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Philadelphia Union

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 then rescinded highlighted Philadelphia Union's first win since May, a 1-0 home victory over D.C. United.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.

GAME THREAD: LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Info

  • Date: April 29, 2017
  • Time: 10:30 PM ET
  • Place: StubHub Center, Carson, CA
  • Television: The Comcast Network - Mike Watts and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union are an abysmal 1-6-2 against LA Galaxy
  • Know Thy Enemy: LAG Confidential

Starting XI

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

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.

Haris Medunjanin

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 [.

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.