Jay Simpson

Philadelphia Union

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.

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.

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.

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.

GAME THREAD: LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Info

  • Date: April 29, 2017
  • Time: 10:30 PM ET
  • Place: StubHub Center, Carson, CA
  • Television: The Comcast Network - Mike Watts and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union are an abysmal 1-6-2 against LA Galaxy
  • Know Thy Enemy: LAG Confidential

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Fabrice-Jean Picault, Roland Alberg, Chris Pontius; C.

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.

Union 2017 salaries: Jay Simpson got paid

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Two new players are making more than the max budget charge.

As they do almost every year around this time, the MLS Players' Union has released player salary information for the current season. Below is the salary of every Philadelphia Union player as of a week and a half ago. Click here for the salaries of every player in MLS.

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?

Match analysis: DC United 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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A poor first half gave way to a more energetic second frame, but Philly's self-inflicted wounds were too much to overcome against DC United. PSP's Adam Cann explains and, among other things, highlights why Alejandro Bedoya and Jay Simpson were non-factors.

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.

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.

Have the Union answered our questions?

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Jim O'Leary asks if we know more about this team after three games than we did in preseason?

News roundup: Simpson returns to training, Creavalle on national duty, and more – FRIDAY

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... and the rest of the day's news.

News roundup: Simpson returns to training, Creavalle on national duty, and more

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Simpson back to training, Creavalle off to Guyana, and the rest of the day's news.

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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.

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.

Jim Curtin

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.

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

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 Bethlehem Steel

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C.J. Sapong scored twice, but Bethlehem held their own for much of the match in their final USL season tuneup. PSP has a match report.