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For Pete's Sake

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.

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In Pictures: Union 2-1 Rapids

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand for Saturday nights match, as the Philadelphia Union came from behind to defeat the Colorado Rapids 2-1.

Player of the week: Haris Medunjanin

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For the second consecutive time, Haris Medunjanin is our player of the week. His wonderful free kick ensured the Union earned their fourth victory in a row.

Major League Soccer roundup, Real Madrid wins La Liga title: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/22/17

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Monday's always better after a win and some links.

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Quick Hits from Jim Curtin's Union vs. Colorado Post-Game Press Conference
Some thoughts from Coach Curtin.

What We Learned: Plata predictable in 1-0 RSL loss
Union face Real Salt Lake in their next match, here's how they did in their last match.

PSP talks tactics with Union head coach Jim Curtin

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Jim Curtin has guided Philadelphia Union through some difficult times, but now he is tasked with helping the club build a new foundation for success. A slow start has led many to question whether he's up for the job. PSP spoke to Curtin to find out more about how the adjustments he has made to help the team get back on track.

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.

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.

Fans’ View: The Union season ticketholders’ town hall meeting

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Philadelphia Union held a town hall meeting Thursday for season ticketholders. Union fan Staci Klemmer was there and shares this perspective.

Studs up: An open letter to an open response to an open letter

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PSP's most notorious reader gets another turn at the mic, sounding off on Jay Sugarman and Earnie Stewart and all those music quotes PSP readers keep sharing.

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?

Pine time leads to prime time for Sapong, Rosenberry, others

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Has Jim Curtin's player management begun paying dividends for the Union?

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.

For one night, the Union make it fun again

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The winless streak is over. Enjoy this moment while it lasts.

It was a long time coming.

The past eight months have been horrible for Philadelphia Union fans. A winless streak that was approaching the ignominy of MLS all-time winless streaks does a lot to a fan. It stops being fun to watch the team find new and creative ways to not win, be it a David Villa golazo that we will literally never stop seeing or giving up three unanswered goals to Montreal.

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.

What if coaching isn’t the problem?

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A coaching change would be one of the easiest changes to make, but would it work?

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.

Summary of Jim Curtin’s midweek press conference

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On Tuesday, Jim Curtin spoke to the media about working through a bad run, Josh Yaro's fitness, and putting together 90 minutes ahead of Philadelphia Union's trip to play LA Galaxy.

Player of the week: C.J. Sapong

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As the Union's winless streak continued, one player stood out among the rest. C.J. Sapong is PSP's player of the week.

Poll: Housecleaning at Philadelphia Union

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Who needs to go at Philadelphia Union, who haven't won a game since August? The head coach? The sporting director? The owners? Particular players? Weigh in our readers poll and make your voice heard.

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?

On leadership and Philadelphia Union

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The American soccer world sometimes mystifies (and falsifies) what leadership is. PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the issue through the lens of Philadelphia Union.

Brotherly Bag #3: Heat under Curtin’s seat

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Calls for Curtin's job ring out after another winless week.

After yet another loss, this time to the Portland Timbers at home, Philadelphia Union fans have had a whole week to stew. And rightfully so! This team has been pretty terrible this season. No one in the organization—from the players, to Jim Curtin, to Earnie Stewart—has been spared from criticism recently, and you'll see that again in the questions down below.

Curtin sticking to his guns despite Union's rocky start

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Jim Curtin's loyalty and trust in his players is what's made him such a likable coach in Philadelphia.

Those same qualities could also get him into hot waterin the next few weeks if the Union continue to stumble out of the blocks in a season where they were expected to take a leap forward, not slide backward into the basement of the Eastern Conference and Major League Soccer as a whole.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union v. New York City FC

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With five matches gone in the 2017 season and no wins, the Philadelphia Union host New York City FC and look to find a way to salvage their season and, perhaps, coach Jim Curtin's job.

Summary of Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin talked about the value of patience and consistency, the dangers poised by NYCFC, the left back and left wing positions, and much more in his midweek presser.

It’s time for major changes at Philadelphia Union

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To keep his job, Jim Curtin needs to do something he rarely does: Change. PSP's Dan Walsh suggests how.

News roundup: Under pressure, Steel recap, joint biddin’, more

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Speculation and the blame game ramp up in Union land and what will a North American World Cup look like?

It’s time to hold Jim Curtin accountable

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Nothing is working right now in Chester. Peter Andrews explains why Jim Curtin is the man who deserves the lion's share of the blame for the team's poor start.

It’s time to hold Earnie Stewart accountable

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Forget Jim Curtin. It's time to hold Earnie Stewart accountable for signing players who don't fit the 4-2-3-1 system he and the Union want to employ. PSP's Steve Whisler explains.

Bedoya news, MLS moves, and USL TV exposure: Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/7/17

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A tradition unlike any other, daily links.

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If Alejandro Bedoya is not a number ten, then why is he playing there?
At his midweek press conference, Jim Curtin admitted that things at the number ten spot aren't exactly ideal.

Major league Soccer's Philadelphia Union teams up with Doggie Style Pets
The Philadelphia Union soccer club is going to the dogs.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers

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Will the Timbers to fly across the country and give the Union three artisinal, small batch, organic points?

Summary of Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

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Jim Curtin talked about the importance of the Union's upcoming three game homestand, tweaking the midfield shape, and juggling CJ Sapong and Jay Simpson in his midweek presser.

Tactical Overlook: Is there a magic bullet to solving the Philadelphia Union’s woes?

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Is there a formation change that could get the Union back on track?

With the Philadelphia Union winless since a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on August 27th, 2016, it is clear that some sort of change is needed. Instead of breaking down the tactical play of the Blue and Gold against D.C.

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.

Plenty of blame to go around for the Philadelphia Union's struggles

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Even those of us that are usually among the most optimistic are starting to have a grim outlook.

The Philadelphia Union's loss to D.C. United on Saturday extended the club's winless streak to a dozen games, including the loss to Toronto FC in the 2016 MLS Playoffs. With the last win coming way back on August 27, the club has 8 losses, 4 draws, and a -13 goal differential over the 12 games.

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.

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Union press conference, MLS recap, Wenger finally defeats Mourinho: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/8/17

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Somebody's got a case of the Monday links.

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Jim Curtin's Post-Game Press Conference from Union vs. New York Red Bulls
Here's Jim Curtin's press conference from this weekend's game.

D.C. United drop more points at home in 1-0 loss to Montreal Impact
The Union face DC United on Saturday here's how their last game went.

Union press conference, David Villa contract extension: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/4/17

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Richie Marquez goal vs. Portland named TruMark Financial Goal of the Month for April
Richie Marquez headed home a corner from Haris Medunjanin in the Union's match against Portland, which fans voted as April's Goal of the Month.