Union sign German striker Kacper Przybylko

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Union sign German striker Kacper Przybylko

The Union have called in a reinforcement. 

With six games remaining in the season, the Union added firepower on Sunday in the form of 6-foot-4 striker Kacper Przybylko. The German-born but Polish-capped Przybylko is signed through 2018 with a team option for the 2019 season. 

He was previously on trial with the club. It’s the team’s first addition under the reign of new Union sporting director Ernst Tanner, who took over for departed Earnie Stewart in early August.

“After having the opportunity to get an extended look at Kacper in training over the last few weeks, we are pleased to add him to our squad in advance of the MLS Roster Freeze,” said Union technical director Chris Albright in the team’s official release.

Przybylko, 25, joins a crowded Union forward corp that includes Cory Burke, C.J. Sapong and Jay Simpson. David Accam can also work in as a forward. But with Simpson expected to be let go at the end of 2018, Przybylko would fit in as much-needed depth. 

“He’s a physical forward with a nose for goal, and we are encouraged with his progress in recovering from injury,” Albright said. “We believe he bolsters our depth and we are looking forward to working his fitness up as we enter the stretch run of our season.”

The striker comes to the Union from the German 1. Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga circuit. His latest club was FC Kaiserslautern, where he played 47 matches and scored nine goals. Throughout his career, he also had stints with Greuther Fürth, Arminia Bielefeld and FC Koln. 

Though Przybylko isn’t in game form at the moment and isn’t expected to play any time soon, the Union could use him. 

Saturday’s loss to the Montreal Impact kicked off two-week gauntlet in which they’ll face five teams (see story). The Union travel to CenturyLink Field to take on the red-hot Seattle Sounders on Wednesday before returning home to host Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. The club then travels to Houston to challenge the Dynamo in the U.S. Open Cup championship game, followed by a match against the Columbus Crew on the following Saturday. 

Union fall to top seed NYCFC in regular-season finale

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Union fall to top seed NYCFC in regular-season finale


CHESTER, Pa. — Ronald Matarrita and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored and New York City FC beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Sunday in the regular-season finale.

New York City (18-6-10), the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, earned a first-round bye and will play No. 4 seed Toronto or fifth-seeded D.C. United in the conference semifinals.

Philadelphia (16-11-7) lost three of its last four regular-season games, falling from first to third in the Eastern standings. The Union will host the sixth-seeded New York Red Bulls in the knockout round.

Matarrita opened the scoring in the sixth minute. Valentin Castellanos, at the top of the area, first-timed a pass from Ben Sweat to Matarrita for the finish from near the spot. It was the first goal of the season for the 25-year-old defender.

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi chipped an entry from outside the area that deflected off the Union's Jamiro Monteiro into the goal to make it 2-0 in the 22nd and Philadelphia's Marco Fabian converted from the spot in the 87th minute. 

Union fall into second-place tie after loss to Crew

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Union fall into second-place tie after loss to Crew


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Pedro Santos had a goal and an assist in the second half and the Columbus Crew beat the Union 2-0 on Sunday night to hand the Eastern Conference's top seed to New York City FC.

Youness Mokhtar's first career goal, set up by Luis Diaz and Santos, put Columbus up in the 69th minute. Four minutes later, Santos' 11th goal doomed the Union, who fell six points behind NYCFC and into a tie for second with Atlanta United, which holds the tiebreaker with one game to play.

Eloy Room made three saves for his first shutout.

The game was delayed by almost an hour as lightning arrived with the start of halftime.

On the attack, the Union (16-10-7) failed to get a strong shot and off the block the Crew (10-15-8) quickly countered. Speedy Luis Diaz dribbled the ball across midfield on the right before sending it middle to Santos, who put it to Mokhtar in the box left. Mokhtar counted back into the middle and beat three defenders with a low drive past Andre Blake.

Off a corner four minutes later, a Union defender's header put the ball straight up in the air and Blake punched it out of the box. Santos pounced on the loose ball sending a four-bouncer through a crowd of players past the diving Blake.