Chris Pontius

Philadelphia Union

Player of the week: C.J. Sapong

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As the Union's winless streak continued, one player stood out among the rest. C.J. Sapong is PSP's player of the week.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-3 Montreal Impact

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Philadelphia Union could not hold onto a three goal lead at home and continue to search for a win after a 3-3 draw with Montreal Impact.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact

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Game Info

  • Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: 6ABC - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • Know Thy Enemy: Mount Royal Soccer

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Ilsinho, Roland Alberg, Chris Pontius; C.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact – THURSDAY

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The two worst teams in the Eastern conference square off this Saturday. Montreal is looking to build on their first victory of 2017. The winless streak is significant for the Union, but so is their four game losing streak. Is this the week Jim Curtin's men change their fortune?

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 NYCFC

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The Union fell to NYCFC 2-0 at home to remain winless on the season.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-3 Portland Timbers

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The Union fell to a third straight defeat with a 3-1 home loss to the Portland Timbers. Updated, with Three Points.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers

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Game Info

  • Date: April 8, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)
  • Television: The Comcast Network (TCN) - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union are 1-3-3 all time against the Portland Timbers, however they have never lost at home.

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.

Player ratings: D.C. United 2-1 Union

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The winless streak continues, as the Union turn in a poor performance. For the most part, they played as individuals. Let's evaluate them as such.

Full transcript and notes: Jim Curtin’s weekly presser

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Jim Curtin talked injuries, a big game against DC United, and Christian Pulisic on Wednesday afternoon.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at D.C. United

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The Union aim for their first win in seven months when they travel to RFK Stadium on Saturday. PSP previews the match.

Have the Union answered our questions?

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Jim O'Leary asks if we know more about this team after three games than we did in preseason?

Contracting Larin-gitis: Orlando City 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Despite being overmatched and outplayed on the road, the Philadelphia Union nearly stole a road point from Orlando City.

This is not what the Philadelphia Union had hoped for when they made the trip to Orlando this weekend. Their first win of the season would have been euphoric, and a road draw against an as yet undefeated team would have been satisfying.

Halftime report: Orlando City 1, Philadelphia Union 0

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Not the Union's best half.

In a very physical match, the Philadelphia Union are down a goal to Orlando City SC at the half.

The Union started out pretty well with a couple of good runs forward, however it was Andre Blake's sliding saves that set the tone early. The first was in the box in the eighth minute, and the second was at eleven minutes outside of his box where a sliding tackle upended Jose Rivas.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Orlando City SC-THURSDAY

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We take a look at the upcoming Philadelphia-Orlando match. Here is a few things to watch when the teams take the field in central Florida.

Tactical Analysis: Philadelphia Union continue to gel into cohesive unit

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The Philadelphia Union offense shows signs growth

On a day with arctic winds, the Philadelphia Union offense displayed their potential with a solid performance against a talented Toronto FC side.

Building on a scoreless draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Union put together a quality attack in addition to solid defense.

Player ratings: Union 2-2 Toronto

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PSP's weekly player report card. Please sign and return.

Philadelphia Union 2 , Toronto FC 2: Recap and player ratings

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The Union gain their second point of the season after an exciting match with Toronto.

The Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC split the points tonight, as they were both able to score two goals a piece. The Union opened the scoring in the 11th minute of this one, as new striker Jay Simpson opened his Union scoring account with a low header after a cross into the box from Fabian Herbers was nodded on by Chris Pontius.

Halftime report: Philadelphia Union 1, Toronto FC 1

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Mark Geiger didn't disappoint.

A great half by the Philadelphia Union was marred by a call that went Toronto FC's way at the half, and the sides went in to the locker room at 1-1.

The Union had a good chance early when Alejandro Bedoya hit a great cross from the right over to Chris Pontius, whose header went just wide of the goal.

Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC Game Thread

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Game Info

  • Date: March 11, 2017
  • Time: 4:30 PM ET
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: Comcast SportsNet
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: Series is tied 6-6-5
  • Know Thy Enemy: Waking The Red

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Oguchi Onyewu, Keegan Rosenberry; Haris Medunjanin, Derrick Jones; Chris Pontius, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers; Jay Simpson
  • Toronto FC: Clint Irwin; Nick Hagglund, Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta; Justin Morrow, Victor Vazquez, Michael Bradley, Armando Cooper, Tsubasa Endoh; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore

Bench

  • Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis, Warren Creavalle, Roland Alberg, Fafa Picault, C.

Player of the week: Derrick Jones

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There was a lot placed on the shoulders of a homegrown player making his professional debut. No one could have expected a performance like this. Derrick Jones is PSP's player of the week.

Player ratings: Whitecaps 0-0 Union

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Who impressed? Who didn't? PSP hands out player ratings for the Union's opener.

Vancouver Whitecaps 0, Philadelphia Union 0: Recap and player ratings

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The Union come away with a point from the Pacific Northwest

The Philadelphia Union opened up the 2017 season with a 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Fans got a good look at many of the Union's offseason additions with Jay Simpson, Oguchi Onyewu, Haris Medunjanin, and Derrick Jones making the starting XI, with Fafa Picault being substituted into the game in the 71st minute for Chris Pontius.

Game Thread: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 PM ET
  • Place: BC Place, Vancouver, BC
  • Television: The Comcast Network
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: Philadelphia Union are 2-3-2 (W-L-D) against the Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Know Thy Enemy: Eighty Six Forever

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Oguchi Onyewu, Keegan Rosenberry; Derrick Jones, Haris Medunjanin; Chris Pontius, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers; Jay Simpson
  • Vancouver Whitecaps: David Ousted; Jordan Harvey, Christian Dean, Tim Parker, Sheanon Williams; Alphonso Davies, Andrew Jacobson, Matias Laba, Cristian Techera; Erik Hurtado, Kekuta Manneh

Bench

  • Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy, Ken Tribbett, Ray Gaddis, Warren Creavalle, Roland Alberg, Fafa Picault, C.

Union questions: Who will score the goals?

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Who will score the goals for a Union side seeking an offensive identity?

Philadelphia Union 1, Tampa Bay Rowdies 0: Recap and player ratings

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A Derrick Jones goal was enough to give the Union a 1-0 win at Al Lang Stadium.

By preseason standards, it was a great game. The players all looked pretty fit, the Union scored a goal, and no one got hurt as the Philadelphia Union downed the Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0.

After a rather uneventful first half, Derrick Jones got sprung on a great pass from Chris Pontius and faked out the goalkeeper to give the Union a goal in the 73rd minute.

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.

More Union preseason dates, Bedoya and Pontius in USA-Serbia draw, Bradley on Trump travel ban, more

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Union bits. How did Bedoya and Pontius do in the USMNT's scoreless draw with Serbia? Bradley "sad and embarrassed" by Trump travel ban. More news.

Blake and Burke called up, Union bits, league news, Bedoya talks USMNT, more

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Union's Blake, Steel's Burke, called up by Jamaica. Bedoya on what's changed under Arena at USMNT. More.

Have Union acquired Adam Najem? Preseason begins today, Le Toux to DC, league news, more

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Have Union acquired rights to Akron playmaker Adam Najem from NYRB? Union preseason begins today. Has Le Toux signed with DC? Details for second Philly Unity Cup. More.

Union bits, league news, more

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Got news if you want some.

2017 schedule, SuperDraft today, league news, more

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Union schedule out. SuperDraft won't be as exciting as last year for Philly. League news. More.

USL and NASL both D2 for now, Union bits, more news

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USL and NASL to share Division 2 status in 2017. Union bits. League news. More.

Alejandro Bedoya

Fixing the Union: Midfield Edition

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In this portion of Fixing the Union, we look at what is going wrong with the midfield.

Inspired by a mailbag question, this series looks at ways the Union could theoretically become a winning side again.

Let's not mince any words: The Union's midfield is one giant unadulterated mess, with multiple players who make too much money to be benched for poor play.

Picault signed, Bedoya/Pontius vs Blake in USA-JAM friendly tonight, league news, more

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Union add a speedy winger. Union teammates face off in tonight's USA-Jamaica friendly. League news. For and against Trump travel ban. A thank you.

Chris Pontius makes USMNT debut against Serbia

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Pontius subbed in for Union teammate Alejandro Bedoya in a scoreless draw with Serbia in San Diego

Chris Pontius was inches away from glory in his international debut Sunday against Serbia in an international friendly that ended in a scoreless draw at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.

Pontius, who checked into the game in the 65th minute for teammate Alejandro Bedoya, pounced on a loose ball in the box in the 90th minute and fired a left-footed shot that beat the keeper but just missed the inside of the far post.

Union signing and national team call ups, league news, sanctioning vote today, more

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Union sign Dutch left back Giliano Wijnaldum. Bedoya, Pontius, Rosenberry called up by USMNT. Division 2 sanctioning vote expected today. More.

The Rest

What Medunjanin will bring and other Union bits, league news, more

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Insight into new signing Haris Medunjanin and other Union news. SoB election results. Steel open preseason training. League news. more.

Rosenberry cut from United States roster ahead of Serbia friendly

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Philadelphia's Keegan Rosenberry one of five players trimmed from Bruce Arena's roster

Keegan Rosenberry won't get a chance to earn his first cap with the United States National Team this weekend after all.

The second-year defender and first-time camp invitee was one of five players released back to their clubs ahead of Sunday's friendly against Serbia in San Diego.

Arena names 23-man squad for Serbia, Jamaica friendlies

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Bruce Arena has confirmed the 23-man squad that will compete for selection in his first game back as U.S. Men's National Team manager.

The former LA Galaxy boss kept many of the regular starters like Michael Bradley, Alejando Bedoya, Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris in the squad, but he also opened the door for some MLS-based players to make an impact on the pitch after an impressive two-week training stint in California.