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Steel FC sign Jamaican International Omar Holness

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The midfielder joins from Real Salt Lake

Well, the rumor was a younger guy with a huge pedigree and a lot of experience for his age would be heading to Bethlehem Steel FC.

The 23-year-old Jamaican international Omar Holness fits that bill perfectly.

Starting in college at the University of North Carolina, Holness notched five goals and 11 assists in 59 matches while helping to lead the Tar Heels to three NCAA tournament appearances.

2017 Expansion Draft: Who the Union are protecting, and what that says about 2018

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Reading the tea leaves and trying to extrapolate that to what this team will look like next season.

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.

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News roundup: Union re-sign 3, MLS expands to Nashville, Swansea manager-less, more

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Also: Union preseason date, Blake's European ambition, Rutgers article, RSL acquisition, MLS long-shot video, Female Young Player of Year, ManU loses, soccer books for Xmas

Newcomer of the Year: Jack Elliott

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He deserved to win Rookie of the Year, but we didn't have a say in that matter.

Philadelphia Union announce protected list

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These are the 11 players that LAFC won't be getting from the Union

The Philadelphia Union announced their list of the eleven players they would protect during the 2017 Expansion Draft. Players signed via the Homegrown Player and Generation adidas mechanisms are automatically protected.

Protected: Alejandro Bedoya, Andre Blake, Jack Elliott, Marcus Epps, Fabinho, Fabian Herbers, Ilsinho, Haris Medunjanin, Fafa Picault, Keegan Rosenberry, CJ Sapong, Anthony Fontana (Homegrown Player), Derrick Jones (Homegrown Player), Adam Najem (Homegrown Player), Auston Trusty (Homegrown Player), and Josh Yaro (Generation adidas).

Assessing the Union departures

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PSP assesses the personnel departures announced by Philadelphia Union this week.

Union end of season presser: Curtin stays, Pontius leaving, more

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Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon, confirming that Curtin will return as head coach and that the club will continue to build on the foundation laid over the past two seasons.

Union decline contract options on Ilsinho, Herbers, Onyewu, Wijnaldum, Edu

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The Union cleared a bunch of roster space with Wednesday's moves, which Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin will discuss in a press conference this afternoon.

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.

Fabian Herbers receives his green card, Zlatan to LA Galaxy?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/14/17

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Almost time for weekend links.

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Winter is not coming: A less-than-serious preview of the Philadelphia Union's 'Game of Thrones' night
When you play the game of soccer, you win, lose or draw.

Philadelphia Union: Fabian Herbers receives his Green Card
The Philadelphia Union will now have extra international spots as Fabian Herbers has received his Green Card.

Curtin’s press conference: homegrowns and swan songs

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PSP recaps Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. The coach touched on two Union players' selection in the MLS Homegrown game, the friendly with Swansea City, and the club's overall first half of the season.

Curtin’s press conference: Red Bulls, injuries, and influx of youth

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PSP recaps Jim Curtin's Friday press conference. He touched on Maurice Edu's health, the loss in the U.S. Open Cup, and the play of his young midfielders.

Match report: NYCFC 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Two late goals from NYCFC erased Fafa Picault's opener as the Union lost their second straight match, 2-1.

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.

Match report: Real Salt Lake 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Joao Plata's goal ended Philadelphia Union's four-game winless streak, as hosts Real Salt Lake earned a 1-0 victory over a poor Union side.

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.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Colorado Rapids

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Haris Medunjanin and C.J. Sapong scored second half goals as the Union came from behind to defeat 10 man Colorado Rapids 2-1.

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.

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.

Philadelphia Union 2, Houston Dynamo 0: Instant recap and player ratings survey

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Three wins in a row, and the Union are rolling.

A tremendous first half for the Philadelphia Union leads to their third straight win, and the calls for Jim Curtin's head continue to die down. The Union dominated from the first whistle, as they applied pressure on the Houston Dynamo's back line with a great attempt in the fourth minute by Fafa Picault.

The Union go from futility to juggernaut

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The Union have suddenly gone from futility to juggernaut. What changed? A few things, as PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

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?

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.

Players to watch: players we watched, part II

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In 2017, the PSP staff identified several players that would have a key role in the team's success. Now, after a start so slow even an [anecdote about slowness, maybe a turtle?], we check back in on those players' contributions toward the team's success.

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.

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.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Fabian Herbers

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Greg and Mike talk with Fabian Herbers, preview the match with D.C. United, and discuss the USMNT's World Cup Qualifying matches.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Player to watch: Fabian Herbers

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Last year, Herbers gradually worked his way into the lineup and become a key contributor. Where does he fit this year? New PSP writer Zac DeMedio looks at this intriguing second year player.

Union questions: Who will score the goals?

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

The Rest

MLS Ticker: Atlanta reportedly on verge of big signings; NYCFC extends Matarrita; and more

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Gerardo "Tata" Martinez's heavy South American influence helped guide Atlanta United FC to a successful inaugural season. Now, the manager may be bringing in more talent from the region to bolster the squad in itssecond campaign.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,Atlanta United FC is on the verge of adding two Argentine players in midfielder Ezequiel Barco from Independiente and defender Franco Escobar from Newell's Old Boys.