Oguchi Onyewu

Philadelphia Union

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.

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?

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.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-3 Portland Timbers

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The Union fell to a third straight defeat with a 3-1 home loss to the Portland Timbers. Updated, with Three Points.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers

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Game Info

  • Date: April 8, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)
  • Television: The Comcast Network (TCN) - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union are 1-3-3 all time against the Portland Timbers, however they have never lost at home.

Portland Timbers at Philadelphia Union: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [4:00]

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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.

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.

D.C. United and Washington Spirit get wins & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, the Basterds.

Hi. It's my first day back in the office after dropping my kid off for his first day of school, so I'll console my wife about this.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over the Philadelphia Union by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at D.C. United

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The Union aim for their first win in seven months when they travel to RFK Stadium on Saturday. PSP previews the match.

Halftime report: Orlando City 1, Philadelphia Union 0

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Not the Union's best half.

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.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Orlando City SC-THURSDAY

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We take a look at the upcoming Philadelphia-Orlando match. Here is a few things to watch when the teams take the field in central Florida.

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.

Player ratings: Union 2-2 Toronto

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PSP's weekly player report card. Please sign and return.

Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC Game Thread

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Game Info

  • Date: March 11, 2017
  • Time: 4:30 PM ET
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: Comcast SportsNet
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: Series is tied 6-6-5
  • Know Thy Enemy: Waking The Red

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Oguchi Onyewu, Keegan Rosenberry; Haris Medunjanin, Derrick Jones; Chris Pontius, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers; Jay Simpson
  • Toronto FC: Clint Irwin; Nick Hagglund, Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta; Justin Morrow, Victor Vazquez, Michael Bradley, Armando Cooper, Tsubasa Endoh; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore

Bench

  • Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis, Warren Creavalle, Roland Alberg, Fafa Picault, C.

Three keys to a Philadelphia Union victory against Toronto FC

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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).

Player ratings: Whitecaps 0-0 Union

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Who impressed? Who didn't? PSP hands out player ratings for the Union's opener.

Vancouver Whitecaps 0, Philadelphia Union 0: Recap and player ratings

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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.

Game Thread: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 PM ET
  • Place: BC Place, Vancouver, BC
  • Television: The Comcast Network
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: Philadelphia Union are 2-3-2 (W-L-D) against the Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Know Thy Enemy: Eighty Six Forever

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Oguchi Onyewu, Keegan Rosenberry; Derrick Jones, Haris Medunjanin; Chris Pontius, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers; Jay Simpson
  • Vancouver Whitecaps: David Ousted; Jordan Harvey, Christian Dean, Tim Parker, Sheanon Williams; Alphonso Davies, Andrew Jacobson, Matias Laba, Cristian Techera; Erik Hurtado, Kekuta Manneh

Bench

  • Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy, Ken Tribbett, Ray Gaddis, Warren Creavalle, Roland Alberg, Fafa Picault, C.

Question to answer: Are the Union a playoff team?

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Can the Union meet or even exceed the benchmark they set last season? PSP's Jim O'Leary takes stock.

Player to watch: Oguchi Onyewu

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What can we expect from Oguchi Onyewu in 2017?

Stock rising/falling: Union 2-3 DC United

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The Union wrapped up preseason play with dispiriting 3-2 loss to DC United. Which players took advantage of the opportunity? New PSP writer Nick Fishman breaks it down.

Union fall to DCU in preseason finale

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An early flurry of goals lifted D.C. United over the Union as both teams closed out their preseason.

After a disastrous first 25 minutes, the Philadelphia Union rallied to make their loss to D.C. United look a bit more respectable.

DCU stormed the Union defense early on, finding goals through Patrick Nyarko, Jared Jeffrey, and Patrick Mullins in a span of just 10 minutes.

Possible Barcelona tour of US, Chicharito to MLS?: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/25/17

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Weekend links are back baby.

Philadelphia Union News

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.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Oguchi Onyewu

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New centerback and USMNT veteran Oguchi Onyewu talks to Greg Orlandini about signing with the Union and working with the young back line.

Stock rising/falling: Union-Impact 2-2

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Who helped their case for the season opener, who looks bench-bound following the Union's 2-2 draw with Montreal?

Game thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact

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Game Info
  • Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 PM Eastern, 4:00 PM Pacific, 12:00 AM UTC
  • Venue: Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex (Clearwater, Fla.)
  • Television: None
  • Streaming: Philadelphia Union's YouTube Page
  • All-time record: Montreal leads 5-3-5 (W-L-D)
  • Know Thy Enemy: Mount Royal Soccer, a Montreal Impact community
Starting XI
  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Oguchi Onyewu, Richie Marquez, Fabinho; Haris Medunjanin, Derrick Jones; Ilsinho, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers; Jay Simpson
  • Montreal Impact: Maxime Crepeau; Daniel Lovitz, Victor Cabrera, Laurent Ciman, Hassoun Camara; Patrice Bernier, Marco Donadel, Hernan Bernadello; Ignacio Piatti, Nick Dupuy, Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla
Injuries Philadelphia Union
  • Josh Yaro will miss the next 3-4 months to undergo shoulder surgery.

No Yaro, no problem?

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Josh Yaro's injury opens the way for someone else to claim a starting center back spot for Philadelphia Union next to Richie Marquez. Who will step up? PSP's Peter Andrews looks at the candidates.

Barcelona routs Alaves, Premier League recap: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/12/17

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Results from Saturday and more moves in the MLS.

Philadelphia Union News

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.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-1 Chicago Fire

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Michael de Leeuw scored the lone goal to drop the Union in a closed door scrimmage in Bradenton, Florida.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Matthew DeGeorge

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Matt DeGeorge joins Greg and Mike to talk Union signings and preseason excitement.

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.

Transcript: Jim Curtin’s preseason conference call

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Jim Curtin spoke with the media on Friday about the shape of the Union midfield, Oguchi Onyewu's preferred side of the pitch, and the big impression Fabian Herbers has made so far in preseason.

After extended absence, Onyewu ready to step in and contribute to young Union team

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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.

Sacramento MLS bid woes, Gold Cup Final at Levi's Stadium: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/2/17

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No matter what the results of the groundhog, we're only four weeks away from Union soccer!

Philadelphia Union News

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.

Transcript: Oguchi Onyewu on signing for Philadelphia Union

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Oguchi Onyewu discussed the role he would like to play for Philadelphia Union and how he recovered from injury to earn a chance in MLS in 2017.

Josh Yaro

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.

Josh Yaro undergoes shoulder surgery

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The Union announced that Josh Yaro will miss three to four months after shoulder surgery.

Haris Medunjanin

Picault signed, Bedoya/Pontius vs Blake in USA-JAM friendly tonight, league news, more

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Union add a speedy winger. Union teammates face off in tonight's USA-Jamaica friendly. League news. For and against Trump travel ban. A thank you.

What Medunjanin will bring and other Union bits, league news, more

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Insight into new signing Haris Medunjanin and other Union news. SoB election results. Steel open preseason training. League news. more.

The Rest

Bradley Wright-Phillips gets his green card, Dom Dwyer gets U.S. citizenship: Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/17/17

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The links are here and they're wearing green for St. Paddy's Day.

Philadelphia Union News

Union's Jay Simpson 'coughing up blood' after scoring debut MLS goal
Don't be surprised to see C.J. Sapong in Saturday's starting lineup.

Oguchi Onyewu more than holding his own on the back line
When Josh Yaro went down with his torn labrum and underwent should surgery, there were questions about who would fill his void.