Auston Trusty

Borek Dockal

A long season is looming for the Union

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After a rough start to the season, things look bleak for a Union team struggling with old problems. PSP's Christian Sandler on the frustration and apathy setting in among the fan base.

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?

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids

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Borek Dockal looks to take his game up a notch as the Union travel to Colorado for their first road match of the season.

On defense, no news is good news

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Sure, Saturday's match was pretty forgettable. But Jim Curtin will be happy with how his young defense is navigating a choppy March schedule, writes PSP's Peter Andrews.

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.

News roundup: #DočkalWatch2018, Steel win, Morris’ ACL, and Bundesliga protests

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Plus Burke returns to Bethlehem, LAFC's boring uniforms, Johannsson scores, and Sepp Blatter says the darndest things.

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Double dipping: notes from Sarachan and Curtin’s press conferences

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U.S. manager Dave Sarachan announced Christian Pulisic will play for the U.S. in a friendly in Philly, while Jim Curtin suggested that few changes would be made to a struggling Union starting lineup.

Two Union problems, or why real soccer is not a video game

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Right now, the Union seem defined by their attackers' lack of movement off the ball and the youth of their back line.

Player ratings: FC Dallas 2-0 Philadelphia Union

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The Union had their worst display of the season so far. How low can the player ratings go?

Match preview: FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union

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As the Union head to Texas to face FC Dallas, Nick Fishman takes a look at what to expect Saturday evening in Frisco. Is this the week Philly rights the ship?

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 0-2 Orlando City

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Spoiler alert: NOT GOOD!

Mark McKenzie makes MLS debut surrounded by fellow academy alumni

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For the third time this season, an injury cleared the way for another Philadelphia Union homegrown to make his MLS debut

An early season story line of injuries clearing the way for young homegrowns making their MLS debut continued on Friday night when Mark McKenzie got the call to replace the injured Jack Elliott against Orlando City.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 Orlando City SC

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Once again, the Union could not finish their chances as they fell to Orlando City SC at home 0-2.

Curtin breaks the ‘silence’ on Olivier Mbaizo

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The Union finally provided answers on Olivier Mbaizo. The focus also remains on the young back line and a stalled attack

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes

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It was a frustrating night as the Union drew with San Jose. It stemmed from a confounding problem reflected in these player ratings: The parts were good, but did not sum to a greater whole.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes

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Philadelphia Union had a number of chances to take all three points, but they settled for one at home following a 1-1 tie with San Jose Earthquakes.

Tactical analysis: Colorado Rapids 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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Philly can control a game with their defense, but the attack is a work in progress.

Match report: Colorado Rapids 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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2018 starts the same as 2017 on the road. A good first half was undone by an abysmal second as the Union fell 3-0 in Colorado

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.

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.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/10/18

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Accam donates salary, MLS signs a deal with Twitter, and more in today's links

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Philadelphia Union veterans proud of Homegrown player progression
Philadelphia Union defender Ray Gaddis is proud of the help he handed Homegrown centerback Auston Trusty during the developmental process, leading to Trusty's first start on Saturday.

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.

Tactical preview: Accam for the attack, but is the defense good enough to make you stay?

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PSP's Adam Cann gives you a comprehensive preview of the Union's tactics this season

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.

PSP roundtable chat on Philadelphia Union

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PSP writers weigh in on the big questions about Philadelphia Union as we head into the MLS regular season this week.

What to realistically expect from the Union in 2018

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Every new season brings new hope. For Union fans, it also brings a lot of cynicism this year. PSP's Dan Walsh gives the straight talk on what you can realistically expect for the Union this year.

Stock rising, stock falling: Suncoast Invitational edition

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The Union's preseason is winding down as the real season approaches. Who helped and who hurt themselves down in Tampa?

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.

News roundup: C.J. Sapong returns to Union camp, Jim Curtin conference call, EPL Week 26 story-lines

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Goal scoring forward C.J. Sapong returns with team in Clearwater, FL. Head coach Jim Curtin began his weekly conference calls again Thursday afternoon. EPL Week 26 news. Why the sudden influx of South American players?

Anthony Fontana

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.

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.

The Rest

Rate the U: Keegan Rosenberry is back?

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The third-year right back received the highest rating from our fan vote after the Colorado loss

While it was tempting I'm sure to just give every player a downvote following the 3-0 loss to Colorado on Saturday night, our readers certainly didn't pin the blame of the three goals on right back Keegan Rosenberry.

The MLS report: Matchday 3

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It was a colorful weekend in MLS with a shade of sky blue and some reds sprinkled in. PSP's MLS recap is here.