FC Cincinnati chasing playoff revenge on Union

FC Cincinnati and the Philadelphia Union meet for the second consecutive season in the Eastern Conference semifinals, this time with top-seeded Cincinnati playing host thanks to a monster 69-point regular season. Both teams have dealt with extended breaks after sweeping their best-of-three conference quarterfinal series. And each one is dealing with key absences because of those quarterfinal games. Fourth-seeded Philadelphia will be without left back Kai Wagner for the second game of a three-game suspension

Short-handed Union eyeing sweep of Revolution

The Philadelphia Union will try to close out their first-round MLS Cup playoff series with the New England Revolution on the road Wednesday night in Foxborough, Mass. But if they’re going to sweep the best-of-three set, they will have to do it short-handed. Union starting defender Kai Wagner was given a three-match suspension after admitting he directed a racial slur toward New England’s Bobby Wood during Match 1. And Julian Carranza — whose 14 non-penalty-kick

Very familiar foes Revolution, Union open playoff series

The Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution will begin their best-of-three MLS Cup Playoff first-round series on Saturday in Southeast Pennsylvania armed with plenty of recent knowledge about their opponents. New England defeated Philadelphia 2-1 at home on Oct. 21, the final day of the regular season, to split the regular-season series and move into a virtual tie on points for fourth place in the Eastern Conference The Union kept a hold of the fourth

Revolution aim to stop slide, upend Union

The New England Revolution are stumbling at the worst possible time, but they can still clinch a top-four playoff seed when they entertain the Philadelphia Union in the regular-season finale Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. The Revolution (14-9-10, 52 points) enter Decision Day fifth in the Eastern Conference, and a top-four spot would grant them home-field advantage for Round 1. But they are 1-4-1 since coach Bruce Arena resigned the night of Sept. 9 and have

Playoff berths clinched, Union jockey with Atlanta for positioning

The Philadelphia Union will try to overcome their own wear and tear in addition to an improving and rested Atlanta United side when the teams meet on Wednesday night in Chester, Pa. The Union (14-8-9, 51 points) have drawn their last five MLS games, an odd streak for the defending Eastern Conference champions that coach Jim Curtin believes owes in part to the team’s busy schedule. Across four different competitions — the league, CONCACAF Champions