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Philadelphia Union

Match recap: New York Red Bulls 0, Philadelphia Union 0

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The Union get a point on the road thanks to the stellar play of Andre Blake.

ESPN's Sunday MLS match had the distinct disadvantage of following up the Atlanta United - Orlando City defense-optional match in front of over 70,000 fans and going up against the NFL. Those who remained to watch were treated to a great display of goalkeeping from two of Major League Soccer's best.

Tactical analysis: Minnesota United 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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A wild and ugly game produced some intriguing tactical moves by the managers, but the scoreline reflects Philly's chronic inability to create good chances out of good positions.

Player Ratings: Toronto FC 3 – 0 Philadelphia Union

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Poor performances from several players overshadowed a few bright spots on the Union's final trip to Canada this season.

Sapong making history, big day in MLS moves, and the UEFA Super Cup: Brotherly Game Daily Links 8/9/17

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Philadelphia Union News

CJ Sapong continuing his historic season
CJ Sapong continues to show how important he is to the Union, scoring a brace in the team's 3-1 victory against FC Dallas Saturday.

MLS News

Report: LAFC to sign Mexican international Carlos Vela
Is the first Designated Player signing imminent?

Tactical analysis: Philadelphia Union 3-1 FC Dallas

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Philadelphia Union's number 10 dominated and, finally, the opponent's playmaker was the struggling as a talented Dallas side was dispatched with ease in Chester Saturday night.

Sapong, Ilsinho, VAR lead Union to big win

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An impressive team performance helped the Union stay afloat in the playoff race.

The Philadelphia Union took down FC Dallas on Saturday night, securing a win that they hope will jumpstart a run into the playoffs. CJ Sapong and Ilsinho lead the attack with two goals and two assists, respectively, while the defensive unit kept their sheet clean until second-half stoppage time, with a little help from VAR.

Match report: New England Revolution 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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Stuck in first gear, Philadelphia Union failed to trouble the New England Revolution, who rode a brace from Kei Kamara to a 3-0 victory.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew

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The same teams, playing the same game, lead to significantly different results.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-0 Columbus Crew

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Philadelphia brushed aside nine-man Columbus Crew 3-0 at Talen Energy Stadium, but an on-field confrontation between Roland Alberg and C.J. Sapong took some luster off the victory.

Tactical notes: Montreal Impact 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union gave up two soft goals and failed to create their own in a 2-1 defeat to Montreal.

Tactics quick hits: Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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PSP's Adam Cann fires off some quick hit observations about the tactical dynamics of Philadelphia Union's road draw against Sporting Kansas City.

Match preview: Real Salt Lake v. Philadelphia Union

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Can the Union make it five straight in Sandy, Utah? A road test versus a Western Conference cellar-dweller presents three more points for the taking.

Post-match analysis: Union 2-1 Colorado Rapids

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The Union persevered against a well-organized Rapids defense to secure a club-record fourth consecutive victory.

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.

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.

Real Salt Lake signs a DP, Pogba transfer to Manchester United under investigation: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/10/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Union 3, Red Bull 0: Player grades and analysis for a slump-busting victory
It looked like we might be headed for another drab draw on Saturday night, but something happened around the 70-minute mark that we haven't seen in some time.

CJ Sapong named Player of the Week

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The North American Soccer Reporters liked Sapong's hat trick almost as much as we did.

Following his first career hat-trick, Philadelphia Union striker CJ Sapong has been named this week's NASR (North American Soccer Reporters) player of the week.

CJ's hat-trick helped the Union pull out their first win of the 2017 MLS season, as well as ending their 252 day winless streak dating back to August of 2016.

Andre Blake, CJ Sapong make MLS Team of the Week

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Another streak that was long overdue to end has ended.

It's been a while since a Philadelphia Union player was nominated to the MLS Team of the Week. August 29th of last year to be exact, when Keegan Rosenberry was named in the Week 25 edition. But just like the Union's winless streak, that all came to an end when both Andre Blake and CJ Sapong were named for their performances against the New York Red Bulls.

Philadelphia Union 3, Montreal Impact 3: Instant recap and player ratings survey

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The Union blow a 3-0 lead as they remain winless in 2017

A Roland Alberg brace was still not enough for the Union to grab their first win of the season, as the Union draw with Montreal 3-3. The game got off to a perfect start for the Union as they opened the scoring in the fifth minute off a great move from Roland Alberg off an assist by CJ Sapong.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union v. New York City FC

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With five matches gone in the 2017 season and no wins, the Philadelphia Union host New York City FC and look to find a way to salvage their season and, perhaps, coach Jim Curtin's job.

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.

Halftime Report: Philadelphia Union all square with Portland Timbers

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A solid first half by the Union against the first place Portland Timbers

The Philadelphia Union returned home for the first time since March 11th to take on Portland Timbers. With a returning Richie Marquez and Ilsinho, Philadelphia went into halftime all square with Portland, 1-1.

Philadelphia had the first legitimate shot on net when CJ Sapong backheeled a pass toward goal for Fabinho, whose shot was kicked away from close range by Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.

Match analysis: DC United 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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A poor first half gave way to a more energetic second frame, but Philly's self-inflicted wounds were too much to overcome against DC United. PSP's Adam Cann explains and, among other things, highlights why Alejandro Bedoya and Jay Simpson were non-factors.

News roundup: Sapong super-sub, Marquez backup plan, Zlatan, CCL action, more

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More analysis from the Union's disappointing weekend adventures, what to do about centerback depth, Vancouver and Dallas head to Mexico to make some history, and what the Zlatan?

Match report: D.C. United 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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DC United scored their first two goals of the season, and CJ Sapong's third tally of the year wasn't enough to haul the Union back as Philly lost their second straight match in RFK Stadium on Saturday. Updated.

News roundup: Curtin presser, return from break, Fire World Cup champs, more

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The Union return from international break, Schweini arrives stateside, and other news tidbits.

Philadelphia Union 3, Bethlehem Steel FC 1

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The scoreline is secondary to some really solid play between the two pro teams in the Union organization

It was a perfect day to soccer in Chester, as the Philadelphia Union and Bethlehem Steel FC met for a scrimmage in front of a few dozen fans. While there were referees and score was kept, that was less important than the squads getting a tune up and the coaches getting a chance to evaluate the players.

Where the Union stand

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We are three weeks into the MLS season. What fate lays in store for the Philadelphia Union?

Post-match analysis: Union at Orlando City SC

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Philadelphia Union were timid and impatient, and Orlando City used speed to pounce of the defense's mistakes.

Orlando City 2, Philadelphia Union 1: Instant recap and player ratings survey

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The Union dropped their first game of the season on Saturday night.

The Philadelphia Union suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday night, falling to Orlando City SC, 2-1.

The away side nearly escaped a first half that saw OCSC control every facet of the game, but Cyle Larin finally managed to translate his team's dominance to the scoreboard.

News roundup: Strike force, expected goals, WCQ call-ups, more

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A further review of weekend action and an incisive look at the numbers behind the scorelines.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Toronto FC

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Alejandro Bedoya missed a penalty, but Philadelphia Union rode goals from Jay Simpson and C.J. Sapong to a 2-2 draw in their 2017 home opener against Toronto FC.

News roundup: Trash talk, USWNT in Chester, Dallas through in CCL, Steel down Nova, more

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Alejandro Bedoya reveals Union locker room dynamics and the USWNT score a victory in Chester.

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 2, Montreal Impact 2: Recap and player ratings

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Goals by Ilson Jr. and CJ Sapong weren't enough as Montreal equalized in stoppage time.

A first half rocket by Ilson Jr. and a second half header by CJ Sapong was negated by a goal by Nick DePuy and a goal by Anthony Jackson-Hamel, and the Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact finished with a 2-2 draw.

Major League Soccer

MLS Week 22: VAR makes its debut in Major League Soccer

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MLS week 22 was notable for the introduction of the video assistant referee otherwise known as instant replay. It got used for the first time in Philadelphia's 3-1 win over Dallas, the kind of trivia question that no one should ever bother asking.

Philadelphia took a 3-0 home lead in that game starting with CJ Sapong's goal in the 17th.

MLS recaps, North American 2026 World Cup bid news: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/9/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Sapong's hat-trick the third in Union history
CJ Sapong had a historic night for the Union, when he netted his first career hat-trick in a 3-0 win against New York Red Bulls.

A showcase of Major League Soccer stars shows how much the Union still need to improve
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Fans' View

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 [.

Fans’ View: My new opening day

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Fans' View writer Scott Ellis returns to PSP and Talen Energy Stadium this year after a little hiatus

The Rest

Player of the week: Ilsinho

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After a brilliant performance, Ilsinho is PSP''s player of the week. Maybe his friends from Brazil should visit more often.