The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2017

Match report: LA Galaxy 0-0 Philadelphia Union

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It was a quiet game in the city of stars, as Philadelphia Union and LA Galaxy played out a scoreless draw on Saturday night.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1, FC Cincinnati 0

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The Steel score dramatically in the 87th minute to steal three points from highly regarded FC Cincinnati.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Adam Cann

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Adam joins Greg and Mike this week to talk tactics, the draw against Montreal, and Union salary numbers.

Philadelphia Union vs LA Galaxy quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union's history against the Galaxy. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Footy on the Telly April 28 – May 5

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This week, watch the Union, Pulisic, Barnetta, Nogs, CONCACAF U17, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Women's Champions League,NWSL, and even Footy on the Beach, not to mention league fixtures. What other sport gives you so many competitions? As always, we try to make these listings as accurate as [.

News roundup: Union Academy players in Europe, American stadium updates, and more

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Two Union Academy players traveling with USNTs, 3 American stadium updates, Pachuca are Champions of CONCACAF, and the rest of the day's news.

What if coaching isn’t the problem?

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A coaching change would be one of the easiest changes to make, but would it work?

Match preview: LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union head to Los Angeles still searching for their first win. Can they find a shock result against a Galaxy side still figuring things out post-Bruce Arena?

Daily roundup: The US kids are all right, the Union is unbalanced

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The Union look to their match against the Galaxy, and a big win for the US U17s

Tactics matter more when you make bad investments

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Yes, tactics matter. Particularly when you invest in players the way the Union have. PSP's Dan Walsh examines the Union's transfer strategy in light of new MLS salary data, as well as Jim Curtin's approach to tactics.

Summary of Jim Curtin’s midweek press conference

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On Tuesday, Jim Curtin spoke to the media about working through a bad run, Josh Yaro's fitness, and putting together 90 minutes ahead of Philadelphia Union's trip to play LA Galaxy.

All Three Points podcast: Rock bottom?

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The Union just aren't very good (and that's putting it mildly). There's lots of blame to go around, but the All Three Points duo explore who's truly at fault, then ponder the best way out of the morass.

Fans’s View: Reconciling the gut punch

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The Philadelphia Union are the only winless team left in the league. Do they lack the talent or character to win games? Union fan John Fleming thinks they can turn it around with their current roster.

Lessons from the Steel’s loss to Orlando

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As PSP readers struggle to discern a way forward for the Philadelphia Union organization, here are some follow-up thoughts from down on the farm.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through April 23

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Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through April 23

News roundup: MLS Salaries released, Union leaving for LA early, and more

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2017 MLS salaries released, USL D3 league to start in 2019, and the rest of the day's news.

Tactical analysis: Union 3-3 Montreal Impact

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The Union's played scared to lose, and it cost them against Montreal Impact. PSP's Adam Cann explains.

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 1: Traveling distance

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Chris Sherman investigates potential causes for home field advantage in MLS using statistical analysis. The first article demonstrates home field advantage and studies the effect of distance traveled on said advantage.

The defense can’t rest

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The Union's dysfunctional defense is at the heart of their disastrous season. Peter Andrews examines what's gone wrong, and makes the case for switching to a three-man backline.

Player of the week: C.J. Sapong

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As the Union's winless streak continued, one player stood out among the rest. C.J. Sapong is PSP's player of the week.

News roundup: Hot messes, hot ‘Lando, takeaways, power rankings, more

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More moribund post-game analyses, league lessons and takeaways, Yallop takes off like a Phoenix, and the US goalkeeper pool shows its age.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 3 – 3 Montreal Impact

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The Philadelphia Union scored three first half goals, but surrendered a late equalizer to allow visiting Montreal to take a point at Talen Energy Stadium. These are the player ratings for that match.

In Pictures: Union 3-3 Impact

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for a soggy Saturday afternoon match which started out well but saw the Union wilt to a 3-3 tie with the Montreal Impact.

Poll: Housecleaning at Philadelphia Union

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Who needs to go at Philadelphia Union, who haven't won a game since August? The head coach? The sporting director? The owners? Particular players? Weigh in our readers poll and make your voice heard.

News roundup: Union blow big lead, El Clasico excitement, and more

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Union blow 3-0 lead, Messi scores brace in El Clasico, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 0-2 Orlando City B

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Bethlehem Steel were beaten Sunday by a brace that included the Orlando shooter's first professional goal.

Postgame video: Union 3-3 Impact

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PSP's Mike Servedio and Greg Orlandini break down the match. Interviews with Alejandro Bedoya, C.J. Sapong and Fafa Picault. Postgame press conference with Jim Curtin.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-3 Montreal Impact

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Philadelphia Union could not hold onto a three goal lead at home and continue to search for a win after a 3-3 draw with Montreal Impact.

Studs up: Seven things I think I think

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PSP's most notorious commenter finally gets his first guest column about the Union. It's just as caustic, smart and brutally spot on as you'd expect from him.

Going to the IberCup: Part 3

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Scott Ellis fills us in on how one of the nation's biggest youth tourneys played out for his son's Philadelphia-area team as they wrapped up their time in Dallas.

Union vs Impact quick reference

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Get up to speed with the Union's history against Montreal with highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, match stats, and more.

News roundup: McCarthy healthy again, Lloyd and Morgan set to face off, and (a lot) more

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McCarthy healthy, Medunjanin productive, Bedoya under pressure, Schweinsteiger exceeding expectations, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy On The Telly April 21-28

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This week, watch the Union, Pulisic (twice), Barnetta, Beach Soccer, CONCACAF Champions League, the FA Cup and the DFB Pokal. So many competitions, so little time. As always, we try to make these listings as accurate as possible, but matches get cancelled, broadcasters change their listings, we make mistakes, etc.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Dave Zeitlin

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Union beat writer Dave Zeitlin joins Mike and Greg to commiserate on the Union season so far.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact – THURSDAY

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The two worst teams in the Eastern conference square off this Saturday. Montreal is looking to build on their first victory of 2017. The winless streak is significant for the Union, but so is their four game losing streak. Is this the week Jim Curtin's men change their fortune?

The four agreements of union fandom

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To save the franchise from themselves, Union fans must communicate clearly with their organization about what needs to be done.

Daily roundup: Let them play out of the back

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Possible shakeups for the Union, and some information at the local and youth levels

On leadership and Philadelphia Union

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The American soccer world sometimes mystifies (and falsifies) what leadership is. PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the issue through the lens of Philadelphia Union.

Should Bethlehem play in the second or third division?

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PSP explores the question of which division Bethlehem should play in once USL splits into two divisions.

Fans’ View: If only …

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"If only" could summarize my feelings about the Union's season thus far.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through April 16

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Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through April 16

News roundup: Union U-17s continue receiving praise, controversy in Champions League, more

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Union U-17s get recognized for Generation adidas Cup performance, Real Madrid and Bayern suffer the fate of poor refereeing, and the rest of the day's news.

Post-match analysis: Union 0-2 NYC FC

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Philadelphia Union made changes in midfield, but still looked reactive and impotent in their second straight home loss.

What else could go wrong? Part 2

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Things are bad. Could they possibly get worse? Peter Andrews calls up his crystal ball guy to get the answers.

Players of the week: Union U17s

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The Union lost in Chester. The Steel lost in Harrisburg. In Frisco, a group of teenagers brought joy to the field, finishing fourth in the Generation Adidas Cup. The Philadelphia Union U17s are PSP's players of the week.

News roundup: Money talks, Najem debut, no thanks Terry, pro Pugh, more

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The Union can't afford to be bad, Najem makes a dream come true, and wunderkind Mallory Pugh is turning pro.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 0 – 2 New York City FC

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Jim Curtin isn't the only one to blame for the team's current performance.

In pictures: Union 0-2 NYCFC

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PSP photographer Earl Gardner shares his look at the Union's match with NYCFC. Jack Elliott Derrick Jones The National Anthem Jake McGuire & Adam Najem The bench and coaching staff Sons of Ben tifo Haris Medunjanin and Alexander Ring fight for the ball Fabinho fights through traffic 4 Leaf Clover [.

News roundup: HCI and BSFC play exciting game, MLS All-Stars to play Real Madrid, and more

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HCI beat BSFC on 90th minute goal, Real Madrid to face MLS All-Stars, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 2 – 3 Harrisburg City Islanders

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Bethlehem Steel fought back after City Islanders charged furiously out of the gate. But after pulling even, Bethlehem fell at the death. Former Union men Aaron Wheeler and Pedro Ribiero contributed to the City Islanders' win.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 NYCFC

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The Union fell to NYCFC 2-0 at home to remain winless on the season.

Postgame video: Union 0-2 NYCFC

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PSP's Mike Servedio and Kevin Kinkead break down the match. Interviews with Jack Elliott, C.J. Sapong, Adam Najem and Alejandro Bedoya.. Postgame press conference with Jim Curtin.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Just Greg and Mike

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Greg and Mike once again try to figure out where it's all going wrong for the Union.

Return to the Cliff of Union Despair

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You know it's bad when the Cliff of Union Despair shows up again. In Philly, we all appreciate black humor -- it's always sunny in Philadelphia, right? -- so, well ... chew on this before the Union's 3-0 win tonight.

Union v NYCFC quick reference

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Highlights from our recaps and analysis/player ratings, video highlights, match stats and more.

News roundup: Jones the problem?, Puppies the problem?, AC Milan sold, and more

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... and the rest of the day's news.

Footy On The Telly April 14-21

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This week, you can watch the Union and Pulisic in action.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union v. New York City FC

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With five matches gone in the 2017 season and no wins, the Philadelphia Union host New York City FC and look to find a way to salvage their season and, perhaps, coach Jim Curtin's job.

Going to the IberCup 2017: Part Two

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The games have begun at IberCup 2017! Scott Ellis shares he and his son's experiences in part two.

News roundup: Missing maestro, NYCFC preview, Open Cup first round, Drogba, more

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NYC Pigeons preview, the Union are missing their string-puller, the evolution of MLS fullbacks, and Didier Drogba returns to the states.

Summary of Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin talked about the value of patience and consistency, the dangers poised by NYCFC, the left back and left wing positions, and much more in his midweek presser.

In reserve: Which Union loanees could help them now?

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There might be help for the Union down on the farm from reserve players who have been showing well there. PSP's Tim Jones evaluates Giliano Wijnaldum, Adam Najem, Marcus Epps, Jack Elliott and Auston Trusty for Union duty.

Fans’ View: Invention, the Antidote to Stupidity

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Fans can do much better than the offensive YSA chant while still being horrendous to opposition teams. Matt Custer explains how.

Updated MLS and USL SEBA projections through April 9

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Updated MLS and USL SEBA projections through April 9

Player of the week: Seku Conneh

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After 26 combined matches, a member of the Philadelphia Union organization has earned a win. Bethlehem Steel FC took three points from Cincinatti. With the result, one player stood out to earn PSP's player of the week.

News roundup: Conneh named Player of the Week, explosions in Monaco, and more

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BSFC's Manneh named USL Player of the Week, Dortmund team bus hit by explosions in Monaco, and the rest of the day's news.

Going to the IberCup 2017

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Justin Ellis is headed to the IberCup youth tournament in Dallas along with his club, Contintental FC. His dad, Scott Ellis, shares their experience.

It’s time for major changes at Philadelphia Union

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To keep his job, Jim Curtin needs to do something he rarely does: Change. PSP's Dan Walsh suggests how.

In pictures: Union 1-3 Timbers

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PSP photographer Daniel Gajdamowicz shares his photos from Philadelphia Union's match versus Portland Timbers.

News roundup: Under pressure, Steel recap, joint biddin’, more

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Speculation and the blame game ramp up in Union land and what will a North American World Cup look like?

Postmatch analysis: Union 1-3 Portland Timbers

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A strong opening half hour couldn't prevent the Union from falling to a third straight loss. PSP's Adam Cann goes deep into the details to explain why things happened the way they did.

It’s time to hold Jim Curtin accountable

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Nothing is working right now in Chester. Peter Andrews explains why Jim Curtin is the man who deserves the lion's share of the blame for the team's poor start.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 1 – 3 Portland Timbers

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Another week, another disappointing Union performance. Was it group mediocrity or individual mistakes?

Postgame video: Union 1-3 Timbers

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PSP's Mike Servedio and Kevin Kinkead break down the match. Interviews Richie Marquez, Keegan Rosenberry and Oguchi Onyewu. Postgame press conference with Curtin. Click play to your left to watch the player interviews, and click on the headline for all videos.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 2, FC Cincinnati 0

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Bethlehem picked up their first win since July off the back of a Seku Conneh brace.

News roundup: The bad news in a good way

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There's been so much negativity lately, so let's try to make the conversation more positive! And the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-3 Portland Timbers

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The Union fell to a third straight defeat with a 3-1 home loss to the Portland Timbers. Updated, with Three Points.

It’s time to hold Earnie Stewart accountable

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Forget Jim Curtin. It's time to hold Earnie Stewart accountable for signing players who don't fit the 4-2-3-1 system he and the Union want to employ. PSP's Steve Whisler explains.

On Advanced Stats in Soccer, part 2: Luckluster and an end to all regressive means

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Adam Schorr takes a look at variance, regression, and the 2016 Philadelphia Union season.

Union vs Portland quick reference

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Get up to snuff with the Union-Timbers series history. We've got highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, match stats, and more.

USL to create Division 3 all over again

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Having spent two years working hard to win promotion from division three status, less than three months after succeeding has the league announced its new D3 entity in a complex gambit to absorb the remnants of NASL?

Footy on the Telly April 7-14

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This Week on TV (or online), you can catch the Union and Christian Pulisic twice as well as Tranquillo Barnetta.

News roundup: Union seek points at home as questions swirl, USWNT beat Russia, and more

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The Union head into an important game while many ask if it's time for a formation change, USWNT win 4-0, and the rest of the day's news.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Jamie Goldberg

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Timbers reporter Jamie Goldberg joins the guys to preview this weekend's matchup against Portland. Plus Bedyoa's position and recapping the loss in D.C.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers

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Will the Timbers to fly across the country and give the Union three artisinal, small batch, organic points?

Summary of Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin talked about the importance of the Union's upcoming three game homestand, tweaking the midfield shape, and juggling CJ Sapong and Jay Simpson in his midweek presser.

A business theory explains the Union’s season so far

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New insights about the Union's 2017 season, courtesy of a business theory from the London Business School called the Sigmoid Curve. (Yes, really.)

On Advanced Stats in Soccer, Part One: Navigating the Soccer Data Desert

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Adam Schorr tries to dig into advanced statistics to explain the Union's 2016 fall, only to discover that soccer stats are awfully hard to come by.

News roundup: “2016 is not 2017,” preferred positions, CCL letdown, more

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Jim Curtin's weekly press conference gave fans a whole lot to think about and another year, another all-Liga MX CCL final.

Fans’ View: Tech can bolster Union fan experience

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Philadelphia Union can use technology to enhance game day experiences for fans. Collin Deckert explains how.

Updated MLS and USL SEBA projections through April 2

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Updated MLS and USL SEBA projections through April 2

News roundup: Union Academy succeeding, Union struggling, and more

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The Union Academy gives hope for better days, the Union in peril, and the rest of the day's news.

Union loan Eric Ayuk to Swedish side

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Ayuk will play for Jönköpings Södra IF. His loan will last the full season.

Match analysis: DC United 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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A poor first half gave way to a more energetic second frame, but Philly's self-inflicted wounds were too much to overcome against DC United. PSP's Adam Cann explains and, among other things, highlights why Alejandro Bedoya and Jay Simpson were non-factors.

Player of the week: C.J. Sapong

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For the Union, it was a game without many positives. One player, however, shone brightly. C.J. Sapong is PSP's player of the week.

News roundup: Sapong super-sub, Marquez backup plan, Zlatan, CCL action, more

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More analysis from the Union's disappointing weekend adventures, what to do about centerback depth, Vancouver and Dallas head to Mexico to make some history, and what the Zlatan?

Sapong, Simpson and the road

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C.J. Sapong brought the Union to life on Saturday. After a rough opening travel schedule, the Union get an extended home stretch to sort out their offensive problems and figure out what lineup makes them hum. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

Player ratings: D.C. United 2-1 Union

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The winless streak continues, as the Union turn in a poor performance. For the most part, they played as individuals. Let's evaluate them as such.

In pictures: D.C. United 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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PSP photographer Mikey Reeves was on hand for Philadelphia Union's match with D.C. United on April 1st. Pontius on the move Pontius's opportunity is unsuccessful Fabinho looks to put the ball in the box Big missed opportunity for C.J. Sapong Jay Simpson and Steve Birnbaum in a foot race for [...]

News roundup: Union lose, BSFC lose, Marquez and McCarthy injured, and more

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Union fall 2-1 in DC, BSFC lose 3-2 against Rochester, Marquez and McCarthy suffering from head injuries, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: D.C. United 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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DC United scored their first two goals of the season, and CJ Sapong's third tally of the year wasn't enough to haul the Union back as Philly lost their second straight match in RFK Stadium on Saturday. Updated.

Match report: Rochester Rhinos 3 – Bethlehem Steel 2

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Bethlehem's comeback fell short as Rochester scored an 88th minute goal to knock off a Bethlehem squad featuring a starting lineup almost entirely comprised of Philadelphia Union loanees.