Giliano Wijnaldum

Philadelphia Union

Assessing the Union departures

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

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.

PSP roundtable: The state of the Union

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We asked PSP's writers the big questions about the state of the Union. Here's what they had to say.

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.

Halftime Recap: Philadelphia Union 2, Atlanta United 1

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Through goals from Alberg and Bedoya, the Union lead by one at the half.

Through 45 minutes, the Philadelphia Union boast a 2-1 lead over Atlanta United FC. Roland Alberg and Alejandro Bedoya struck twice for the Union early on, but Yamil Asad quickly struck back for Atlanta.

Alberg's goal came in the 18th minute, when Atlanta made a mess of a Keegan Rosenberry cross.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Atlanta United

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Game Info

  • Date: August 26, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: Comcast SportsNet - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS LIVE
  • All-Time Record: First meeting between the clubs
  • Know Thy Enemy: Dirty South Soccer

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Giliano Wijnaldum, Jack Elliott, Josh Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Fafa Picault, Roland Alberg, Chris Pontius; C.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-3 Montreal Impact

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Blerim Dzemaili scored twice and Ignacio Piatti added a PK as the Impact defeated the Union 3-0.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 FC Dallas

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The Union downed FC Dallas 3-1 behind two goals from C.J. Sapong and one from Ilsinho.

Halftime recap: Philadelphia Union 2, FC Dallas 0

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Ilsinho and CJ Sapong with goals as the Union are up at the half.

During a halftime interview with Comcast, Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin called it "one of the best halves we've had" as the Union raced out to a 2-0 lead on FC Dallas.

The Union had a good chance early when Giliano Wijnaldum played a fantastic ball forward to Fafa Picault.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas

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Game Info

  • Date: August 5, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: The Comcast Network - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union have 0 wins, 5 losses, and 4 draws against FC Dallas
  • Know Thy Enemy: Big D Soccer

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy; Giliano Wijnaldum, Oguchi Onyewu, Jack Elliott, Raymon Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Fafa Picault, Ilsinho, Chris Pontius; C.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas

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In desperate need of three points, the Union will face off against one of MLS' best: FC Dallas. PSP gets you ready for what's to come this Saturday.

Player of the week: C.J. Sapong

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After finally hitting double digits in goals, C.J. Sapong is PSP's player of the week. But who would you choose?

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew

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

Player Ratings: Columbus Crew 1 – 0 Philadelphia Union

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Saturday's game earns some players praise, and several players scorn.

GAME THREAD: Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union

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The first of the Union's home-and-home series with the Crew is tonight.

Game Info

  • Date: July 22, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Place: Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Television: The Comcast Network
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union trail the series with 10 losses, 7 wins, and only 1 draw.

Player ratings: Montreal Impact 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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With both sides playing poorly, the Union lost 2-1 in Montreal. This week's player ratings take a look at what went wrong for the boys in blue.

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.

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.

Player ratings: Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Union escaped Kansas City with a point through some John McCarthy heroics and a Roland Alberg penalty. We've got complete player ratings.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 3-0 New England Revolution

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As we celebrate our nation's independence, the Philadelphia quelled a Revolution of their own. PSP is here with the player ratings from the Union's 3-0 win over (New) England.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution

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This weekend against New England, Philadelphia could take a step upward in the standings and set the tone at the halfway point of the season.

Player of the week: Andre Blake

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Andre Blake came up huge as his departure to the Gold Cup creeps closer. The Jamaican is our player of the week.

Five thoughts on the Union: Medunjanin’s class and more

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PSP's Dan Walsh shares some thoughts on the Union, starting with Haris Medunjanin's class and running through to the lesson the Union should learn from the Chicago Fire's signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 1-0 D.C. United

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Just like the fireworks after the match, some players sparkled while others fizzled. Catch up with PSP's player ratings after the Union's victory over D.C. United.

Stock rising, stock falling: Union 3-1 Harrisburg

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The Union breezed past Harrisburg on Wednesday night. Which players helped their standing with the team, and which players failed to seize the opportunity?

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 Harrisburg City Islanders

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Derrick Jones, Marcus Epps, and C.J. Sapong were all on target as the Union defeated Harrisburg 3-1 in the U.S. Open Cup.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Harrisburg City Islanders

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Game Info

  • Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)
  • Television: None
  • Stream:
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union are 7-1-1 against the Harrisburg City Islanders, going 3-0-0 against them in the Lamar Hunt U.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Harrisburg City Islanders

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Game Info

  • Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)
  • Television: None
  • Stream:
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union are 7-1-1 against the Harrisburg City Islanders, going 3-0-0 against them in the Lamar Hunt U.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Harrisburg City Islanders

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The Islanders make their yearly pilgrimage to Chester for the U.S. Open Cup.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In reserve: Which Union loanees could help them now?

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There might be help for the Union down on the farm from reserve players who have been showing well there. PSP's Tim Jones evaluates Giliano Wijnaldum, Adam Najem, Marcus Epps, Jack Elliott and Auston Trusty for Union duty.

Question to answer: Are the Union a playoff team?

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Can the Union meet or even exceed the benchmark they set last season? PSP's Jim O'Leary takes stock.

Commentary

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.

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.

The Rest

Player to watch: Keegan Rosenberry

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After a disappointing season, what does the offseason and 2018 hold for Keegan Rosenberry?