Commentary

United States Men's National Team

Fixing the Gold Cup

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The Gold Cup is the premier competition for CONCACAF supremacy. It does little to further the US Men's National Team's international agenda, however, and getting "results" in the competition have little impact results in subsequent World Cups.

Alejandro Bedoya, for club and country

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After Alejandro Bedoya's 75-minute appearance for the United States in their demolition of Honduras on Friday night, Peter Andrews discusses the differences in his game when with the national team and with the Union. Plus, Pulisic!

Bethlehem Steel FC

Bethlehem Steel and the USL to MLS pipeline

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Bethlehem Steel FC has already developed an MLS quality player, with two more potentially on the way. But what should fans really make of the Union's USL setup?

Steel profiles: Brendan Burke

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PSP's series of Bethlehem Steel player profiles actually starts with the coach.

A quick look at new Steel signing Matt Real

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Tim Jones on new Bethlehem Steel signing, and Union Academy product, Matt Real.

USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Steel’s Burke comments on USL’s competitive mix

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The 2017 United Soccer League mixes together traditional, stand-alone, independent teams newer and older, with more recent wholly-owned Major League Soccer farm teams. Bethlehem head coach Brendan Burke has commented on the "unique mix."

Reviewing the Union organization’s depth chart

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Wondering about moves during the transfer window? PSP attempts a combined depth chart of the Philadelphia Union-Bethlehem Steel-Philadelphia Union Academy professional rosters.

Dare we think Steel and playoffs?

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A club record unbeaten streak, a 6-point season sweep of last year's champions, lying fifth in the table, and achieving these while missing a major defender and two mainstay attackers provokes thoughts of eastern Pennsylvania sports fans favorite "P" word, "Playoffs."

A year on: 2017 Bethlehem Steel Roster v. 2016

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Tim Jones compares a younger, more versatile 2017 Bethlehem Steel roster to the team's inaugural squad.

Memorial Day musings

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Some observations about the Bethlehem Steel and the USL, from serious issues of future stability to a whimsically fleeting table analysis.

Goliath, and little David from Bethlehem

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Head coach Brendan Burke modestly understated the matter when he described his most recent opponent as a big-budget, fully-resourced side. While they lost a third game to them Saturday, the two previous clean sheet victories deserve remembrance and praise.

Interchangeable parts, 2017

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Earnie Stewart's interchangeable parts idea may work better with soccer players than previously thought.

Lessons from the Steel’s loss to Orlando

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As PSP readers struggle to discern a way forward for the Philadelphia Union organization, here are some follow-up thoughts from down on the farm.

Should Bethlehem play in the second or third division?

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PSP explores the question of which division Bethlehem should play in once USL splits into two divisions.

Bethlehem Steel outlook for 2017

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Preseason is over for the Steel. It is time to fearlessly forecast their future. PSP's Tim Jones looks at Bethlehem's projected lineup, how they'll play, and how the Union loanees and Union Academy players fit in.

USL hybrids, profits and imitating baseball

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As professional soccer evolves in the United States, it has begun to imitate the oldest of American pro sports. PSP's Tim Jones explains.

Philadelphia Union

The missed opportunity in hosting Swansea City

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Summer friendlies are great money makers, but could the Union have made more money with a different opponent?

Union injury rehabs pose questions for shorthanded Bethlehem side

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By intention, the Steel had one discretionary substitution Saturday. It turns out they needed two. Was it a necessary sacrifice or an unnecessary risk?

The Union ship of Theseus

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When Earnie Stewart took the helm of the Philadelphia Union, he inherited a fanbase so tired of failure as to mutiny against the team's ownership. How each defines that relationship is a significant part of the team's "now" narrative.

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.

Should we feel better now that the Union have won?

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The Union have won for the first time since last August, but is there reason to believe that things will be getting any better?

The Union Academy’s future

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The academic portion of the Philadelphia Union's Academy is of necessity undergoing a transition, as it explores a cutting edge in educational technique while still displaying mainstream, rock-solid, independent school values. PSP's Tim Jones, a retired teacher, explains.

It’s time for major changes at Philadelphia Union

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To keep his job, Jim Curtin needs to do something he rarely does: Change. PSP's Dan Walsh suggests how.

It’s time to hold Jim Curtin accountable

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Nothing is working right now in Chester. Peter Andrews explains why Jim Curtin is the man who deserves the lion's share of the blame for the team's poor start.

It’s time to hold Earnie Stewart accountable

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Forget Jim Curtin. It's time to hold Earnie Stewart accountable for signing players who don't fit the 4-2-3-1 system he and the Union want to employ. PSP's Steve Whisler explains.

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?

What Atlanta United’s early success means for the Union

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Atlanta United's big start poses a stark comparison for Philadelphia Union. PSP's Rob Elder breaks it out.

Loving Jim: Apologizing for Curtin in 2017

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Jim Curtin has a lot to prove in 2017. How Union fans measure that improvement is up for debate.

The Medunjanin manifesto

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It was just one game, but Union fans can now dream about what Haris Medunjanin will mean to the team. PSP's Peter Andrews spotlights what the Bosnian showed in Saturday's preseason match.

No Yaro, no problem?

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Josh Yaro's injury opens the way for someone else to claim a starting center back spot for Philadelphia Union next to Richie Marquez. Who will step up? PSP's Peter Andrews looks at the candidates.

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.

Five thoughts on Philadelphia Union

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Matt Polster is expendable, and so is Ray Gaddis. These and other Philadelphia Union-oriented observations, courtesy of PSP's Dan Walsh.

A chat about the 2017 Union: Part 2

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Dan Walsh and Peter Andrews have some thoughts about the 2017 Union. About a week's worth of thoughts, actually. Part two looks at Roland Alberg, Ilsinho, and the rest of the attack.

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Is tonight’s game a rivalry match?

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In the absence of a true regional rivalry, perhaps Union fans can look further afield to find a match worth getting worked up about.

Who is Elías Aguilar?

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Elias Aguilar was training with the team in Chester yesterday, but what if it was more than just "training"?

The Rest

Retro Football: FIFA 97 Soundtrack Featured A Secret Hidden Song – John Motson Commentating/Rapping Over Thumping Techno Track (Video)

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By Mof Gimmers

John Motson has been commentating on football matches since 1971, and in all those hours, he's inevitably said some daft stuff.

However, buried in his gigantic CV is an almost-rap that he did for one of EA's FIFA franchise games.

If you popped your FIFA '97 disc into your stereo, there was an audio track which was only spoken about in the back pages of gaming magazines in the cheats section.

Halfway there: Gili starts, Haris’ defense, direct play, and other notes at the midseason mark

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Giliano Wijnaldum has earned a starting role and why the change in Union fortunes is all about Haris Medunjanin.

Today’s Union Lineup

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Should Jim Curtin use tonight's USOC match against Harrisburg judiciously to experiment?