The Philly Soccer Page Archives for January 2017

How to spend U.S. Soccer’s $100 million surplus

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We don't need a pricey national training center. Instead, fund the game so that it's not just a game for America's middle and upper classes. PSP's Dan Walsh lays out specific ways to do this.

Post-match analysis: Real Salt Lake 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Real Salt Lake out-Union'd the Union last weekend.

The false dilemma: To spend or not to spend

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To spend or not to spend. That was and still is the question. Nick Fishman takes a closer look at the issue.

News roundup: Blake saves, MLS rivalries, local derbies, USMNT previews, more

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A slow Union news day leave us time for reflection, meditation, and lots of hoopla about the USMNT's upcoming WCQ clashes versus Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union at Real Salt Lake

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The Union's six match unbeaten streak came to an end. Though the Boys in Blue had their chances, Real Salt Lake were the better side and earned their victory.

News roundup: Union come up empty in Salt Lake

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Union players on national team duty, Bethlehem downs Harrisburg, U-20s advance, and the rest of the day's news.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 3 – Harrisburg City Islanders 1

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Bethlehem Steel FC took their first ever victory over Harrisburg City Islanders Sunday afternoon.

Barebones summary: USA 1 – KSA 1 at U20 World Cup

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U-20 USMNT earn its group's 1st place in Korea to advance to play New Zealand next Wednesday June 1st.

Match report: Real Salt Lake 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Joao Plata's goal ended Philadelphia Union's four-game winless streak, as hosts Real Salt Lake earned a 1-0 victory over a poor Union side.

Investigating home field advantage in MLS, Part 2: Crowd Size

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Chris Sherman continues to investigate potential causes for home field advantage in MLS using statistical analysis. This second article demonstrates home field advantage and studies the effect of the size of the home crowd on the home team's advantage.

Union vs Real Salt Lake quick reference

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The Union are 0-2-4 against Real Salt Lake all time. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

News roundup: Derrick Jones and the U-20 USMNT pitch a shutout

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The Union get ready to play in Salt Lake, Bethlehem loses 1-0, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy On The Telly May 26 – June 2

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This week, watch the Union, A lot of Cup Finals, Pulisic, Carli, Barnetta, FIFA U20 World Cup, Copas Libertadores & Sudmericana, NASL, NWSL and even Danny Cruz!

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Haris Medunjanin (yes, again)

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Greg and Mike talk to Haris Medunjanin, about the Union's winning streak, and preview the match against RSL.

On luck and chemistry: Regression to the mean?

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Are the Union, unbeaten in six, better than they were to start the season, when they started without a win in six? A few key stats intrigue.

Match preview: Real Salt Lake v. Philadelphia Union

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Can the Union make it five straight in Sandy, Utah? A road test versus a Western Conference cellar-dweller presents three more points for the taking.

News roundup: Yaro nears return, Zelalem tears ACL, more

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Josh Yaro could feature for Bethlehem next month, Zelalem suffers catastrophic injury, and news from the U20 World Cup, MLS and around the world.

Summary of Jim Curtin’s midweek presser

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Jim Curtin discussed the health of Josh Yaro, Roland Alberg, and Fabian Herbers in his midweek press conference.

All Three Points podcast: Is this a good team?

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So it's been an unusually long time since the All Three Points podcast recorded, and all the Union have done is play the best stretch of soccer in franchise history. Maybe that's the soccer gods trying to tell us something?

Goliath, and little David from Bethlehem

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Head coach Brendan Burke modestly understated the matter when he described his most recent opponent as a big-budget, fully-resourced side. While they lost a third game to them Saturday, the two previous clean sheet victories deserve remembrance and praise.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through May 21

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Philadelphia moves up to 7th in SEBA's power rankings. NYCFC takes the top spot overall. USOC second round is complete with the fourth round draw decided.

News roundup: Midweek news and notes

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Ottawa beats Toronto, Europa League final, mega transfer fee for wonderteen, and the rest of the day's news.

We’re going streaking!

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Scott Pugh flips a coin to make sense of the Union's streaky stretches.

Jim Curtin is pressing all the right buttons

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Four wins in a row, and Jim Curtin is off the hot seat. Peter Andrews reviews the manager's string of good decisions and what we've learned these last six weeks.

In Pictures: Union 2-1 Rapids

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Saturday nights match, as the Philadelphia Union came from behind to defeat the Colorado Rapids 2-1.

Player of the week: Haris Medunjanin

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For the second consecutive time, Haris Medunjanin is our player of the week. His wonderful free kick ensured the Union earned their fourth victory in a row.

News roundup: Making noise, Jones at WCQs, Ocean City comeback, and a big de-Pugh

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Oh, no, people are talking about the Union. Plus league news, Derrick Jones' impressive WCQ shift, Mallory Pugh becomes a pro, and Ocean City goes ham.

Post-match analysis: Union 2-1 Colorado Rapids

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The Union persevered against a well-organized Rapids defense to secure a club-record fourth consecutive victory.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 2 – 1 Colorado Rapids

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Four wins! But there is still work to be done for some players to reach their full potential.

News roundup: Four wins and counting

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U-20 USMNT draws Ecuador in World Cup opener, Bethlehem falls to Cincinnati, the end of the European season, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Colorado Rapids

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Haris Medunjanin and C.J. Sapong scored second half goals as the Union came from behind to defeat 10 man Colorado Rapids 2-1.

Postgame video: Union 2-1 Rapids

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PSP's Mike Servedio and Delco Times Matt De George break down the match. Interviews with Haris Medunjanin and C.J. Sapong. Postgame press conference with Jim Curtin.

Match report: FC Cincinnati 2-1 Bethlehem Steel FC

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Lightning struck, literally. The Steel lost 2-1 in Cincinnati after the final minutes of the game were called off following a lengthy weather delay.

Union vs Rapids quick reference

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

PSP talks tactics with Union head coach Jim Curtin

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Jim Curtin has guided Philadelphia Union through some difficult times, but now he is tasked with helping the club build a new foundation for success. A slow start has led many to question whether he's up for the job. PSP spoke to Curtin to find out more about how the adjustments he has made to help the team get back on track.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids

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The Union look to make it 4 straight against a Rapids squad that has failed to find the form that led them to the playoffs last season.

Post-match analysis: Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo

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The front four were stupendous as the Union earned their third straight win to rise within touching distance of the red line.

In pictures: Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo

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A look back at the Union's win over Houston before looking forward to tonight's match against Colorado. PSP Photographer Earl Gardner was on the scene.

News roundup: Union look dangerous as they prepare for Colorado

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Union set to take on winner of Harrisburg and Reading in U.S. Open Cup, new stadium proposal in Miami, and the rest of the day's news.

Footy on the Telly May 19 – 26

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This week, watch the Union, Europa League Finals, Pulisic, Carli, Barnetta, Noguera, FIFA U20 World Cup, Copa Libertadores, Liga MX Semifinals, NASL, NWSL and even Michael Lahoud!

The deep end: Will the Union maximize their bench and maintain momentum?

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Riding an out-of-nowhere three-game win streak, the Union's depth is about to endure its first real test of 2017.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo

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The Union are rolling. With a third consecutive win, PSP takes a look at the players who secured an impressive 2-0 over the Western Conference leaders. Check out the player ratings from Wednesday night's clash with Houston.

Fans’ View: My new opening day

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Fans' View writer Scott Ellis returns to PSP and Talen Energy Stadium this year after a little hiatus

News roundup: Union win streak, Reading upset Cosmos

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Reading United shocks NY Cosmos, Trusty heading to the U-20 World Cup, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo

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Fafa Picault, Ilsinho, and Chris Pontius led the attack as Philadelphia Union recorded a fourth straight shutout and third consecutive win.

Postgame video: Union 2-0 Dynamo

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PSP's Mike Servedio and KYW Greg Orlandini break down the match. Interviews with Chris Pontius, Andre Blake and Fafa Picault. Postgame press conference with Jim Curtin.

Reading United upset New York Cosmos in U.S. Open Cup

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The amateur side shocked the NASL champs by reeling off three straight goals late in the first half and then defending like crazy to hold on for a 3-2 win on a night of big upsets in the U.S. Open Cup.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo

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It's a Union home game but the Dynamo brought their own weather for tonight's matchup.

Interchangeable parts, 2017

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Earnie Stewart's interchangeable parts idea may work better with soccer players than previously thought.

News roundup: Union gelling, preparing for first midweek game

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Also: US Open Cup play continues, Toronto suffers two major injuries, thoughts on young US prospects, and more.

Union v Dynamo quick reference

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Get up to speed with the Union's history against Houston. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more. WARNING: Autoplay highlights inside.

The Union go from futility to juggernaut

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The Union have suddenly gone from futility to juggernaut. What changed? A few things, as PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through May 14

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Philadelphia jumps up to 10th in Power Rankings. Toronto takes 1st. U.S. Open Cup 1st round is finished and the 3rd round draw is complete.

Player of the Week: Haris Medunjanin

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Haris Medunjanin's physics-bending play makes him PSP's Player of the Week.

News roundup: Union surge, league roundups, Gold Cup calling, more

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The Union's form is baffling everyone, while traditional powers sputter, and who are the dark horse Gold Cup call-ups?

Post-match analysis: DC United 0-4 Philadelphia Union

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The Union rode a dominant performance from Haris Medunjanin to their second consecutive win.

Fans’ View: The Union season ticketholders’ town hall meeting

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Philadelphia Union held a town hall meeting Thursday for season ticketholders. Union fan Staci Klemmer was there and shares this perspective.

Player ratings: D.C. United 0-4 Philadelphia Union

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Four goals, another shutout on the road, and the Union have a different sort of streak going.

News roundup: It’s a winning streak!

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Union win their second in a row, Steel win in Toronto, and the rest of the day's news.

Match report: D.C. United 0-4 Philadelphia Union

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The Union destroyed an abject D.C. United team 4-0 behind Haris Medunjanin's dominance in midfield, winning their second consecutive match.

Match Report: Toronto FC II 0-1 Bethlehem Steel

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The Steel travelled to Toronto and earned three points. After converting an early penalty, Bethlehem's stout defending sealed the game.

Studs up: An open letter to an open response to an open letter

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PSP's most notorious reader gets another turn at the mic, sounding off on Jay Sugarman and Earnie Stewart and all those music quotes PSP readers keep sharing.

Union vs D.C. United quick reference

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Get up to speed with the Union's series history against DC with our quick reference. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Footy On The Telly May 12-19

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This week, watch the Union, Pulisic, Barnetta, Carli, Noguera, FIFA Confederations Cup, African CAF Confederations Cup and Champions League, Copa Libertadores, NASL, NWSL and even Danny Cruz!

News roundup: Union injury updates, Kildare’s Cup, and news from around the world

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Too much news to recap in one small blurb.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Union Win!

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Greg and Mike break down the Union's win against New York and look ahead to this week's match in D.C.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at D.C. United

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For the second time in 2017, and looking to avenge an earlier loss, the Union travel to the District for a match up against their conference rivals, D.C. United.

Should we feel better now that the Union have won?

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The Union have won for the first time since last August, but is there reason to believe that things will be getting any better?

News roundup: Cann writes, Reading win, Nor’easters beat Junior Lone Star

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A familiar face makes into PSP's News Roundup today. Also, results from U.S. Open Cup action and more.

PSP readers poll

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PSP plans to make some more changes. We want your opinion first. Please vote in our brief readers poll and share your thoughts beyond that.

A soccer mom sheds a tear…

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A change is coming at our household, and I'm not sure how I feel about it.

The Union Academy’s future

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The academic portion of the Philadelphia Union's Academy is of necessity undergoing a transition, as it explores a cutting edge in educational technique while still displaying mainstream, rock-solid, independent school values. PSP's Tim Jones, a retired teacher, explains.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through May 7

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Philadelphia climbs out of last in the power rankings and moves in the right direction towards improving playoff odds.

News roundup: Sapong receives praise, Jones to U-20 World Cup, US Open Cup starts, and more

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Sapong's hat trick receives recognition, Derrick Jones representing the USA, the US Open Cup begins, and the rest of the day's news.

Derrick Jones named to US Men’s U-20 World Cup squad

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Union midfielder Derrick Jones was called up for Men's U-20 World Cup.

Post-match analysis: Union 3-0 NY Red Bulls

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A strong first half and a break in the second gave the Union their first win of the season.

Pine time leads to prime time for Sapong, Rosenberry, others

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Has Jim Curtin's player management begun paying dividends for the Union?

Player of the week: C.J. Sapong

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Philadelphia, and their fans, were in desperate need of a win. C.J. Sapong ensured the Union would get just that. He is our "Player of the week."

News roundup: C.J. hype train leaves the station, transfer malaise, league roundup, more

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Everyone hops on the hype train for C.J. Sapong and another weird weekend that was perfectly MLS.

At long last, a smile or two from the Union

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With the winless streak at 16 games, the weight of the world sat on the Union's shoulders. Peter Andrews on the joys of breaking the streak.

Player ratings: Union 3-0 Red Bulls

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The Union picked up their first victory since the Battle of Appomattox Court House. It isn't, however, "10's" across the board. This week's player ratings highlights the heroes and acknowledges those with room to improve.

In pictures: Union 3-0 Red Bulls

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PSP photographer Dan Gajdamowicz was on the scene for the Union's first win. Take a look at the action.

News roundup: THE UNION WIN! THE UNION WIN! THE UNION WIN!

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The Union won a game. Some other things happened this weekend, too.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel 0-1 Charleston Battery

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An early goal and a solid defensive effort saw Charleston Battery drop Bethlehem Steel on the road.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New York Red Bulls

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The Union rode a hat trick from C.J. Sapong to their first win of the season, 3-0 over New York Red Bulls.

Postgame video: Union 3-0 Red Bulls

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

Haris Medunjanin is hurting the Union

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Haris Medunjanin has been the Union's best offensive weapon. It's probably time to bench him. Why? A lesson learned in the NBA is illuminating.

News roundup: Earnie speaks, Former Union players making an impact, and more

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Earnie speaks, Curtin speaks, Rosenberry speaks, former Union players win weekly awards, and the rest of the day's news.

Union vs Red Bulls Quick Reference

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Get up to date on the Union's history against New York Red Bulls. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Footy on the Telly May 5-12

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This week, watch the Union, Pulisic, Barnetta, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Sudamerica, Copa Libertadores, UEFA Women's Championship,NWSL, and even Footy on the Beach. Not to mention league fixtures. What other sport gives you so many competitions? We're switching things up a bit this week, highlighting the channels [.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Union Group Therapy

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Still no wins, but the podcast plods on.

An open response from Jay Sugarman

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Philadelphia Union majority owner Jay Sugarman responds to PSP's call for him to improve the Union or sell the team. Read his open letter to PSP, which he sent to PSP Wednesday night.

Players to watch: players we watched, part II

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In 2017, the PSP staff identified several players that would have a key role in the team's success. Now, after a start so slow even an [anecdote about slowness, maybe a turtle?], we check back in on those players' contributions toward the team's success.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Red Bull New York

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What and who to look for when the Union face Red Bull this Saturday

Daily round-up: U17 boys marching, Earnie changing nothing, OC gives coaches free season tickets

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Derrick Jones cleared to play for the US, Giovinco proves his worth, and more headlines from the day

Young women at the Academy, and three other Steel points

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Three practical realities indicate YSC Academy will remain an all boys school for the immediate future. And other Steely tidbits

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through April 30

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Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through April 30. Orlando takes over 1st place in power rankings. Philly needs to bank a win before it can move out of the cellar.

Fan’s View: Insanity is Keeping Us Sane

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Collin Deckert walks through how the Union are driving us insane. But being insane can help us stay sane.

News roundup: Midweek Union news and analysis, Ronaldo hat trick, and more

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Lots of Union news and analysis, CR7 leads Real Madrid to UCL victory, U-15 USBNT wins tournament, and the rest of the day's news.

An open letter to Jay Sugarman

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PSP's Dan Walsh has followed Philadelphia Union from literally day 1, so he's seen it all. He has a message for Jay Sugarman: Catch up with MLS 3.0 or move on.

Player of the week: Hugh Roberts

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Bethlehem's match with Cincinnati came down to a dramatic conclusion, as Hugh Roberts headed home the winner in the 87'. Combined with a stellar defensive performance, it was enough for Roberts to earn PSP's player of the week.

News roundup: The Streak, Perrella departs Steel FC, xG’s, MLS roundups, more

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The Streak picks up steam and headlines, Ayuk makes his debut, and a whole bunch of takes on all the weekend action.

Post-match analysis: LA Galaxy 0-0 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union escaped LA with a point despite showing off many of the same issues that have driven their 2017 struggles.

Player ratings: Galaxy 0-0 Union

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Despite collecting their second clean sheet of the season, the Union settled for a 0-0 draw in Los Angeles. Some players shone brightly, while others were mere shadows on the pitch.

News roundup: BSFC win, titles and relegations in Europe, U-17 USMNT winning, and more

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Bethlehem Steel win 1-0, European seasons coming to the finish, U-17 USMNT perfect in group play, and the rest of the day's news.