Jay Simpson

Philadelphia Union

Postgame analysis: Philadelphia Union 4-1 Real Salt Lake

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Fafa Picault and Borek Dockal put in dominant performances as the Union once again showed they can play on the left side of the field after all. PSP's Dan Walsh has the postgame analysis.

Game thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

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The Union look to make it two wins in a row as Real Salt Lake comes east.

Lineups

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Ray Gaddis, Auston Trusty, Mark McKenzie, Keegan Rosenberry; Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin; Fafa Picault, Boreck Dockal, Marcus Epps, Jay Simpson

Tonight's starting XI, presented by @acmemarkets.

Has Mark McKenzie played himself into the starting 11?

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After an impressive performance against Montreal, has Mark McKenzie claimed a starting spot? Jim Curtin answered that and more during his weekly press conference.

Jay Simpson’s contract is an anchor on the Philadelphia Union’s salary cap

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He's not a good fit, so why is he here?

When looking at the MLS salary information that was published last week, a bunch of numbers jumped off the page. But for Philadelphia Union fans, the number that had to leave most Union fans left scratching their heads was the base salary for Union striker Jay Simpson.

Match preview: Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union

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As the Union look end their road woes, PSP's Nick Fishman gets you ready for this weekend's contest in Montreal.

Stop Calling the Union Cheap

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Once again fans are looking for the cause of the Union's woes, but this time we can be absolutely certain it isn't the budget.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 0-2 Orlando City

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Spoiler alert: NOT GOOD!

Lots to like in a low-difficulty opener

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Sure, the Revs aren't world-beaters. But the Union's talented youth and positive mentality fuel a justified optimism. PSP's Peter Andrews on what we learned from match 1 of 34.

In Pictures: Philadelphia Union Meet the Team

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With the season set to get under way, PSP photographer Paul Rudderow shares his snaps Wednesday night's Meet the Team at Dave & Buster's.

Preseason match report: Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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A Union lineup featuring mostly reserves got repeatedly killed on the counterattack as they fell to USL side Tampa Bay in their final preseason match.

News roundup: Union smash Montreal, all quiet on Czech front, Klinsmann’s salary

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Plus: Bethlehem Steel beat Penn FC, top 98 players born since '98, the keeper's gotta cell phone on the pitch, and more.

Preseason match report: Philadelphia Union 1-2 D.C. United

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The Union fell 2-1 to D.C. United in the opener of the Suncoast Invitational, but the individual battles for positions were just as important as the result.

Dreaming of greener pastures

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As the Union offseason follows a familiar pattern, fans' patience is wearing thin.

PSP Men’s Player of the Year: C.J. Sapong

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C.J. Sapong had a career year. What better way to celebrate it than to name him our Men's Player of the Year.

Player to watch: Jay Simpson

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Jay Simpson's future is cloudy as the Union embark on another season outside of the playoffs.

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.

Player ratings: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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PSP dives into the player ratings of the Union's final road game of 2017, a 3-2 defeat in Chicago.

Player Ratings: Philadelphia Union 3 – 1 Chicago Fire

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The Union gave a standout performance in contrast with their recent run. Christian Sandler breaks down who the biggest contributors were.

Player Ratings: New York Red Bulls 0 – 0 Philadelphia Union

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The good, the bad, and the concerningly disinterested.

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.

Player Ratings: Toronto FC 3 – 0 Philadelphia Union

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Poor performances from several players overshadowed a few bright spots on the Union's final trip to Canada this season.

Tactical analysis: Columbus Crew 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Neither team was good in the final third, but Columbus stuck to their gameplan and it paid off with a big win over the Union

Player Ratings: Columbus Crew 1 – 0 Philadelphia Union

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

Halftime report: Columbus Crew SC 0, Philadelphia Union 0

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It wasn't the most eventful first half, but the Union were able to go to the locker room tied at 0-0.

Forget about attractive, attacking soccer. The Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew SC's first half was a grinding 0-0 affair that neither team should be proud of but both could be somewhat happy with.

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.

Stock rising/falling: Union 2-2 Swansea City

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It may have been a glorified training exercise, but that won't stop us from assessing player performances. Peter Andrews on who impressed and who didn't against the Swans.

Friendly match report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Swansea City

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Goals from C.J. Sapong and Jay Simpson earned the Union a 2-2 draw in their friendly match against Premier League side Swansea City.

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.

Stock rising, stock falling: New York Red Bulls 1 (5)-1 (3) Philadelphia Union

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PSP takes a look at who is rising and who is falling after a wild affair in Harrison, N.J.

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.

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.

Roland Alberg

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.

Season Review: The missteps

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The Union made more than a few mistakes this year, but a handful stand out as specific moments where things went wrong.

Is Blake for sale? Sort of, but…

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Jim Curtin weighed in on Andre Blake's transfer prospects after the goalkeeper's impressive Gold Cup, as well as one prime prospective replacement.

The Rest

Jay Simpson hits the big screen

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Literally.

With the Union trailing the Chicago Fire by a goal in the waning moments of the match, Jim Curtin turned to his bench in search of a late equalizer.

Enter Jay Simpson.

Only 64 seconds after coming into the game, the English striker stepped up and just booted the hell out of a ball.

Some Union players still have much to fight for

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Hopes are low for the team finding success with what's left of the season, but there are still several players with things left to prove by the end of the year.