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Philadelphia Union

The Sugarman question

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Can the Union ever be a top team with Jay Sugarman as their owner? Even though the path to getting there is very narrow, Peter Andrews says yes.

Union a class below their fun-to-watch opponents

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Last week's matches against Toronto and Atlanta were evidence of what creativity, talent, and — yes — cash can do for your soccer team. Peter Andrews on another tough week for the too-boring Philadelphia Union.

Union’s class of 2017 looks good at the halfway mark

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Earnie Stewart's offseason signings started slowly, but have become essential pieces of the 2017 Union. Peter Andrews analyzes the new crop of players.

At long last, a smile or two from the Union

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With the winless streak at 16 games, the weight of the world sat on the Union's shoulders. Peter Andrews on the joys of breaking the streak.

Jim Curtin

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.

Time to demand more on the road

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Why can't the Union replicate their home form on the road? Peter Andrews discusses the need for the Union to be bold on the road, along with his thoughts about Ilsinho, Ray Gaddis, and VAR.

Jim Curtin is pressing all the right buttons

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Four wins in a row, and Jim Curtin is off the hot seat. Peter Andrews reviews the manager's string of good decisions and what we've learned these last six weeks.

The defense can’t rest

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The Union's dysfunctional defense is at the heart of their disastrous season. Peter Andrews examines what's gone wrong, and makes the case for switching to a three-man backline.

The Rest

Disaster

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It's all over. Peter Andrews on U.S. Soccer's ultimate nightmare.

The frustration of Chris Pontius

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Chris Pontius hasn't scored a goal this season, despite playing almost every game. Peter Andrews considers his frustrating season and why Pontius continues to start every game.