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Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1 – FC Cincinnati 1

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An early goal by Cory Burke and a late intervention by John McCarthy were enough to earn Bethlehem Steel a good point against a powerhouse FC Cincinnati side.

Rate the Union: MLS Super Bowl rematch edition

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The Union start the season with three points. What did you think of the individual performances?

Saturday night was a night of many firsts: the first game in Talen Energy Stadium for David Accam, MLS debuts for Anthony Fontana, Auston Trusty and Cory Burke and the first time the Union opened a season at home with three points.

Who’s ready to jump from USL to MLS?

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PSP analyzes which of the Bethlehem Steel's players might be ready to jump to the Union first team.

Auston Trusty

Player Ratings: Colorado Rapids 3 – 0 Philadelphia Union

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There isn't a whole lot to like about performances in the Union's most recent loss to Colorado, but is there a lot to hate either?

Union Academy players to watch in USL this season

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Brenden Aaronson, Tomas Romero and Michael Pellegrino lead a group of Union Academy players who will compete for minutes this season with Bethlehem Steel FC

One of the benefits of having Bethlehem Steel FC the past two seasons has been the opportunity the team has provided for players in the Philadelphia Union Academy to compete for minutes in USL.

Change, Part 1: Commentary on an inflexible rigid system

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In our two part series on change today, Tim Jones comments on the benefit to an inflexible, rigid, organization-wide system of playing soccer.

After Fontana’s dream debut, how can Curtin hit snooze?

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Anthony Fontana was the story of the season opener, but how will Jim Curtin find him time? That and more from the coach's weekly press conference.

Youth development 2018-style: “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.”

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PSP has learned new things that reflect the Union's commitment to youth development broadly defined, above and beyond what we are all seeing this preseason.

2017 Expansion Draft: Who the Union are protecting, and what that says about 2018

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Reading the tea leaves and trying to extrapolate that to what this team will look like next season.

Match report: Bethlehem 1 – 3 Louisville

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While the Steel lost to Louisville, they were not outclassed by the elite side from Kentucky.

Bethlehem Steel and the USL to MLS pipeline

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Bethlehem Steel FC has already developed an MLS quality player, with two more potentially on the way. But what should fans really make of the Union's USL setup?

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News roundup: Zlatan, defensive injuries, and an all star game opponent

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Today's news hits on the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Union injuries and possible replacements, and how war can shape a soccer club— plus much more.

It’s Matthew Real’s time to shine as injuries hit the Union’s back line

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With injuries hitting the Union's defense, Jim Curtin spoke about Matthew Real's role going forward at his weekly press conference.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 0-0 Columbus Crew

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Chances were hard to come by as Columbus and Philadelphia both failed to score and the teams split the points.

Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew lineups and live updates

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The Borek Dockal era begins in Chester

After a couple weeks off, the U are back in action this afternoon against the Columbus Crew at Talen Energy Stadium. Check back here for live updates and share your thoughts in the comments.

Starting Lineups

Borek Dockal gets the start. The Czech Republic international was acquired on a one-year loan deal from the Chinese Super League ahead of the season opener but was nursing an ankle injury.

Columbus match an early litmus test for Union

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Columbus is a good team, but they're a team with weaknesses ripe for a team like Philadelphia Union to exploit. The match will be an early test of how good the Union are, PSP's Dan Walsh writes.

News roundup: Sapong signs contract, Open Cup dates, Vancouver/Chicago out from World Cup

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Plus notes from Curtin's press conference, Bethlehem Steel sign Union youth player, does MLS promote flashier clubs, and more.

Making the most of the Union’s time off

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It's weird to have two bye weeks so early and so close together, but if they're smart the Union could turn it into an advantage.

Lots to like in a low-difficulty opener

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Sure, the Revs aren't world-beaters. But the Union's talented youth and positive mentality fuel a justified optimism. PSP's Peter Andrews on what we learned from match 1 of 34.

Players of the Week: Auston Trusty and Anthony Fontana

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Philadelphia Union's academy is ready to pay off finally after a dream first outing for the Union rookies.

Union homegrown players Anthony Fontana, Auston Trusty take huge steps in debut

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In any professional soccer league, getting off to a strong start to the season is crucial. Gaining confidence and momentum throughout the season can only lead to great things, and can help a team avoid any dramatic endings come Fall.

This adage is especially true for young players, who are taking the next step in their professional careers.

PSP Postgame Show: Union 2-0 New England Revoltuion

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Interviews with Jim Curtin, Alejandro Bedoya, and the Union's two teenage debutants, along with PSP writers breaking down the Union's 2-0 win over New England. Click to the full post to watch all the videos.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-0 New England Revolution

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The Union took advantage of nine-man New England, with goals from Anthony Fontana and C.J. Sapong leading Philadelphia to a season-opening win.

In Pictures: Philadelphia Union Meet the Team

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With the season set to get under way, PSP photographer Paul Rudderow shares his snaps Wednesday night's Meet the Team at Dave & Buster's.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution

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What to expect when the Revs come to Talen Energy Stadium for the first game of the 2018 season.

Curtin press conference: All about Dočkal

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During Jim Curtin's weekly press conference, the focus was rightfully on Bořek Dočkal. But the manager also touched on his opening day starting XI and the mood in the locker room.

The squad is younger, but are the Union ready for a youth movement?

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Teenagers Auston Trusty and Anthony Fontana are in line to make their debuts in the season opener on Saturday.

"But the academy" has become a familiar refrain to deflect criticism of the Philadelphia Union's performance on the field or majority owner Jay Sugarman's lack of spending comparable to other teams in Major League Soccer.

Preseason match report: Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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A Union lineup featuring mostly reserves got repeatedly killed on the counterattack as they fell to USL side Tampa Bay in their final preseason match.

News roundup: Curtin confirms Dočkal talks, Fontana to start opening day, more

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Curtin confirms Bořek Dočkal contract talks with Union, Anthony Fontana to start opening day, Brendan Burke gets a contract extension, MLS CCL action, and more news.

How the Bořek Dočkal signing changes the game

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A look at Philadelphia Union's pending signing of Czech international playmaker Bořek Dočkal. PSP's Dan Walsh looks at contract scenarios, how Dočkal fits in with the team, how he'll need to adjust, and what message it sends to Union fans.

Preseason match report: Philadelphia Union 1-2 D.C. United

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The Union fell 2-1 to D.C. United in the opener of the Suncoast Invitational, but the individual battles for positions were just as important as the result.

An unattractive answer: the truth about Ilsinho

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Nick Fishman continues PSP's offseason series, "The search for a No. 10," with a microscopic look at a divisive player. With no new signing in sight, is Ilsinho the right answer to the Union's biggest question?

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/30/17

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The Union are actually trying to sign a player (maybe), USMNT youth camp (definitely), and more in today's links

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Report: Union make offer for Polish defender
He's got international experience and a $2.4m release clause.

12 players with ties to the Union called into U.S. youth summit camp in Florida

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Mark McKenzie, Anthony Fontana, Matthew Real, Justin McMaster and eight current academy players received invites

A dozen players with ties to the Philadelphia Union are among the 153 players heading to Florida next week for a United States youth international camp for players across the U16 through U20 teams.

Philadelphia Union announce protected list

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These are the 11 players that LAFC won't be getting from the Union

The Philadelphia Union announced their list of the eleven players they would protect during the 2017 Expansion Draft. Players signed via the Homegrown Player and Generation adidas mechanisms are automatically protected.

Protected: Alejandro Bedoya, Andre Blake, Jack Elliott, Marcus Epps, Fabinho, Fabian Herbers, Ilsinho, Haris Medunjanin, Fafa Picault, Keegan Rosenberry, CJ Sapong, Anthony Fontana (Homegrown Player), Derrick Jones (Homegrown Player), Adam Najem (Homegrown Player), Auston Trusty (Homegrown Player), and Josh Yaro (Generation adidas).

Philadelphia football: Comparing Union players to Eagles players

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As the Union's season crawls to a disappointing conclusion, the Philadelphia Eagles kick off their season this Sunday in Washington D.C. PSP is here to offer the definitive comparison of the two teams. Some choices are simple (I wonder who Doug Pederson is), while Carson Wentz's counterpart may surprise you.

Union transfer news, MLS Week 23 preview, and another bid joins the race for the 2026 World Cup: Brotherly Game Daily Links 8/12/17

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Match day links

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Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact
After one of their best wins of 2017, the Union face the Impact in a match with huge playoff implications.

The Union's transfer window passiveness was probably the right course of action
Which pairing would you rather have; a $394,000 Roland Alberg and a $518,000 Ilsinho, or a $65,000 Anthony Fontana and a $850,000 designated player?

Brotherly Game Daily Links 8/4/17

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Union news, Neymar moves, and much more in today's links.

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With two-thirds of the season gone, Union's Chris Pontius has yet to score
We're 22 games into the Philadelphia Union season and Chris Pontius hasn't found the back of the net.

McCarthy and Blake share a unique friendship
This month has also shown that the Union have one of the best goalkeeping tandems in the league.

The Rest

Steeling Info: Brandon Aubrey

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Who better to talk to about Brandon than someone who watched him a bunch last year?

Bethlehem Steel FC feel a bit different this year. They're coming off a very successful 2017 campaign that saw the club make the playoffs in USL play. They also had success in developing kids like Matt Real, Anthony Fontana, and, to a lesser extent, Cory Burke and Mark McKenzie, who have all been rewarded with first-team deals.

Player to Watch: Anthony Fontana

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Take a look at one of the Union's most promising young prospects, Anthony Fontana.