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Union re-sign Charlie Davies to 1-year contract

Union re-sign Charlie Davies to 1-year contract

Charlie Davies is sticking with the Union

The club announced Thursday the veteran forward has been re-signed to a one-year deal, keeping him in Union blue for the 2017 season. 

“We are thrilled to have Charlie back for the 2017 season,” Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said. “It will be great to have Charlie from the start with a full preseason around our club and we’re looking forward to what he can bring to our team for an entire season.”

Davies, 30, was a late-season acquisition for the Union in 2016 but played less than 90 minutes in total over eight games. After recovering from liposarcoma, a form of cancer, his return to full-time action was slow, and he was often the odd-man out in the Union’s gameday lineup. 

Close friends with Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya and attacker Chris Pontius, Davies was left unprotected in the MLS expansion draft on Dec. 12, putting a cloud around his future with the Union. However, he went unselected by Atlanta United and Minnesota United. 

The move to retain Davies, who scored 10 goals in 2015 with the New England Revolution, also helps the Union recoup value from the player. To acquire him, the club spent General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money and their 2018 first-round MLS SuperDraft pick.

Although the Union are rumored to be seeking a high-priced forward on the market, Davies, who is currently behind C.J. Sapong on the depth chart, provides the club a strong, veteran locker room presence that can chip in offensively when needed.

Accam ends scoring drought, Union beat Crew

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Accam ends scoring drought, Union beat Crew

CHESTER, Pa. -- David Accam scored two first-half goals and added a second-half assist to help the Philadelphia Union beat the Columbus Crew 3-0 on Saturday night.

Accam opened the scoring in the 31st minute, ending a scoring drought that went back to July 11. He took Fafa Picault's through ball and finished inside the far post.

Accam capitalized on a defensive miscue to make it 2-0 for the Union (1-2-1) in the 41st minute and assisted as Ilsinho capped the scoring in the 48th.

The Crew (2-1-1) were without Gyasi Zardes and Will Trapp due to U.S. national team duty.

Union pick up first point of season, tie Atlanta United

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Union pick up first point of season, tie Atlanta United

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ATLANTA — Ezequiel Barco came on in the 67th minute and scored three minutes later to help Atlanta United tie the Philadelphia Union 1-1 on Sunday night.

Defending champion Atlanta used a series of quick passes to move to ball from the left to the right side where Julian Gressel first-timed a high entry and Barco side-netted a header inside the far post.

Brenden Aaronson, an 18-year-old homegrown making his MLS debut, ripped a right-footer that, as it went through the legs of Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, deflected off the defender's leg past goalkeeper Brad Guzan to give Philadelphia the lead in the 47th minute.

Atlanta had 71.4-percent possession — finishing with 669 passes compared to just 267 by the Union — but came up empty on a handful of chances. Josef Martinez, who set an MLS record with 31 goals last season, missed wide left on a shot early in the second half and later had his bicycle shot stopped by goalkeeper Andre Blake.