Tactical Analysis

Philadelphia Union

Tactical analysis: Columbus Crew 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Neither team was good in the final third, but Columbus stuck to their gameplan and it paid off with a big win over the Union

Tactical notes: Montreal Impact 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union gave up two soft goals and failed to create their own in a 2-1 defeat to Montreal.

Tactics quick hits: Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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PSP's Adam Cann fires off some quick hit observations about the tactical dynamics of Philadelphia Union's road draw against Sporting Kansas City.

Tactical analysis: Union 3-0 New England Revolution

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Philadelphia Union were the better team on Sunday, and they are looking more and more organized on both sides of the ball.

Tactical analysis: Union 1-0 DC United

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The Union got a big win over DC United at home, but controlling a match in the late moments remains a big issue.

Tactical analysis: Union 0-2 New York Red Bulls

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The Union were never on the front foot, but still had two big chances to take points against a New York team that was disjointed in attack.

How good is Andre Blake?

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Andre Blake is the reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and one of the best shot-stoppers in the league. He is also such a conundrum in possession that he is holding the Union back from reaching their full potential.

Tactical analysis: NYCFC 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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NYC executed their tactical approach better than Philly and it paid off with a late win.

Post-match analysis: Real Salt Lake 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Real Salt Lake out-Union'd the Union last weekend.

Post-match analysis: Union 2-1 Colorado Rapids

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The Union persevered against a well-organized Rapids defense to secure a club-record fourth consecutive victory.

Post-match analysis: Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo

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The front four were stupendous as the Union earned their third straight win to rise within touching distance of the red line.

Post-match analysis: DC United 0-4 Philadelphia Union

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The Union rode a dominant performance from Haris Medunjanin to their second consecutive win.

Post-match analysis: LA Galaxy 0-0 Philadelphia Union

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Philadelphia Union escaped LA with a point despite showing off many of the same issues that have driven their 2017 struggles.

Tactical analysis: Union 3-3 Montreal Impact

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The Union's played scared to lose, and it cost them against Montreal Impact. PSP's Adam Cann explains.

Postmatch analysis: Union 1-3 Portland Timbers

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A strong opening half hour couldn't prevent the Union from falling to a third straight loss. PSP's Adam Cann goes deep into the details to explain why things happened the way they did.

Match analysis: DC United 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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A poor first half gave way to a more energetic second frame, but Philly's self-inflicted wounds were too much to overcome against DC United. PSP's Adam Cann explains and, among other things, highlights why Alejandro Bedoya and Jay Simpson were non-factors.

Post-match analysis: Union at Orlando City SC

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Philadelphia Union were timid and impatient, and Orlando City used speed to pounce of the defense's mistakes.

Post-match analysis: Union 2-2 Toronto FC

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Bad weather gave the Union the opportunity to grab three points against the Eastern Conference champions, but Mark Geiger wasn't having it. Post-match analysis of a promising performance in Philly's home opener.

Post-match analysis: Whitecaps 0-0 Union

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The Union put in a strong performance that indicates they can find success on the road, but their lack of big chances leaves questions about the attack unanswered. Adam Cann dives in with about as thorough an analysis as you're ever going to read.

PSP talks to Jim Curtin: The Five Things

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Adam Cann's series based on his interview with Jim Curtin concludes with a review of the five markers that, if realized, will boost the Union's chances of reaching the playoffs.

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Post-match analysis: Union 0-2 NYC FC

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Philadelphia Union made changes in midfield, but still looked reactive and impotent in their second straight home loss.

Does Adnan Januzaj Fit in Louis van Gaal’s System?

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Does Adnan Januzaj Fit in Louis van Gaal’s System?

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Summarising Holland in the Group Stage: Part 1 – Holland vs. Spain

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English Premier League

Liverpool’s draw at Arsenal showed the benefits and perils of space over possession

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Monday saw Arsenal and Liverpool play out one of the better 0-0 draws in recent memory, with each side laying reasonable claim to dominating a half and finishing deserving winners. It could have finished 1-1, 3-3, or 4-2, to either side, and the fact that it ended goalless only added to the intrigue.

Liverpool’s draw at Arsenal showed the benefits and perils of space over possession

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Monday saw Arsenal and Liverpool play out one of the better 0-0 draws in recent memory, with each side laying reasonable claim to dominating a half and finishing deserving winners. It could have finished 1-1, 3-3, or 4-2, to either side, and the fact that it ended goalless only added to the intrigue.

Liverpool Tactical Analysis: Who should Brendan Rodgers play in midfield?

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Liverpool Tactical Analysis: Who should Brendan Rodgers play in midfield? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers will be breathing a sigh of relief after the Reds managed to scrape a priceless 1-0 win at the Britannia on Sunday.

After a disastrous end to the 2014/15 season at Britannia, where Mark Hughes' Stoke hammered Liverpool in a 6-1 win, an opening day fixture at the same venue was perhaps a conspiracy of fate for Brendan Rodgers.

Evaluating whether the 3-5-2 is a fad or a crucial facet in formations for the future

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Playing a formation consisting of three central defenders has long been perceived astaboo by your average soccer fan. While fillips of overseas influences have creeped into the English game and wholesomely enhanced it, the comfort in England and the USA of an elementary four-man back-line is something that fans still cling to.

Evaluating whether the 3-5-2 is a fad or a crucial facet in formations for the future

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Playing a formation consisting of three central defenders has long been perceived astaboo by your average soccer fan. While fillips of overseas influences have creeped into the English game and wholesomely enhanced it, the comfort in England and the USA of an elementary four-man back-line is something that fans still cling to.

Five Tactical Things We Learnt From The Weekend’s Premier League Games

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Five Tactical Things We Learnt From The Weekend's Premier League Games - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

How to beat Chelsea; How to beat Arsenal; How to stifle Liverpool:last week's gamestaught us some crucial facts about the tactical models needed to break down the Premier League's top clubs.

The Differences Between Zonal Marking, Man Marking and Mixed Zonal Marking

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In England, it's not uncommon to hear the saying that "Zonal marking is not defending." But, what the fact that these pundits often ignore is that goals are scored even when defenders are man marking. It's not that man marking is the be all and end all of defending. It's the system that leaks goals.

David Moyes: The Tactician

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Analysis

Stoke City 0-1 Manchester City: Analyzing Roberto Mancini’s Tactical Adjustments

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Manager Roberto Mancini of Man City gives directions to his players (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Manchester City advanced into the FA Cup Round of 16 with an industrious 1-0 win over fellow Premier League side Stoke City.

Although the Citizens dominated the tie for large phases, it took them 85 minutes to break the deadlock through full-back Pablo Zabaleta.

Chelsea vs. Arsenal Tactical Analysis: Blues hold off Gunners second half charge

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In a fiercely contested and lively London derby, Chelsea defeated rival Arsenal 2-1, courtesy of a strike from Spaniard Juan Mata and a penalty from outgoing veteran Frank Lampard.

The Blues heavily dominated the first forty-five minutes and although Arsene Wenger's troops did try to stage an emphatic comeback in the second-half, the home-side's structured defensive output denied any such opportunities for the visitors.

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: How the Midfield Battle Decided the Result

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Manchester United completed the league double over arch-rivals Liverpool with an impressive, yet narrow 2-1 win over the Reds at Old Trafford.

Robin van Persie opened the scoring for the Red Devils before Patrice Evra Nemanja Vidic doubled the home-side's lead in the 55th minute with a faintly deflected header.

Manchester United Tactical Analysis: Understanding the Red Devils 4-4-2

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Not only is he the most illustrious manager in the history of British football, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson can be described as one of the most loyal disciples of the traditional attacking form of play.

Since taking over the managerial reins at Old Trafford, the Scot has been a fundamental advocate of the classic 4-4-2 formation.

FA Cup Third Round: Tactical Analysis of Swansea City’s Thrilling 2-2 Draw With Arsenal

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In what turned out to be one of the most entertaining matches of the FA Cup Third Round, Swansea City held top flight rivals Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

Substitute Michu opened the scoring for the hosts, before goals from Lukas Podolski and Kieran Gibbs swung the momentum in the Gunners' favor.

Chelsea Tactical Analysis: Demba Ba makes Dream Debut Against Southampton

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Demba Ba of Chelsea celebrates scoring his first and his teams fourth goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Just around a day after he completed his highly-anticipated move to European champions Chelsea, Demba Ba was handed the ideal opportunity to cast a favourable impression on the Stamford Bridge faithful when he was drafted into the starting line-up by manager Rafael Benitez for the Blues' FA Cup clash against Southampton.

EPL: Tactical Analysis of Chelsea’s 2-1 Comeback Win over Everton

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Frank Lampard (L) of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's second goal to make the score 1-2 during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

On Sunday afternoon, Chelsea registered their third successive league win after coming back from a goal down to defeat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park.

Arsenal vs. Newcastle United: Tactical Analysis of 10 goal Emirates Thriller

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In what turned out to be one of the most enthralling matches of this season's Barclays Premier League, Arsenal thrashed Newcastle United 7-3, courtesy of a stunning hattrick from contract rebel Theo Walcott and strikes from Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.