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.
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?
The Portland Timbers are in the City of Brotherly Love today to take on the Philadelphia Union. The Timbers are looking to reestablish themselves as a top team in the league after going winless in their last two matches, but in order to do so they will need to get through a team in Philadelphia that have their backs up against the wall and have yet to win a match.
In a very physical match, the Philadelphia Union are down a goal to Orlando City SC at the half.
The Union started out pretty well with a couple of good runs forward, however it was Andre Blake's sliding saves that set the tone early. The first was in the box in the eighth minute, and the second was at eleven minutes outside of his box where a sliding tackle upended Jose Rivas.
These are the things that will need to happen for the Union to get a good result.
1.) Watch for the mismatch: Last year, Toronto FC had a field day against the Union. They lined Sebastian Giovinco up on their left (the Philadelphia Union's right) and Jozy Altidore on their right (Union's left).
The Union come away with a point from the Pacific Northwest
The Philadelphia Union opened up the 2017 season with a 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Fans got a good look at many of the Union's offseason additions with Jay Simpson, Oguchi Onyewu, Haris Medunjanin, and Derrick Jones making the starting XI, with Fafa Picault being substituted into the game in the 71st minute for Chris Pontius.
Philadelphia Union Sign SuperDraft Selection Jack Elliott Philadelphia Union have announced that they have signed defender Jack Elliott, who becomes the third member of the club's 2017 MLS SuperDraft class to ink an MLS contract.
With five injuries in eight months, how concerning is Josh Yaro's long-term health? Let's hope that Oguchi Onyewu is fit and healthy by March 5th, because he's going to be starting in the Union's season opener.
Oguchi Onewyu obviously heard and felt the criticism. After nearly two years away from the field, it was impossible not to. It was a two-year exile from the sport he loves, one which left many wondering if he had anything left to offer. For quite awhile, it appears that there wasn't much left, as trial after trial and tryout after tryout failed to produce the opportunity needed to reignite a stagnated career.
No matter what the results of the groundhog, we're only four weeks away from Union soccer!
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The Philadelphia Union found a replacement for Vincent Nogueira Even with Alejandro Bedoya, Tranquillo Barnetta, and Warren Creavalle plugging the gap, the Philadelphia Union midfield just didn't look the same after Vincent Nogueira's midseason departure last year.