Earnie Stewart

Philadelphia Union

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/16/17

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Earnie Stewart focused on Philadelphia Union's long-term success as playoff hopes fade
Earnie Stewart promised big changes at Philadelphia Union, but he was smart enough not to box himself inside too specific a timeline.

Philadelphia football: Comparing Union players to Eagles players

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As the Union's season crawls to a disappointing conclusion, the Philadelphia Eagles kick off their season this Sunday in Washington D.C. PSP is here to offer the definitive comparison of the two teams. Some choices are simple (I wonder who Doug Pederson is), while Carson Wentz's counterpart may surprise you.

The Union, the process, and the No. 10

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There has been ample time for Philadelphia Union to acquire help at the No. 10. Through two transfer windows, the Union found nobody. PSP's Adam Cann lays out the problem in depth and takes the front office to task on it.

Union responds to criticism over town hall meeting

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A Philadelphia Union spokesman responded to a PSP column critical of the team's town hall meeting for season ticketholders last week, saying there was no intent to keep secret the meeting's contents. He explained the club's approach and thought process. Here's what he had to say.

Doubting the process

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The Union held a town hall meeting for season ticket-holders but refuse to let anyone else know what happened. PSP's Adam Schorr thinks he knows why.

News roundup: MLS transfer window closes without Union deals

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There was a ton of player movement around MLS, but the Union's biggest personnel move is a new tattoo artist. PSP runs down the day's news, including the sad news about former Sons of Ben president Kenny Hanson.

Union inactive during summer transfer window as offseason moves loom

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union have been quiet during the transfer window, and unless you count the addition of their Chief Tattoo Officer, they won't be doing any business before the Wednesday night deadline.

Both head coach Jim Curtin and sporting director Earnie Stewart confirmed that the Union won't be doing much before midnight, and it probably is for the good of the club.

Five thoughts on the Union, the universe and everything

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Andre Blake's international breakthrough, a Union summer transfer window update, Roland Alberg does Roland Alberg things, Najem and Epps, and the man/myth/legend that is Mike Petke. PSP's Dan Walsh hits it all.

Anthony Fontana signs homegrown deal with Philadelphia Union

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17-year-old Newark, Delaware native becomes third player to travel pipeline from Academy to Steel to first team; will officially join first team on January 1, 2018

Anthony Fontana signed a first team contract with the Philadelphia Union on Monday, two days after making his debut in a friendly against Swansea City.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: The Past Two Shows – Earnie Stewart and Matthew De George

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Our last two podcasts: This week featuring Matthew De George and last week's featuring Earnie Stewart.

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.

PSP talks tactics with Union head coach Jim Curtin

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Jim Curtin has guided Philadelphia Union through some difficult times, but now he is tasked with helping the club build a new foundation for success. A slow start has led many to question whether he's up for the job. PSP spoke to Curtin to find out more about how the adjustments he has made to help the team get back on track.

Fans’ View: The Union season ticketholders’ town hall meeting

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Philadelphia Union held a town hall meeting Thursday for season ticketholders. Union fan Staci Klemmer was there and shares this perspective.

An open response from Jay Sugarman

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Philadelphia Union majority owner Jay Sugarman responds to PSP's call for him to improve the Union or sell the team. Read his open letter to PSP, which he sent to PSP Wednesday night.

Tactics matter more when you make bad investments

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Yes, tactics matter. Particularly when you invest in players the way the Union have. PSP's Dan Walsh examines the Union's transfer strategy in light of new MLS salary data, as well as Jim Curtin's approach to tactics.

Poll: Housecleaning at Philadelphia Union

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Who needs to go at Philadelphia Union, who haven't won a game since August? The head coach? The sporting director? The owners? Particular players? Weigh in our readers poll and make your voice heard.

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?

On leadership and Philadelphia Union

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The American soccer world sometimes mystifies (and falsifies) what leadership is. PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the issue through the lens of Philadelphia Union.

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.

Player of the week: C.J. Sapong

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For the Union, it was a game without many positives. One player, however, shone brightly. C.J. Sapong is PSP's player of the week.

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.

Philadelphia Union sign Jake McGuire as third goalkeeper

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Former University of Tulsa keeper was drafted by the Houston Dynamo in January

The Philadelphia Union signed a third goalkeeper on Friday, inking a deal with former University of Tulsa standout Jake McGuire.

McGuire was drafted in the second round, 30th overall, by the Houston Dynamo in January's MLS SuperDraft but was released by the club to trial with the Union earlier this month.

Chris Nanco signing with Bethlehem Steel completes draft class

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Former Syracuse star inks a USL deal, becoming the fifth 2017 SuperDraft pick to sign with the organization

While the Philadelphia Union didn't have a first round pick in January's SuperDraft, Earnie Stewart and company still managed to put together a decent draft class while also acquiring one of the top college prospects via a trade with New York Red Bulls.

Player to Watch: Derrick Jones

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Mental quick study Derrick Jones may become the first product of the Union Academy and wholly-owned affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC to start for the Union as a complementary player to Haris Medunjanin and Alejandro Bedoya.

Fans’ View: Philadelphia Union kick off their 8th season

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After an emotional 2016, Philadelphia Union embark on their eighth season. Second year Sporting Director Earnie Stewart has made a number of moves this offseason leaving fans anticipating a playoff run.

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.

Union sign Adam Najem

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Following a trade for his rights, the Union announced the signing of attacking midfielder Adam Najem.

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.

Union sign Fabrice “Fafa” Picault

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Picault is a Union trialist no more.

Union complete off-season with whirlwind of signings

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The Union hit for a hat trick of signings this week. PSP's Dan Walsh takes a closer look at each signing, changes that Incomplete grade for the off-season, and considers if these moves could pave the way for Roland Alberg's departure.

Union sign Medunjanin, St. Pauli says Picault to join the Union, more news

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More roster moves for the Union and other Union bits. League news. More.

Union sign Bosnian midfielder Haris Medunjanin

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The left-footed 31-year-old central midfielder has experience in both attacking and defensive midfield roles.

Union sign Oguchi Onyewu

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Union announce signing of two-time US World Cup veteran center back.

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.

Jim Curtin

Thoughts on coaching

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Of all the teams to choose to coach for, what makes so many Union players return as coaches?

The kids aren’t alright

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The Union plan to build through their academy. But there's no proof the current staff can manage young players once they're ready for first-team minutes. Peter Andrews on the regression of the Union's youngsters this season.

The Rest

An assessment a little past midseason: Bethlehem Steel FC

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PSP analyzes why the 2017 version of the Bethlehem Steel is better than that of the previous year. There are three clear reasons.

Young women at the Academy, and three other Steel points

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Three practical realities indicate YSC Academy will remain an all boys school for the immediate future. And other Steely tidbits