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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.

Fixing the Union: Midfield Edition

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In this portion of Fixing the Union, we look at what is going wrong with the midfield.

Inspired by a mailbag question, this series looks at ways the Union could theoretically become a winning side again.

Let's not mince any words: The Union's midfield is one giant unadulterated mess, with multiple players who make too much money to be benched for poor play.

Question to answer: Will the midfield click?

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In the final post in our Questions to Answer series, Peter Andrews examines the potential combinations in the center of midfield.

Blake named to MLS Best XI, Steel and Academy bits, new OC head coach, league news, more

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Blake first Union player since Le Toux in 2010 to receive MLS Best XI honor. Ocean City has a new head coach. More.

Curtin praises Barnetta, Kratz secures P1 Visa, Blake called up by Jamaica, more

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Union news. League news. More.

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.

Maurice Edu taking small steps to return during 'year from hell'

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CHESTER, PA When Maurice Edu stepped on the field for the Philadelphia Union's USL affiliate Bethlehem Steel on Sunday, it was certainly celebrated after his long injury absence. However, that was just the first step for the midfielder in his full recovery.

The 31-year-old Designated Player, who joined the Union in 2014, has not played in a Major League Soccer game since September 20, 2015, when he played the full 90 minutes against the Houston Dynamo.

Fans’ View: Will Maurice Edu ever return?

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Will Maurice Edu ever return? If so, what is his role? The Union should disclose this to the supporters.

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.

Curtin’s press conference: Red Bulls, injuries, and influx of youth

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PSP recaps Jim Curtin's Friday press conference. He touched on Maurice Edu's health, the loss in the U.S. Open Cup, and the play of his young midfielders.

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.

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.

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?

Player of the week: Christian Pulisic

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With a Champions League goal, Hershey's second most famous export is PSP's player of the week.

Fans’ View: Philadelphia Union kick off their 8th season

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After an emotional 2016, Philadelphia Union embark on their eighth season. Second year Sporting Director Earnie Stewart has made a number of moves this offseason leaving fans anticipating a playoff run.

Readers poll: Philadelphia Union predictions

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How will the Union do this year? Who will be their MVP? How would you grade their off-season? Will Maurice Edu ever make it back? Vote on these questions and more in our preseason readers poll.

Deconstructing the “injury-prone” label

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Is Josh Yaro injury-prone or is something else at play? PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the different factors that lead to frequent injuries for certain types of players and hazards a guess on how this affects the sidelined Union defender.

Deconstructing the “injury-prone” label

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Is Josh Yaro injury-prone or is something else at play? PSP's Dan Walsh looks at the different factors that lead to frequent injuries for certain types of players and hazards a guess on how this affects the sidelined Union defender.

The Union are a veteran team built to win now

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PSP's Dan Walsh looks at how Earnie Stewart quickly turned a young team with a smattering of veterans into a veteran team with a smattering of youth.

Union bits, Steel to play Junior Lone Star, league news, more

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Preseason training continues. Steel to play Junior Lone Star in preseason game. League news. USMNT news. More.

Union still shopping as Edu nears return while Onyewu, Picault join camp

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The Philadelphia Union have made some shrewd additions to bolster their depth for the 2017 season, but just because the preseason has started doesn't mean the club is done doing business.

Head coach Jim Curtin and sporting director Earnie Stewart both indicated a few moves are on the horizon as the team prepares to make the trip down to Florida for the bulk of its preseason training.

Union’s off-season grade: Incomplete

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PSP's Dan Walsh looks at some prospective new additions to the Union as they start preseason training today with their shopping list of off-season needs apparently incomplete.

A chat about the 2017 Union: Part 2

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Dan Walsh and Peter Andrews have some thoughts about the 2017 Union. About a week's worth of thoughts, actually. Part two looks at Roland Alberg, Ilsinho, and the rest of the attack.

PSP’s Best of 2016

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A remarkable rookie, a human highlight reel for a goalkeeper, and an amateur team that kept on winning. Here it is: The best of Philadelphia soccer in 2016.

MLS off-season begins in earnest

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Philadelphia Union could lose a man in today's expansion draft, but some intriguing names could be available in free agency and the re-entry draft.

Expansion Draft today, more news

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Expansion Draft today. Union bits. League news. More.

Union bits, USA-Mexico and the election, more

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Alberg reflects on adjusting to MLS, looks ahead to 2017, and other Union news. New dimension to USA-Mexico game following Tuesday's presidential election. More.

Union links, Philly Unity Cup final at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, more news

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Sapong on the 2016 season. Carroll on returning in 2017. Liberia-Ivory Coast Unity Cup final. MLS conference semi second legs on Sunday. More news.

Union playoff appearance more formality than achievement

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When Roland Alberg was caught on camera apparently telling Tranquillo Barnetta to "f*ck off" during Sunday's loss to NYRB, it seemed to sum up the Union's late season collapse into the playoffs, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. But that wasn't the only thing.

Notes from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, BSFC open tryout, more news

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Curtin on finding a spark, injuries and resting players. Other Union news. Bethlehem Steel announces open tryout. Mini pitch opens in North Philly. More news.

Union news and notes, more

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Newsie news bits.

Union injury update, Bedoya on USWNT pay dispute, US draws with NZ, more

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Union injured returning to training. Bedoya on the USWNT's pay dispute. Bethlehem's Cory Burke scores first goal for Jamaica. US draws 1-1 with New Zealand. More.

Union news and notes, more

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Highlights of Jim Curtin's comments to reporters on Wednesday and other Union news. This weekend's Union U-17's Generation adidas Cup East Regional qualifiers schedule. More.

Playoff race just got tighter, notes from Curtin’s presser, praise for Barnetta, more

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Montreal and DC pull within a win of passing Union. Curtin calls Barnetta best player to ever wear a Union jersey and more notes from his weekly presser. More news.

The Rest

Match report: Bethlehem 1 – 3 Louisville

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While the Steel lost to Louisville, they were not outclassed by the elite side from Kentucky.

United States roster cuts, MLS moves: Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/28/17

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Go ahead and sleep in, the links will be here when you're ready.

Philadelphia Union News

Rosenberry cut from United States roster ahead of Serbia friendly
Philadelphia's Keegan Rosenberry one of five players trimmed from Bruce Arena's roster.

At some point, Union goalkeeper Andre Blake was the subject of European interest
Earlier this offseason, a Twitter rumor popped up linking Andre Blake to a trial in Belgium or the Netherlands.