season reviews

Philadelphia Union

Midseason review: Philadelphia Union

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A roundtable panel of PSP contributors reviews the first half of Philadelphia Union's season.

Season Reviews: The goalkeepers

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Davis Russell evaluates the Union's 2014 goalkeeping corps and wonders what will be ahead in 2015.

Season Reviews: The sillier moments of the year

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Chaco's kids, Mo's kicks, and a horde of goalkeepers: Peter Andrews on some of 2014's sillier situations.

Season review: The limits of a good system

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Jim Curtin's counterattacking system was the success story of 2014 in Philadelphia. But its limitations were also the team's downfall. By combining Curtin's tactics with a possession-based approach, the Union can be in the 2015 playoff picture.

Season review: The resurgence of Sébastien Le Toux

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Sébastien Le Toux became a star in Philly. Then he went away and his star faded. Then he came back, but his star was just flickering. In 2014, it burst back into life.

Season review: Re-evaluating those early season assumptions

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PSP reevaluates those early assumptions about the things we thought we knew about Philadelphia Union in early 2014 and how they played out over time.

Season Reviews: Behind the Curtin — What we have seen and what to expect

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What do we know about Jim Curtin as a manager? The truth is: It's hard to tell.

Season Review: Reevaluating John Hackworth’s firing

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PSP's look back at the 2014 Union season moves on to a reevaluation of John Hackworth's firing and considers the factors that led to it.

Season review: Reevaluating the Maurice Edu Trade

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PSP's Peter Andrews reconsiders the Maurice Edu trade, on all fronts.

Season review: The McInerney-Wenger trade

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The McInerney-Wenger trade of 2014 was one of those rare beasts: a swap where both teams came out ahead.

Season review: 2014’s late collapses and how to fix them

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Every team gives up late goals once in a while, but in 2014 the Union made it an art form. What needs to change?

Season review: Vincent Nogueira, a savior or overrated?

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Vincent Nogueira was one of the top players wearing blue and gold in 2014, with many even declaring him the best ever to where the Union shirt. Was he? Can he be even better in 2015? PSP explores.

Season Review: Winners and losers in 2014

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PSP kicks off its revamped annual season review series on the Philadelphia Union by looking at the winners and losers this year for the club.

End of season review: Castrol Index vs. PSP player ratings

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We compare how Union players ended the season in the Castrol Index with the end-of-season averages of their PSP player ratings.

Midseason review: Castrol Index vs. PSP Player Ratings

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A look of how Union players rank in the Castrol Index compared to their ranking based on the average of their PSP player ratings.

Season review: Ray Gaddis

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The natural right back improved over the course of the season at left back, a position the Union hope to upgrade in the offseason. Will value to the Union in 2014 come as a depth player or in a trade?

Season review: Jeff Parke

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Jeff Parke chose to come home to play soccer this season, and the Union benefited from a very good season from the veteran defender.

Season Review: Brian Carroll

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A tireless defender, Carroll defines the hard-working Union.

Season review: Jack McInerney

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Our series of season reviews continues with rising MLS star Jack McInerney.

Season review: Sheanon Williams

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PSP kicks off its annual season reviews for Union players with Sheanon Williams, one of the best right backs in MLS.

Postseason roundtable – Philadelphia Union

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PSP brought together a roundtable of contributors to talk about the Union's season.

Hackworth after one year: An assessment

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Photo: Earl Gardner Author's note: This post takes a big picture look at John Hackworth's performance during his first year as Union manager. For an evaluation of his on-field tactical management, read Adam Cann's accompanying post tomorrow. To say that John Hackworth inherited a troubled Philadelphia Union club one year [.

Season review: John Hackworth

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John Hackworth wasn't transformational, but he did transition a team going nowhere into a team with a chance to compete in 2013. Was this achievement enough to earn a full season in charge?

Season review: Freddy Adu

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Freddy Adu lived up to the fears more than the hype in 2012, and it's unlikely he will have a chance at redemption in 2013.

Season Review: Raymon Gaddis

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Being honored by the Sons of Ben with a large banner in River End means you've made quite the impression on the Philadelphia Union's fiercest fans. Doing so during your rookie season is even more impressive.

Season Review: Jack McInerney

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Jack McInerney proved he has the goods in 2012, but where should the Union play him going forward?

Season Review: Chandler Hoffman

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It was a roller coaster rookie season that included a match winning goal against one of Europe's great clubs, a PPL Park record, and a painful big toe fracture, all the while struggling to get important minutes with the first team.

Season Review: Gabriel Farfan

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The converted from the midfield, Farfan is still learning the nuances of positioning as a left back. He's simply too talented, too committed, and has too much potential to not have a place in the starting XI.

Season Review: Amobi Okugo

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Taking a young player who is still coming into his own and shifting him to a new position could be recipe for disaster. Not for Amobi Okugo.

Season review: Keon Daniel

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Keon Daniel had a strangely quiet 2012 season after he strangely disappeared from the U.S. due to "visa issues" in late 2011. PSP explores his situation in this season review, including asking whether Daniel was abducted by aliens and replaced by a copy. (Yes, really.)

Season Review: Carlos Valdes

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While he may not have expected to captain the Union in 2012, Carlos Valdes led his young team from the front, proving his quality at every turn.

Season Review: Chris Albright

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While he was serviceable in all appearances, and rarely a liability, his lack of speed and athleticism puts his playing future in doubt. His non-physical tools, however, may see his tenure with the Union continue for some time.

Season Review: Zac MacMath

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The second year keeper had his problems in 2012, some of which were related to reasons out of his control, others that are the product of youth.

Season review: Michael Farfan

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While 2012 was not the breakout year for Michael Farfan that many had expected or hoped for, is there a player on the roster with more upside?

Season Review: Bakary Soumare

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He played one game. And got hurt. Hopefully 2013 is better.

Season Review: Chase Harrison

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The personification of a journeyman, Chase Harrison is a guy the Union can afford to keep around for the 2013 season.

Jim Curtin

Season review: The defense

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New contributor Davis Russell considers what worked defensively, and what did not, for the Union in 2014.

Season Review: Antoine Hoppenot’s ups and downs in 2014

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Unable to find the back of the net, or even many minutes with the Union, Antoine Hoppenot took his loan opportunity with Harrisburg City Islanders to become a better, more confident player. His next step is to again prove himself in MLS in 2015.

The Rest

Midseason review: Castol Index v PSP’s postgame player ratings

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A comparison of how Union players are ranked in the Castrol Index with their rankings based upon the average of their postgame player ratings.

Season Review: The Homegrowns

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Young, incredibly talented and full of promise, Sean Doyle's look at the Union's homegrown players season with comments from Union Reserve Team coach Brendan Burke.