FC 34 10 17 7 49 58 −9 37
18 Philadelphia Union 34 10 17 7 42 55 −13 37
19 Colorado Rapids 34 9 15 10 33 43 −10 37
20 Chicago Fire 34 8 20 6 43 58 −15 30
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
Notes:
  1. ^

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Philadelphia entered the 2015 U.S. Open Cup with the rest of Major League Soccer in the fourth round.[3]

Friendlies[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are from all MLS league matches.

Nat. No. Player Pos. Apps Starts G A Yellow card Red card Acquired
United States 2 CreavalleWarren Creavalle DF 2 1 0 0 0 0 SuperDraft
United States 3 LeeRaymond Lee DF 1 0 0 0 0 0 SuperDraft
France 5 NogueiraVincent Nogueira MF 20 17 5 0 5 0 Signed
United States 6 CaseyConor Casey FW 11 2 1 0 1 0 Re-Entry Draft
United States 7 CarrollBrian Carroll MF 19 18 0 0 2 0 Trade
United States 8 EduMaurice Edu MF 21 21 1 1 8 0 Signed
France 9 Le TouxSebastien Le Toux MF 24 21 6 4 3 0 Trade
Argentina 10 MaidanaCristian Maidana MF 24 21 1 14 1 1 Signed
United States 11 WengerAndrew Wenger MF 22 19 1 2 0 0 Trade
Sierra Leone 13 LahoudMichael Lahoud MF 12 9 0 0 2 0 Trade
Cameroon 14 Ayuk MbuEric Ayuk Mbu MF 22 9 2 2 3 1 Signed
United States 15 WhiteEthan White DF 13 11 0 0 2 0 Trade
United States 16 MarquezRichie Marquez DF 15 14 0 0 0 1 SuperDraft
United States 17 SapongCJ Sapong FW 21 14 7 4 2 0 Trade
Venezuela 18 AristeguietaFernando Aristeguieta FW 16 12 4 1 2 0 Loan
Bosnia and Herzegovina 19 CaticDzenan Catic FW 0 0 0 0 0 0 SuperDraft
United States 20 McLaughlinJimmy McLaughlin MF 1 0 0 0 0 0 Signed
Portugal 23 VitóriaSteven Vitória DF 13 13 0 0 2 0 Loan
United States 25 WilliamsSheanon Williams DF 17 15 0 2 3 0 Signed
United States 27 PfefferZach Pfeffer MF 20 10 2 1 0 1 Signed
United States 28 GaddisRay Gaddis DF 23 22 0 0 2 0 SuperDraft
United States 29 HoppenotAntoine Hoppenot MF 1 0 0 0 0 0 Supplemental Draft
Brazil 33 FabinhoFabinho DF 20 17 1 2 1 0 Signed
Brazil 77 FredFred MF 6 0 0 0 0 1 Signed
Switzerland 85 BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta MF 5 4 0 0 1 0 Signed
31 33 40 5

Goalkeepers[edit]

Nat. No. Player Apps Starts Record GA GAA SO Yellow card Red card Acquired
Jamaica 1 BlakeAndre Blake 2 2 1–1–0 1 0.50 1 0 0 SuperDraft
United States 49 SylvestreBrian Sylvestre 12 12 5-6–1 19 1.58 5 0 0 Signed
United States 55 McCarthyJohn McCarthy 8 8 1–4–3 15 1.88 1 0 0 Signed
Algeria 92 M'BolhiRais M'Bolhi 5 5 0-3-2 9 1.80 1 0 0 Signed
7-14-6 44 1.63 8 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Number Position Previous Club Fee/Notes
December 8, 2014 United States CJ Sapong 17 ST/RW United States Sporting Kansas City Traded for allocation money and a 2015 SuperDraft pick
January 16, 2015 Bosnia and Herzegovina Dzenan Catic 19 ST United States Davenport University 2015 MLS SuperDraft
January 16, 2015 United States Eric Bird 21 MF United States University of Virginia 2015 MLS SuperDraft
January 16, 2015 United States Raymond Lee 3 LB United States Saint Louis University 2015 MLS SuperDraft
March 3, 2015 Cameroon Eric Ayuk Mbu 14 MF Cameroon Rainbow FC Free
July 29, 2015 Switzerland Tranquillo Barnetta 85 MF Germany Schalke 04 Free
August 7, 2015 United States Warren Creavalle 3 DM Canada Toronto Acquired for a 2016 SuperDraft pick

Out[edit]

Date Player Number Position New Club Fee/Notes
December 8, 2014 United States Amobi Okugo 14 MF/CB United States Orlando City SC Traded for allocation money and a 2016 SuperDraft pick
December 8, 2014 United States Corben Bone 19 MF United States Wilmington Hammerheads Waived
December 8, 2014 Jamaica Brian Brown 17 ST United States Indy Eleven Waived
December 8, 2014 Mexico Cristhian Hernández 23 MF/FW Waived
December 10, 2014 Brazil Pedro Ribeiro 30 MF/FW United States Orlando City SC 2014 MLS Expansion Draft
February 14, 2015 United States Aaron Wheeler 12 ST/CB United States Wilmington Hammerheads Released
July 23, 2015 United States Sheanon Williams 25 RB United States Houston Dynamo Traded with an international slot for allocation money
July 27, 2015 Colombia Carlos Valdes 3 CB Colombia Santa Fe Mutual Termination
August 24, 2015 Algeria Rais Mbolhi 92 GK Turkey Antalyaspor Mutual Termination
August 29, 2015 United States Raymond Lee 3 LB Waived

Loan in[edit]

Date Player Number Position Loaned From
February 9, 2015 Portugal Steven Vitória 23 CB Portugal Benfica
February 20, 2015 Venezuela Fernando Aristeguieta 18 FW France Nantes
May 7, 2015 United States Brian Sylvestre 49 GK United States Carolina RailHawks

Loan out[edit]

Date Player Number Position Loaned To
January 6, 2015 United States Zac MacMath 18 GK United States Colorado Rapids
January 15, 2015 Brazil Leo Fernandes 22 MF United States New York Cosmos
February 6, 2015 Colombia Carlos Valdes 3 CB Uruguay Nacional
March 2, 2015 United States Austin Berry 4 CB South Korea FC Anyang
March 18, 2015 United States Danny Cruz 44 MF Norway Bodø/Glimt
May 15, 2015 Bosnia and Herzegovina Dzenan Catic 19 FW United States Carolina RailHawks

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Players". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  2. ^ "Tampa Bay Rowdies Announce First Set of 2015 Preseason Matches". Tampa Bay Rowdies. January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "102nd U.S. Open Cup Unveils Format, Record Number of Teams". ussoccer.com.