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Philadelphia Union

The hot stove season starts, the Union are quiet

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The Union have been quiet throughout the early MLS off-season. It's not the first time. PSP's Dan Walsh takes a look back.

Assessing the Union departures

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PSP assesses the personnel departures announced by Philadelphia Union this week.

Your new favorite MLS club is …

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The future is cloudy for Downingtown's Zack Steffen and the Columbus Crew, but one thing's for sure: You will never have as much fun this playoff season as you will while rooting for them. PSP's Dan Walsh explains how cheering for Columbus will stick it to The Man and be a whole lot of fun.

It’s over. What now? (2017 edition)

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It's now eight years for the Union without a playoff win. PSP's Dan Walsh takes stock and looks at the way ahead for the club.

Playoffs? The road ahead for the Union

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The Union's remaining schedule doesn't look good. PSP's Dan Walsh breaks it down game-by-game to lay out what their playoff chances really look like. Also, some chatter about some young Union players who need to get some minutes.

Five thoughts on the Union, the universe and everything

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Andre Blake's international breakthrough, a Union summer transfer window update, Roland Alberg does Roland Alberg things, Najem and Epps, and the man/myth/legend that is Mike Petke. PSP's Dan Walsh hits it all.

Making the leap, and why it’s time to trade Josh Yaro

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PSP's Dan Walsh writes about the joy of watching young players make the leap and why the Union should trade Josh Yaro. Also, a look at how the Union's tough remaining schedule will impact their playoff hopes.

Five thoughts on the Union: Medunjanin’s class and more

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PSP's Dan Walsh shares some thoughts on the Union, starting with Haris Medunjanin's class and running through to the lesson the Union should learn from the Chicago Fire's signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Union fans are in the middle of a great story

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What do @PhilaUnion have in common w/ Inigo Montoya and Luke Skywalker? You're still in the middle of the story, dear fans. PSP's Dan Walsh explains what the Union have in common with the most beloved fictional swordsmen of the last 40 years. (Yes, really.)

Yankee Stadium’s soccer pitch is an embarrassment to MLS

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Slips, falls, pinball soccer -- NYC FC's pitch is a joke. This is not the view of an opposition fan. This comes straight from someone who grew up going to Yankee fans and should be an NYC FC fan. Read on.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Philadelphia may have improved, but so has everyone else

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Philadelphia Union could be the most improved team in the Eastern Conference, but when teams like Toronto can pick up guys like Victor Vazquez, it means most teams are getting better thanks to TAM. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

Deconstructing the “injury-prone” label

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Is Josh Yaro injury-prone or is something else at play? PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the different factors that lead to frequent injuries for certain types of players and hazards a guess on how this affects the sidelined Union defender.

Deconstructing the “injury-prone” label

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Is Josh Yaro injury-prone or is something else at play? PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the different factors that lead to frequent injuries for certain types of players and hazards a guess on how this affects the sidelined Union defender.

The Union are a veteran team built to win now

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PSP's Dan Walsh looks at how Earnie Stewart quickly turned a young team with a smattering of veterans into a veteran team with a smattering of youth.

Union complete off-season with whirlwind of signings

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The Union hit for a hat trick of signings this week. PSP's Dan Walsh takes a closer look at each signing, changes that Incomplete grade for the off-season, and considers if these moves could pave the way for Roland Alberg's departure.

Union’s off-season grade: Incomplete

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PSP's Dan Walsh looks at some prospective new additions to the Union as they start preseason training today with their shopping list of off-season needs apparently incomplete.

Five thoughts on Philadelphia Union

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Matt Polster is expendable, and so is Ray Gaddis. These and other Philadelphia Union-oriented observations, courtesy of PSP's Dan Walsh.

The Union go bottom-feeding, but did they find a gem?

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Jay Simpson scored 22 goals in 29 games last season in England until a managerial change wrecked that. As Philadelphia Union go bottom-feeding for overlooked bargains, did they just find a gem in Simpson? PSP's Dan Walsh takes a look.

Union quiet so far, Re-Entry Draft approaches

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Once again, Philadelphia Union have had a quiet start to their off-season. PSP's Dan Walsh takes a look at this and the impact of late signings in previous years. Then, a look at several players who could draw interest in Thursday's MLS Re-Entry Draft, stage 2.

MLS off-season begins in earnest

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Philadelphia Union could lose a man in today's expansion draft, but some intriguing names could be available in free agency and the re-entry draft.

Will Atlanta United’s tide lift other clubs?

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Atlanta United could shake MLS up with its ambitious moves preceding its entry into the league next season. A big MLS Cup final could similarly raise the league's profile. How will that affect other clubs, like Philadelphia Union?

What do the Union need this off-season?

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PSP's Dan Walsh runs down Philadelphia Union's likely off-season needs.

Ken Tribbett’s errors obscure larger facts in Union playoff loss

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Ken Tribbett will have nightmares for years about Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, but there was more to the Union's playoff loss than that, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, a note on the retiring Conor Casey.

Union playoff appearance more formality than achievement

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When Roland Alberg was caught on camera apparently telling Tranquillo Barnetta to "f*ck off" during Sunday's loss to NYRB, it seemed to sum up the Union's late season collapse into the playoffs, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. But that wasn't the only thing.

The Union’s collapse is not a regression to the mean

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The Union should be a good team right now. Instead, they're collapsing toward the playoffs so poorly that they don't deserve the off-season, and the coaching staff deserves some of the blame, writes PSP's Dan Walsh.

Union fight to stay above red line

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Two home games. Philadelphia Union need to win. PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the playoff chances of the Union and their top competitors.

Fabian Herbers and blooding young players in MLS

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The Union consistently gave Fabian Herbers a chance this year. Now, he's paying off.

Tribbett vs. Yaro: Stats and redemption

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The stats show Ken Tribbet is just as good as Josh Yaro, if not better. He'll get a chance to redeem himself Saturday vs. Toronto. Also, a closer look at the playoff race and observations on the Union's Kevin Krantz signing, courtesy of PSP's Dan Walsh.

Six thoughts on Philadelphia Union

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Some observations on Philadelphia Union, in light of their draw with Montreal on Saturday.

The maddening Roland Alberg and the midfield domino effect

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When everyone's available, the Union can beat anyone. But when they're not, the midfield is a mess. PSP's Dan Walsh lays it out.

Jurgen Klinsmann

USMNT fans have plenty to be thankful for, post-Klinsmann

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U.S. Soccer has made a conservative but pragmatic choice in turning to Bruce Arena as the new USMNT coach. This and a few more things to give thanks for.

The source of USMNT malaise is obvious

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Attendance at USMNT matches is down 23%. The USMNT has lost its first two Hex matches for the first time ever. The malaise surrounding the team is obvious. What do you think?

The Rest

MLS conference final first legs show how far league has come

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The first legs of the MLS conference championships drew over 50,000 fans per match. PSP's Dan Walsh compares that with what he saw firsthand at soccer matches recently in South America and Europe and finds MLS coming out looking very good in comparison.