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Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia Union 2010.svg
Full name Philadelphia Union
Nickname(s) The U
Founded February 28, 2008; 7 years ago (2008-02-28)
Stadium PPL Park
Chester, Pennsylvania
Ground Capacity 18,500
Owner Keystone Sports & Entertainment, LLC
Head Coach Jim Curtin
League Major League Soccer
2014 Eastern Conference: 6th
Overall: 12th
Playoffs: DNQ
U.S. Open Cup: Runner-up
Website Club home page
Current season

The Philadelphia Union is an American professional soccer team based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area which competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). The team plays their home matches at PPL Park, a soccer-specific stadium located in Chester, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Delaware River. Jim Curtin is the Union's head coach.

History[edit]

Drive for expansion[edit]

Despite being one of the ten largest metropolitan areas in the country and a top-five media market, the Philadelphia area was not represented when Major League Soccer kicked off in 1996. The first effort to bring soccer to the Delaware Valley commenced in 2001, when a group of investors attempted to bring an MLS franchise to Trenton, New Jersey. The centerpiece of their efforts was a $31 million soccer-specific stadium to be built across the street from the Sun National Bank Center and with access to the under-construction NJ Transit River Line.[1] The proposed Trenton MLS team was to have been named "Union FC." However, MetroStars (now New York Red Bulls) held the right to block a franchise in Trenton, as it would infringe on their 75-mile competition-free zone.

Five years later, plans were in place to construct a 20,000-capacity stadium on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. The stadium would serve as the home field for both an MLS expansion club and Rowan's football team.[2] Ultimately, $100 million in state bonds to fund the stadium and various other improvements on the Rowan campus were dropped by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine. Shortly after the Rowan proposal fell through, Keystone Sports & Entertainment (the group that would eventually own the Union) looked at a site underneath the Commodore Barry Bridge in Chester, Pennsylvania to develop a soccer-specific stadium.

In 2007, the Sons of Ben supporter group formed and began advocating for Major League Soccer to award Philadelphia an expansion team. They are credited with convincing the league that the area already had an established fan base for soccer.[3]

Major League Soccer added Philadelphia as its sixteenth team on February 28, 2008.[4] The finalization of the club was the result of a $47 million package approved by Delaware County politicians and Pennsylvania governor, Ed Rendell, that included the cost of PPL Park and a major urban renewal project.[5]

In December 2009, the Union added the Reading Rage youth soccer organization as their official minor league affiliate in the USL Premier Development League. As a result, the Rage were rebranded as "Reading United A.C." with a new logo and colors for the 2010 PDL season.[6] In the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, the Union selected forward Danny Mwanga from Oregon State University as the number one pick, as well as sixth and seventh picks Amobi Okugo from UCLA and Jack McInerney from the U.S. U-17 National Team in the first round.[7] In March 2010, the Union signed an affiliation agreement with the Harrisburg City Islanders of the United Soccer League.[8] And in January 2012, the Union formed their first international partnership with Deportivo Saprissa of the Costa Rican Primera División.[9]

Inaugural season[edit]

The Union's first game was played on March 25, 2010, in which they lost 2–0 to Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field, the first game of the 2010 Major League Soccer season.[10] Sébastien Le Toux became the first player to score a goal for Philadelphia in their home opener on April 10, 2010, a 3–2 win over D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field.[11] The team again played Seattle Sounders FC for the first match at PPL Park on June 27, 2010. Le Toux scored the Union's initial goal at the venue from a penalty kick, which was instrumental to their 3–1 victory. All 12,000 season ticket packages for 2010 were sold prior to this opener.[12] At the end of the inaugural season the Union finished 7th in the Eastern Conference and 14th overall in the league with a record of 8-15-7 (W-L-T).

Piotr Nowak era (2010–2012)[edit]

The Union picked up three players in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Most notably, Zac MacMath, who was the fifth overall draft pick. On January 11, 2011 the Union acquired shirt sponsor Bimbo Bakeries USA. On January 20, Philadelphia introduced two new players: Colombians Faryd Mondragón (GK) and Carlos Valdés (D). Mondragón had recently come from playing with F.C. Cologne in the German Bundesliga, and has at least 50 caps with the Colombian National Team. Valdés came from Club Independiente Santa Fe in the Colombian First Division, where he served as captain before coming to Philadelphia. The Union also signed during the summer transfer window US International Freddy Adu. The team made a complete turnaround in the 2011 season, finishing 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 8th overall in the league with a record of 11-8-15 (W-L-T) scoring 44 goals and allowing 36. This marked the 1st time the Philadelphia Union qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Union had a stellar start of the season that saw them win 4 and only lost 1 of their first six league games. In the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs the Unions lost the 1st leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semi-finals 2-1 at home on October 30, 2011 with the 1st playoff Union goal coming from Sebastien Le Toux. The Union then lost the 2nd leg 1-0 on November 3, 2011 against the future MLS Cup finalist Houston Dynamo.[13]

Sébastien Le Toux was the Union's first goal scorer

John Hackworth era (2012–2014)[edit]

John Hackworth took over the Union as interim coach on June 13, 2012 and was given the permanent title on August 30, 2012. Hackworth's tenure saw the reinstatement of several younger players, most notably Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo into more regular roles for the team. The Union finished their 3rd season 8th in the Eastern Conference and 15th overall in the league with a record of 10-18-6 (W-L-T), scoring 37 goals and allowing 45. The highlight of the year was on June 23, 2012 when the Union defeated Sporting Kansas City in MLS regular season play, 4-0. Sporting Kansas City was the best team in the Eastern Conference at the time. Antoine Hoppenot, selected in the third round of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft was quickly recognized as the most productive weapon off the bench. Hoppenot netted four goals within 817 minutes of play. PPL Park was the site of the 2012 MLS All-Star Game in which the MLS All-Stars defeated English Premier League giants Chelsea FC, 3–2.[13] The Union also made it to the semi-finals of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after defeating U.S.L Rochester Rhinos 3-0 in the 3rd round and winning against DC United on the road 2-1 (aet) in the 4th round. They then went on to defeating U.S.L affiliate team Harrisburg City Islanders 5-2 in the Quaterfinals. The Union's U.S Open Cup run eventually stopped against the future 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion Sporting Kansas City 0-2 at PPL Park on July 11, 2012.

The 2013 offseason was one in which the technical staff, under John Hackworth tried to undo many of the mistakes that were made under former Manager Nowak. Defender Jeff Parke, a native of the Philadelphia area was brought in to solidify a leaky backline, fan favorite Sébastien Le Toux returned in a deal that sent young forward Josue Martinez to the New York Red Bulls and the Union signed former US International Conor Casey. Gabriel Gomez and Porfirio Lopez, both brought in to the team under Nowak were waived immediately following the 2012 season, but salaries and guaranteed compensation for these players still remained a financial handcuff. In a shocking move, the Union traded wunderkind Freddy Adu to Esporte Clube Bahia for former Manchester United midfielder Kléberson in May. Despite this adversity and ongoing challenges with the roster, in 2013, the Union spent the season near the top of the Eastern Conference standings for much of the season. Ultimately they failed to reach the playoffs for a second consecutive year. It was a season in which the club compiled its best ever win record (12) when it finished 7th in the Eastern Conference and 14th overall in the League with a record of 12-12-10 (W-L-T). The Philadelphia Union lost in the 4th Round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to the eventual winner DC United 1-3.

Coming into the 2014 season, the Union were widely perceived to have "won" the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, which was held in Philadelphia. The Union traded allocation money in order to take the first overall pick, which was used on goalkeeper and Jamaican international Andre Blake. They then traded down multiple times in order to select Coastal Carolina University midfielder Pedro Ribeiro. Other new, preseason acquisitions included United States international and Stoke City loanee Maurice Edu, French midfielder Vincent Nogueira, Argentinian midfielder Cristian Maidana, and former MLS Rookie of the Year defender Austin Berry. Despite these additions, the Union floundered out of the gate, winning just 2 of their first 14 games, posting a record of 2-7-5 (W-L-T). On April 20, 2014 Union traded forward Jack McInerney to Montreal Impact for winger and Lancaster native Andrew Wenger. However fans and management quickly grew tired of this string of results, and on June 10, 2014 John Hackworth was relieved from his duties as Head Coach.

Jim Curtin era (2014–present)[edit]

Picking up the pieces after Hackworth's tenure was a difficult request of interim coach Jim Curtin but with just two losses until late September and a drive to the Union's first chance at a major trophy, he earned the removal of the interim tag following the season.[14] Although failing to make the playoffs, the Union reached the Finals of the 2014 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time in the club's history. Through their run to the finals the Union won against U.S.L. club affiliate Harrisburg City Islanders 3-1 (aet) in the 4th round. The Philadelphia Union then hosted NASL New York Cosmos in the 5th round who they defeated 2-1 (aet). In the Quaterfinals they again played host to the New England Revolution which they defeated 2-0. They then went to play and beat FC Dallas in Frisco Texas in a 4-3 penalty shootout. They faced in the Finals eventual 2014 Supporters Shield winners Seattle Sounders FC.[15] Going into extra time at PPL Park the game was tied 1–1 but the Union would lose out on their first trophy 3-1. The Union finished 6th in the Eastern Conference and 12th overall in the League with a record of 10-12-10 (W-L-T). At the end of the 2014 MLS season, the Union were awarded the MLS Fair Play award for being the club with the fewest fouls in the 2014 season.[16]

During the 2015 offseason, the Union traded for forward C.J. Sapong from Sporting Kansas City. They also traded long time defensive midfielder Amobi Okugo to Orlando City S.C. Other new preseason acquisitions included F.C. Nantes loanee Fernando Aristeguieta, S.L. Benfica loanee Steven Vitoria and free agent Cameroonian 18-year-old midfielder Eric Ayuk. During the 2015 MLS SuperDraft the Philadelphia Union drafted forward Dzenan Catic from Bosnia & Herzegovina, midfielder Eric Bird and defender Raymond Lee. During the expansion draft Orlando City S.C. drafted Union midfielder Pedro Ribeiro. Despite all the offseason transactions, the Union only registered 1 win in their first 10 league games with a record of 1-6-3 (W-L-T). During that stretch they benched Union starting goalkeeper and International Algerian Rais M'Bolhi who they had signed in the summer of 2014 after an awful game against Sporting Kansas City on April 5, 2015. In a press conference in May 13, 2015 coach Jim Curtin declared that he had no plan to ever play M'Bolhi at goalkeeper for the Philadelphia Union and that the team would look to trade the keeper during the summer transfer window.[17] After registering a 4 games losing streak between April 19, 2015 and May 9, 2015, the Union were able to win 3 out 4 games in May and beginning of June. Two of those victories were against Eastern conference leader and rival DC United and rival NY Red Bulls (1st victory for the Union at Red Bull Arena). At the halfway point of the season though the Union posted a record of 4-10-3 (W-L-T).

During the 2015 summer transfer window, the Union traded long time defender Sheanon Williams to the Houston Dynamo for allocation money which they used to sign International Swiss midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta on July 29, 2015. Following the 2014 run to the U.S. Open Cup Finals, the Philadelphia Union are going back to the Finals of 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup where they will play host of Sporting Kansas City at PPL Park on September 30, 2015. Through their run to the finals the Union defeated in the 4th Round U.S.L Rochester Rhinos (0-0 (aet), (3-1 p). Then in the 5th round playing with 10 men for over 60 minutes the Union came back from a goal deficit to beat DC United 2-1 at PPL Park. The Quarterfinals saw the Union going to Red Bull Arena to play the NY Red Bulls and again playing with a man down after Conor Casey's red card in the 40th minute of the game, the Philadelphia Union were able to defeat the NY Red Bulls 4-3 in a penalty shootout. In the last game before the finals they played host of the 4 times U.S. Open winner Chicago Fire which they defeated 1-0 on August 12, 2015 .

Colors and badge[edit]

Join, or Die Benjamin Franklin was recycled to encourage the former colonies to unite against British rule
This cartoon by Benjamin Franklin was the inspiration behind the Union's brand

On May 11, 2009, the Philadelphia Union's name, crest, and colors were officially announced during a ceremony held at Philadelphia City Hall. "Union" alludes to the union of the Thirteen Colonies, of which Philadelphia was the first capital.[18] The name was chosen following a fan poll held between January 19, 2009 and February 6, 2009; the other three options were AC Philadelphia, SC Philadelphia, and Philadelphia City.[19][20]

The Union's colors are navy blue and gold, representing the primary colors of the Continental Army's uniforms during the American Revolutionary War. The team's crest is circular, symbolizing unity. Its thirteen gold stars represent the original Thirteen Colonies, while the shield's contour derives from the Philadelphia coat of arms. The rattlesnake pays homage to the "Join, or Die" political cartoon by Benjamin Franklin that was featured in the 1754 Pennsylvania Gazette, and is also reminiscent of the Gadsden flag, another Revolutionary icon. The light blue in the middle of the crest is a tribute to the Sons of Ben, and is further derived from the civic flag of Philadelphia.[21] Coincidentally, the navy blue, gold, and light blue colors of the Union are also the predominant colors in the state flags of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The team's secondary logo is a simplified version of the aforementioned design comprising the blue shield with the rattlesnake, augmented with a gold border and a ribbon bearing the team's official motto: "jungite aut perite", a Latin translation of the phrase "join or die", which was also used in the 1754 Benjamin Franklin political cartoon mentioned above.[22]

In February 2013, the team unveiled a third uniform that harks back to Bethlehem Steel F.C., one of the most successful early American soccer clubs.[23][24][25] The kit is primarily black with white trim and features a sublimated Union emblem and a Bethlehem Steel F.C. jock tag.[26][27]

Kit evolution[edit]

Home, away, and third kits.

  • Home
2010-2011
2012-2013
2014-
  • Away
2010-2011
2012-2014
2015-
  • Third/special
2011-2012
2013-2014

Stadium[edit]

A view of PPL Park from the River End supporters section.

The Union play most of their games at PPL Park, an 18,500-seat soccer-specific stadium located at the southwesterly corner of the Commodore Barry Bridge (U.S. Route 322). The structure was designed by Rossetti Architects and the ICON Venue Group, with the actual construction contracted to the Ardmore, Pennsylvania-based T.N. Ward Company. PPL Park's design allows clear views of the Delaware River for approximately sixty percent of its spectators, and is the centerpiece of Chester's urban renewal process. The Union trains at YSC Sports in Wayne, Pennsylvania, a community located 17 miles north of Chester.[28]

In addition to PPL Park, the Union also plays select games at Lincoln Financial Field, the home stadium of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles and the NCAA's Temple University Owls football team. Prior to the completion of PPL Park, the Union played their home opener at Lincoln Financial Field on April 10, 2010 against D.C. United as well as their May 15 match against FC Dallas. Originally just scheduled to play only the home opener at Lincoln Financial Field, the second game was played there due to construction delays at PPL Park. Lincoln Financial Field remains the team's secondary home, for matches with anticipated high attendances, such as a friendly against Manchester United, during their 2010 tour of North America.[29] For the home opener, the team limited ticket sales to the lower bowl and club sections, totaling about 37,500 seats.[30] On June 27, the Union officially opened their home with a 3–2 win over Seattle Sounders FC.[31] Lincoln Financial Field also hosts international friendlies involving teams other than the Union; the most recent being Real Madrid against the Scottish Premier League's Celtic FC in August 2012. Celtic FC met with the Union in their first international friendly in July 2010.

Training facility[edit]

The Philadelphia Union training fields are right outside PPL Park; Chester, Pennsylvania. The training complex features 2 grass fields that were constructed in fall 2014. Prior to having dedicated training fields, the Union was practicing at a nearby municipal park called Chester Park or directly at PPL Park.[32]

Youth development[edit]

USL Team[edit]

On August 19, 2015, the team announced that they would operate a reserve team in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that will compete in the United Soccer League (USL) starting in 2016 with matches being played at Lehigh University's Goodman Stadium.[33] As a part of the announcement, the Union agreed to dissolve their partnership with the Harrisburg City Islanders.[34]

YSC Academy[edit]

The Philadelphia Union opened its own private school called YSC Academy on September 3, 2013. It is located in Wayne, Pennsylvania and is designed for student-athletes the club aims to groom for professional soccer. The initial 33 pupils already had experience playing for one of the Union's academy and Juniors teams.[35]

Club culture[edit]

Supporters[edit]

Grassroots support was instrumental to the founding of the Philadelphia Union and the construction of PPL Park. This backing came in the form of a supporters group known as the Sons of Ben, which was founded in January 2007. The Sons of Ben petitioned Major League Soccer to expand to the Philadelphia market until the official expansion announcement was made in January 2008. Named for Founding Father and Philadelphia icon, Benjamin Franklin, the group was included in the expansion press conference, singing their anthem, "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover", and closing the event by presenting scarves to the ownership group.[36] They were also present on May 11, 2009 for the naming ceremony at City Hall.[37]

While the Sons of Ben are the predominant and official supporters group, smaller supporters groups also exist. These include the Tammany Saints (sections 101 and 133), the IllegitimateS (section 133), the Corner Creeps (section 134), the Bridge Crew (sections 120–121),[38] La Union Latina (section 114),[39] and the Bearfight Brigade.[citation needed]

The Sons of Ben cheering on the Union from the River End

Rivalries[edit]

The Philadelphia Union's primary rivals are D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls.[40] These rivalries exist primarily because of geographical proximity and the traditional animosities between the metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City in other professional sports leagues. The Union also have a bit of a rivalry with Seattle Sounders FC despite the 2,377 miles (3,825 km)[41] between Philadelphia and Seattle. The cross-country feud started when the Philadelphia Union played its inaugural MLS game in Seattle. It continued when PPL Park's first-ever home game pitted the club against Seattle. The rivalry culminated as they were regularly compared to the 2009 expansion Sounders FC during their inaugural 2010 season as noted by defender Danny Califf, "Last year there was all this measuring of us against Seattle in their inaugural year, so maybe it created a bit more of a rivalry. They're a good team coming in here, and after the start they had they'd really like to take it to us."[42]

  • Figures correct as of August 16, 2015. Includes all competitive matches

M = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;

Club M W D L Win %
D.C. United 18 7 3 8 38.89
New York Red Bulls 17 6 2 9 35.29
New York City FC 3 1 1 1 33.33

Matches played include all league, cup and playoff games. The win percentage is calculated from the total of games.

Sponsorship[edit]

On January 11, 2011, the Philadelphia Union announced a four-year agreement with Bimbo Bakeries USA to be its official jersey sponsor. The company's U.S. headquarters is located in the Philadelphia suburb of Horsham, Pennsylvania, thus providing local and global exposure to the team. It was also announced that Bimbo will be the official bread and baked goods partner of both the Union and Major League Soccer, as well as an overall league sponsor.[43] The sponsorship deal is valued at about $12 million.[44] Bimbo and the Union agreed in 2014 to renew their sponsorship arrangement for five years at an annual value of $2.3 million.[45]

On November 26, 2014, the Union announced the Milton, Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewery as their official beer sponsor.[46] The deal includes the establishment of a beer garden at PPL Park.

Broadcasting[edit]

The Union's matches are locally televised by Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and The Comcast Network. WPVI-TV, Philadelphia's ABC affiliate, also airs a limited number of matches, primarily Saturday afternoon kickoffs that do not conflict with ABC network programming. WPVI's matches also aired on WQMY in the Scranton/Wilkes Barre and Williamsport areas for the first two seasons. The Union no longer are seen on broadcast television in this market. Only games on Comcast SportsNet, ESPN, and NBCSN can still be seen there. JP Dellacamera calls the play-by-play with former Philadelphia KiXX goalkeeper Peter Pappas calling the color commentary. Former U.S. women's national team player Heather Mitts serves as the sideline and pre-game reporter. Select matches are also nationally broadcast on ESPN2, NBC and the NBC Sports Network, and in Spanish on Telefutura. As of the start of the 2015 season, all English-speaking nationally-televisied games will appear on Fox and ESPN and their affiliates, and Spanish broadcasts will appear on Univision and UniMas as NBC decided not to re-sign the league to a deal for the future.

During 2012 MLS season, seventeen select home and road matches were broadcast on SportsRadio 610 WIP. The Union also collaborated with WIP on a weekly hour-long soccer show.[47] The Union host a weekly radio show, 90th Minute, broadcast on 610 AM WTEL each Tuesday.[48]

Players and staff[edit]

For details on former players, see All-time Philadelphia Union roster.

Current roster[edit]

As of August 29, 2015.[49]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Blake, AndreAndre Blake (GA)     Jamaica
2 Defender Creavalle, WarrenWarren Creavalle      United States
5 Midfielder Nogueira, VincentVincent Nogueira      France
6 Forward Casey, ConorConor Casey      United States
7 Midfielder Carroll, BrianBrian Carroll      United States
8 Defender Edu, MauriceMaurice Edu (DP)     United States
9 Forward Le Toux, SébastienSébastien Le Toux      France
10 Midfielder Maidana, CristianCristian Maidana (DP)     Argentina
11 Forward Wenger, AndrewAndrew Wenger      United States
13 Midfielder Lahoud, MichaelMichael Lahoud      Sierra Leone
14 Midfielder Ayuk, EricEric Ayuk      Cameroon
15 Defender White, EthanEthan White      United States
16 Defender Marquez, RichieRichie Marquez      United States
17 Forward Sapong, C. J.C. J. Sapong      United States
18 Forward Aristeguieta, FernandoFernando Aristeguieta (DP; on loan from Nantes)     Venezuela
19 Forward Catic, DzenanDzenan Catic      Bosnia and Herzegovina
20 Midfielder McLaughlin, JimmyJimmy McLaughlin (HGP)     United States
21 Midfielder Bird, EricEric Bird      United States
23 Defender Vitória, StevenSteven Vitória (on loan from Benfica)     Portugal
27 Midfielder Pfeffer, ZachZach Pfeffer (HGP)     United States
28 Defender Gaddis, RayRay Gaddis      United States
29 Forward Hoppenot, AntoineAntoine Hoppenot      United States
33 Defender Fabinho, Fabinho      Brazil
49 Goalkeeper Sylvestre, BrianBrian Sylvestre (on loan from Carolina RailHawks)     United States
55 Goalkeeper McCarthy, JohnJohn McCarthy      United States
77 Midfielder Fred, Fred      Brazil
85 Midfielder Barnetta, TranquilloTranquillo Barnetta       Switzerland

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
4 Defender Berry, AustinAustin Berry (on loan to FC Anyang)     United States
18 Goalkeeper MacMath, ZacZac MacMath (on loan to Colorado Rapids)     United States
22 Midfielder Fernandes, LeoLeo Fernandes (on loan to New York Cosmos)     Brazil
44 Midfielder Cruz, DannyDanny Cruz (on loan to Bodø/Glimt)     United States

Current staff[edit]

As of January 2015 [50]
Position Staff Nation
Head coach Jim Curtin  USA United States
Technical director and assistant coach Chris Albright  United States
Assistant coach Mike Sorber  United States
Assistant coach B.J. Callaghan  United States
Goalkeeping coach Paulo Grilo  Portugal
Head athletic trainer Paul Rushing  United States
Academy director Tommy Wilson  Scotland

Head coaches[edit]

This list includes all those who have managed the club since 2010, when the club joined Major League Soccer for the first time, whether coaching on a full-time or interim basis. Games played include all League, Cup, Playoff, and the win percentage is calculated from the total of games.

  • Figures correct as of August 22, 2015. Includes all competitive matches

M = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;

Name Nat From To M W D L Win Notes
Piotr Nowak  Poland May 28, 2009 June 13, 2012 78 22 32 24 28.21% -
John Hackworth  United States June 13, 2012 June 10, 2014 77 26 32 19 33.77% Interim coach through August 30, 2012
Jim Curtin  United States June 10, 2014 present 54 22 19 13 40.74% Interim coach through November 7, 2014

Ownership[edit]

The team is owned by Keystone Sports & Entertainment, a group of investors led by Jay Sugarman, chief executive of iStar Financial. The other investors include Christopher Buccini, Robert Buccini, and David Pollin – co-founders of the Buccini/Pollin Group; William Doran, a Philadelphia lawyer employed by the SEI Investments Company; James Nevels; the founder of the Swarthmore Group and a long-term veteran of the securities and investment industry; Paula Mandle, the chief executive officer of the Swarthmore Group; and Nick Sakiewicz, a Major League Soccer veteran formerly employed with the New York Red Bulls and the defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny.[51][52][53]

Honors[edit]

Records[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Standings MLS
Cup Playoffs
U.S.
Open Cup
CONCACAF
Champions League
Manager Top Scorer Average Attendance
MLS
Season
Team
Season
GP Pts W L T Conf. Overall Nat. Name Nat. Name Goals Regular
Season
MLS Cup
Playoffs
2010 2010 30 31 8 15 7 7th 14th Did not qualify Did not qualify Did not qualify Poland Piotr Nowak France Sébastien Le Toux 14 19,254 DNQ
2011 2011 34 48 11 8 15 3rd 8th Conference Semi-finals Did not qualify Did not qualify Poland Piotr Nowak France Sébastien Le Toux 11 18,259 18,539
2012 2012 34 36 10 18 6 8th 15th Did not qualify Semi-finals Did not qualify Poland

United States

Piotr Nowak (Fired)

John Hackworth

United States Jack McInerney 8 18,049 DNQ
2013 2013 34 46 12 12 10 7th 14th Did not qualify 4th round Did not qualify United States John Hackworth United States Jack McInerney 12 17,867 DNQ
2014 2014 34 42 10 12 12 6th 12th Did not qualify Runner-up Did not qualify United States

United States

John Hackworth (Fired)

Jim Curtin (Interim)

France Sébastien Le Toux 12 17,631 DNQ
2015 2015 26 27 7 13 6 9th 18th TBD TBD Did not qualify United States Jim Curtin United States C.J. Sapong 7 17,705 TBD

Team records[edit]

As of August 24, 2015.[54]

* Active

Include all League, Cup, and Playoffs matches.

All-Time regular season records[edit]

As of August 24, 2015

  • All-Time regular season record: 64–78–56
  • All-Time regular season home record: 38–25–33
  • All-Time regular season PPL Park record: 37–25–32
  • All-Time regular season away record: 20–53–23

PPL Park records[edit]

As of August 24, 2015

  • All-Time record: 37–25–32
  • All-Time highest attendance: 19,178
  • All-Time sellouts: 38
  • All-Time goals leader: France Sébastien Le Toux (29)
  • All-Time shutouts leader: United States Zac MacMath (19)

International results[edit]

Year Competition Club Nation Result
2010 Preseason Club Universidad de Guadalajara  Mexico W 0–1
2010 Preseason Chivas de Guadalajara  Mexico D 2–2
2010 Friendly Celtic  Scotland W 1–0
2010 Friendly Manchester United  England L 0–1
2010 Friendly Chivas de Guadalajara  Mexico W 1–0
2011 Preseason Olympiakos Chersonissos F.C.  Greece W 0–5
2011 Preseason Ergotelis F.C.  Greece D 1–1
2011 Friendly Everton  England W 1–0
2011 World Football Challenge Real Madrid  Spain L 1–2
2012 Preseason Pérez Zeledón  Costa Rica L 1–0
2012 Preseason Costa Rica U-20  Costa Rica W 0–3
2012 Preseason Belén Siglo XXI  Costa Rica L 2–0
2012 Friendly Schalke 04  Germany W 2–1
2012 Friendly Aston Villa  England L 0–1
2013 Friendly UNAM Pumas  Mexico W 1–0
2013 Friendly Stoke City F.C.  England L 0–2
2014 Friendly Crystal Palace F.C.  England L 0–1
2015 Preseason Costa Rica U-23s  Costa Rica W 3-0
2015 Friendly A.F.C. Bournemouth  England L 1-4

See also[edit]

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