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 Union's played scared to lose, and it cost them against Montreal Impact. PSP's Adam Cann explains.
As the Union's winless streak continued, one player stood out among the rest. C.J. Sapong is PSP's player of the week.
Philadelphia Union could not hold onto a three goal lead at home and continue to search for a win after a 3-3 draw with Montreal Impact.
The Union blow a 3-0 lead as they remain winless in 2017
A Roland Alberg brace was still not enough for the Union to grab their first win of the season, as the Union draw with Montreal 3-3. The game got off to a perfect start for the Union as they opened the scoring in the fifth minute off a great move from Roland Alberg off an assist by CJ Sapong.
- Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
- Time: 1:00 PM
- Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
- Television: 6ABC - JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth
- Stream: MLS Live
- Know Thy Enemy: Mount Royal Soccer
- Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Ilsinho, Roland Alberg, Chris Pontius; C.
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?
Hump Day links!
Philadelphia Union News
Union's Alberg shows glimpses of potential in return to starting lineup
We've heard the criticism of Roland Alberg: he doesn't run; he doesn't play defense; he's lazy; he came into camp overweight; he doesn't fit the system.
How the Sons of Ben have continued building a relationship with their city of Chester
At the end of February 2008, Don Garber officially announced that Major League Soccer would be expanding to Philadelphia in the 2010 season.
The Union fell to NYCFC 2-0 at home to remain winless on the season.
Jim O'Leary asks if we know more about this team after three games than we did in preseason?
PSP's weekly player report card. Please sign and return.
Who will score the goals for a Union side seeking an offensive identity?
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.
The Union hit for a hat trick of signings this week. PSP's Dan Walsh takes a closer look at each signing, changes that Incomplete grade for the off-season, and considers if these moves could pave the way for Roland Alberg's departure.
More roster moves for the Union and other Union bits. League news. More.
New month, new links.
Philadelphia Union News
Philadelphia Union sign Haris Medunjanin
The Bosnian midfielder didn't take long to get here.
Roland Alberg headed to Europe?
Here's why Alberg may or may not be leaving the Philadelphia Union.
Report: Philadelphia Union hopes to have "final news" on Adam Najem this week
Shouldn't be long before we find out if Adam Najem's future lies with Philadelphia Union.
Union bits. How did Bedoya and Pontius do in the USMNT's scoreless draw with Serbia? Bradley "sad and embarrassed" by Trump travel ban. More news.
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.
Have Union acquired rights to Akron playmaker Adam Najem from NYRB? Union preseason begins today. Has Le Toux signed with DC? Details for second Philly Unity Cup. More.
Dan Walsh and Peter Andrews have some thoughts about the 2017 Union. About a week's worth of thoughts, actually. Part three tries to figure out center midfield and defense.
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 Dan Walsh and Peter Andrews have some thoughts about the 2017 Union. About a week's worth of thoughts, actually. Part 1 looks at the striker position.
Alas Kevin, we hardly knew ye.
The Philadelphia Union has officially sent Kevin Kratz to Atlanta United Atlanta's natural Fourth Round MLS SuperDraft pick in 2020. With Major League Soccer's half-day trade window open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern today, the Union was able to officially go through with the trade which had been announced last month by Earnie Stewart in his end of the year press conference.
Newsy news bits and such like.
Morris wins ROY, Alex Morgan, Christen Press and USWNT blast Romania, USMNT preps for showdown with Mexico in Columbus.
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.
Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio, and Jozy Altidore were all on target as Toronto FC dispatched the Union in the first round of the MLS Playoffs.
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.
Tranquillo Barnetta will not re-sign with the Union, will join his hometown club in Switzerland after end of season. More news.
Union continue playoff push on Saturday away to Toronto. More news.
When everyone's available, the Union can beat anyone. But when they're not, the midfield is a mess. PSP's Dan Walsh lays it out.
Union look to solidify their campaign to reach the playoffs. UNion Academy season begins on Saturday. US looks to advance to final round of World Cup qualifiers. More news.
Curtin confirms McCarthy will start against Chicago, Brian Carroll and Ilsinho "on trend now to be available" for the game. Other Union news and more.
Sporting Kansas City got some good news today as an independent review panel rescinded the fine and suspension that was given to Roger Espinoza for his red card that he received in the 87th minute of KC's 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union. On the play Espinoza was trying to control a ball near the top of Kansas City's box, to do so he put up his arm to shield off the oncoming Roland Alberg from getting to the ball.
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.
In the final post in our Questions to Answer series, Peter Andrews examines the potential combinations in the center of midfield.
Union sign Dutch left back Giliano Wijnaldum. Bedoya, Pontius, Rosenberry called up by USMNT. Division 2 sanctioning vote expected today. More.
Pontius on having a healthy season. Fan vote open for Union Player of the Year.
The PDL MVP just pounded another nail into the MLS SuperDraft's coffin, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, observations on the Union's Roland Alberg and how Alejandro Bedoya and Warren Creavalle are (not) meshing.
Roland Alberg had an explosive middle of the season, but is there room for him on the roster next year?
Quick, name the top players in MLS in terms of goals scored per minute played. If you thought of Sebastian Giovinco, Bradley Wright-Phillips, David Villa, Frank Lampard, Ola Kamara and players like that, you were right.