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Philadelphia Union

Match preview: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union

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The struggling Union travel to San Jose to take on the Earthquake. PSP tries to convince you to stay up late with our match preview. Hey, it can't be worse than "San Andreas."

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-3 Montreal Impact

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Blerim Dzemaili scored twice and Ignacio Piatti added a PK as the Impact defeated the Union 3-0.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 FC Dallas

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The Union downed FC Dallas 3-1 behind two goals from C.J. Sapong and one from Ilsinho.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas

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Game Info

  • Date: August 5, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: The Comcast Network - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union have 0 wins, 5 losses, and 4 draws against FC Dallas
  • Know Thy Enemy: Big D Soccer

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy; Giliano Wijnaldum, Oguchi Onyewu, Jack Elliott, Raymon Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Fafa Picault, Ilsinho, Chris Pontius; C.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 8/4/17

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

Philadelphia Union News

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.

Curtin’s press conference: homegrowns and swan songs

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PSP recaps Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. The coach touched on two Union players' selection in the MLS Homegrown game, the friendly with Swansea City, and the club's overall first half of the season.

Union draw SKC, LGBT Pride Night details, Gold Cup primer: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/7/17

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Union grab a point before the Gold Cup break, read about that and more in today's links.

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Match recap: Philadelphia Union 1, Sporting Kansas City 1
The Union come back in the second half to grab a point in KC

Bruce Arena: Chris Pontius' long-time MLS play earned him USMNT call-up
Pontius' work rate has proven a bright spot this year, with the 30-year-old recording six assists in 17 league appearances this season.

Match report: Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Union survived a middling performance thanks to a Roland Alberg penalty finish and some big saves by John McCarthy.

Chris Pontius gets Gold Cup call-up, worst week in LA Galaxy history?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/6/17

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The Union travel to Kansas City for tonight's game - read all about it and more in today's links.

Philadelphia Union News

Match preview: Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union
In the last match before the Gold Cup break, the Union head to Kansas City to take on an old nemesis.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New England Revolution

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As we celebrate our nation's independence, the Philadelphia quelled a Revolution of their own. PSP is here with the player ratings from the Union's 3-0 win over (New) England.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New England Revolution

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Sumptuous goals from Ilsinho and Roland Alberg highlighted a solid performance by Philadelphia Union, as they defeated the New England Revolution 3-0.

Stock rising, stock falling: New York Red Bulls 1 (5)-1 (3) Philadelphia Union

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PSP takes a look at who is rising and who is falling after a wild affair in Harrison, N.J.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 1-0 D.C. United

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Just like the fireworks after the match, some players sparkled while others fizzled. Catch up with PSP's player ratings after the Union's victory over D.C. United.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-0 D.C. United

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A Fafa Picault strike, an Andre Blake penalty save, and a red card given... then rescinded highlighted Philadelphia Union's first win since May, a 1-0 home victory over D.C. United.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. Union

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The Union need a win. D.C. comes to town fresh off a slump-busting midweek win over Atlanta. Can the Union take the season series at home on Saturday?

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 New York Red Bulls

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Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice late as the Red Bulls defeated 10 man Philadelphia Union 2-0.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

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Game Info

  • Date: June 18, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: ESPN - Steve Cangialosi and Taylor Twellman, Reporter: Julie Stewart-Binks
  • Stream: WatchESPN
  • All-Time Record: Philadelphia Union have 5 wins, 11 losses, and 3 draws against
  • Know Thy Enemy: Once A Metro

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Oguchi Onyewu, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Derrick Jones; Fafa Picault, Ilsinho, Chris Pontius; C.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

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The Union are looking to take another three points from the Red Bulls. After Sapong's hat trick helped secure a 3-0 win in the last meeting, PSP gets you primed for what to expect on Sunday. Nick Fishman with the match preview.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Harrisburg City Islanders

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The Islanders make their yearly pilgrimage to Chester for the U.S. Open Cup.

Match Preview: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union travel to Yankee Stadium looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat earlier in the season. Can Jim Curtin find scoring depth? Will the back line contain David Villa? PSP gets you ready for Saturday's match against NYCFC.

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.

GAME THREAD: Real Salt Lake vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Info

  • Date: May 27, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • Place: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT
  • Television: Comcast SportsNet - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union have never beaten Real Salt Lake, losing 3 times and drawing 6 times.

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.

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.

Halftime Recap: Union trail by a goal

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Caleb Calvert's first MLS goal has the Rapids ahead at the half.

With the first 45 minutes gone, the last-place Colorado Rapids are leading the Philadelphia Union by one.

Caleb Calvert got his team off the mark a third of the way through the half, running unopposed into the Union's final third and blowing a shot past a clueless Andre Blake.

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.

Pontius 'comfortable' in new midfield role with Union

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union's resurgence over the last month has been nothing short of remarkable, and most of that is credit to the tactical shifts made by Jim Curtin.

With Alejandro Bedoya dropped back to his natural No. 8 position and Roland Alberg and then Ilsinho at the No.

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.

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.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo

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Game Info

  • Date: Wednesday, May 17th
  • Time: 7:30 PM Eastern, 6:30 PM Central, 4:30 PM Pacific
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)
  • Television: The Comcast Network - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: The Union have won four, lost six, and drawn four against the Houston Dynamo in the regular season, and have also lost twice to Houston in the post-season, back in 2011.

Union vs. Dynamo pre-match info, Manchester City and Arsenal recaps: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/17/17

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Hump Day Links!

Philadelphia Union News

Union's Chris Pontius overcame injury to help out in a big win over D.C. United
The midfielder hurt his foot on Tuesday, then had the game's first assist on Saturday.

Takeaways from Jim Curtin's press conference
Some thoughts from Coach Curtin.

Two Union Players Highlight MLS TOTW

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Onyewu's big night gets better and Haris has a coming out party

After a performance worthy of tearing down what little was left of RFK stadium, the Philadelphia Union get some deserved recognition in this week's MLS Team of the Week. Following in the footsteps of CJ Sapong and Andre Blake, Haris Medunjanin and Oguchi Onyewu (!

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

The Rest

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Panama?

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The Gold Cup gets underway for the United States on Saturday, giving several new U.S. Men's National Team players a chance to prove themselves in meaningful games.

A win over Ghana last Saturday gave the USMNT plenty to build off of as the real games begin this Saturday against Panama. Despite the absences of several key veterans, Panama remains the toughest group stage test the USMNT will face in the coming days.

Fan’s View: Set Piece Anxiety

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It's well established by now that part of being a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan is the familiar feeling that no matter how well things seem to be going, there's always trouble lurking just ahead. Cynical maybe, but following the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, 76ers, and Union definitely built my immunity to [.