Jim Curtin set his team up ideally to take on a tired San Jose team, and were it not for two defensive lapses, the Union likely would have won by an even more impressive tally than 4-2.
The Union ran themselves out in the opening 45 minutes against Houston, saving little reserve for the second half and eventually slumping to defeat at the end of a grueling week.
A cagey match opened up in the second half, then the spotlight fell -- as it often has recently -- on Zac MacMath.
Sebastien Le Toux single-handedly won Saturday evening's match between two disappointingly poor sides.
Once again, Philly goes into Kansas City with a plan and executes it well, earning a desperately needed point. Jim Curtin is getting buy-in just in time for the stretch run.
After the Union fell 1-0 to Crystal Palace in Friday night's friendly at PPL Park, we look at the individual performances that stood out, and those that fell short.
Strong showings from Sebastien Le Toux, and center back pairing Maurice Edu and Ethan White, on a night when both the Union and Fire struggles to create shots on goal from open play.
You think the Union looked good on Wednesday night? Wait until Vincent Nogueira and Cristian Maidana get more time together with each playing in their preferred position. Then look out.
The Union should have beaten Colorado. Questionable late game strategy and poor execution cost them dearly when it mattered most.
The Union played too deep to start, responded well to Dallas' opener, then failed to mount a comeback in the second half after a deflating own goal.
There were signs of real progress as the Union returned to league play with a 3-1 road win over New England.
Second half adjustments helped solidify the midfield and sparked the Union fightback.
Chivas USA makes everyone look good. Fortunately for Philadelphia Union, they were this week's beneficiary, but they earned it.
Stranded forwards. Woeful defending. Damaging turnovers. It was a nightmare display on Sunday in LA.
While suspensions, injuries, and international duty played their part, the Union's decision to field their least mobile centerback pairing was at the heart of the Union's dismal loss to New England.
A loss might have be the final nail in John Hackworth's coaching coffin. Instead, the under-fire Union manager got the effort of a lifetime from his makeshift squad.
Neither the defense nor the midfield had a bad day at the office, but proceedings grounded to a halt when the Union reached the final third against DC United.
There were definite positives from the Union's showing in Seattle, but with their winless streak at 8 matches, they must turn positivity into points -- plural -- against DC United.
After the toothless display against Houston, many assumed Philly would spend last week working on how to get the ball from the back to the attacking third with more consistency and speed. The results of such work were not evident in the final product Saturday's loss to Montreal.
PSP has player ratings and analysis from the Union's scoreless draw with Houston on Saturday.
In falling yet again at Red Bull Arena, the Union looked confused, disorganized and at times downright disinterested.
What to do with Nogueira and can someone get the Union some "No Doze"?
Another dominant performance, another disappointing result. PSP has player ratings and analysis on the Union's 1-1 draw with Montreal.
Good teams take positives from losses. Luckily for the Union, there were plenty of positives in Saturday's loss to the Crew.
The Union have never played a better half than they played in the first half against New England on Saturday, winning 1-0.
Barring the final moments of the match, there was a ton to like about the Union's first performance of 2014. PSP looks at the individual and collective play from the season opener.
John Hackworth's decision to bench Jack McInerney and play a new formation in the season finale failed to produce the desired result in the Union's season-ending loss. PSP has analysis and player ratings.
Montreal made adjustments to combat their poor first half showing. The Union did not. Then they lost.
While their closest opponents both scored precious road victories, the Union failed to bring the required intensity and attacking numbers in DC and were only able to salvage a draw.
Kleberson bailed the Union out in a match in which the forwards were far from clinical in front of goal.
The Union relied heavily on Zac MacMath and Kansas City's terrible finishing to break their five-game winless streak.
With little coming through the middle, the Union were left to dump cross after cross into a box patrolled by one of the biggest back lines in MLS. It didn't work.
Player ratings from the Union's 2-0 U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal victory over New England.
The 4-4-2 the Union trotted out against the Cosmos left wide open spaces in the heart of the pitch on both sides of the ball. If they choose to do the same against the Revolution on Saturday, the result will likely be very different.
PSP's Mike Servedio has player ratings and analysis from the Union's 2-2 draw at Chicago.
SoccerLens at Apr 13, 2014 @ 2:48pm UTC
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Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 in an exhilarating encounter at Anfield, with Brendan Rodgers' side moving five points clear at the top of the table.
Liverpool were nothing short of sensational in an action packed first half, with Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel putting them two goals to the good, while City lost key player Yaya Toure to injury.
SoccerLens at Dec 28, 2013 @ 5:12pm UTC
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Man Utd survived a veritable onslaught from Norwich at Carrow Road, snatching a 1-0 win thanks to a second-half strike from substitute Danny Welbeck.
The England striker relived the pressure off the Champions, who obviously missed the influence of the injured Wayne Rooney.
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Chelsea stumbled to a first league defeat against Stoke for 38 years, with a late screamer from substituteOussama Assaidi earning all three points for Mark Hughes' side at the Britannia.
The Blues had led after Acdre Schurrle's superb swivel and shot into the far corner; but Peter Crouch capitalised from some poor Chelsea defending to draw his side level against the run of play.
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Yoann Cabaye's second half effort condemned Man Utd to their second consecutive home defeat for 10 years, as a hard-working Newcastle outfit triumphed at Old Trafford, 1-0.
The result will heap further pressure on the beleaguered David Moyes; with the Scot having had the luxury of picking Dutch hit-man Robin Van Persie for the game, having been without him for the last three matches.
The US was the better team on the night, but serious mistakes at the start and end of the match forced them to accept a 2-2 draw against Portugal.