Tactical Analysis

Philadelphia Union

Tactical analysis: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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The Union came from behind in the first half and gave up a lead late in the second half as Chicago's big attacking signing registered a hat trick and the Union's entered in the 90th minute.

Tactical analysis: Atlanta United 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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Photo: Earl Gardner It was never going to be an easy task. Atlanta United's stadium experience marries new-club enthusiasm with front office acumen that the Union flirted with during their second season in MLS. Philly was coming off a spirited win over Chicago Fire that required endless hard work defensively, [.

Tactical analysis: Philadelphia Union 3-1 Chicago Fire

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Tweaking the midfield shape pays off as the Union stifle Chicago and ride Chris Pontius' first goals of the season to victory.

Tactical analysis: New Jersey Red Bulls 0-0 Philadelphia Union

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Photo: Paul Rudderow Over the past two seasons (at least), Philadelphia Union and New Jersey Red Bulls have shared an odd dynamic. The Bulls have always been the more talented and organized team, yet even when they find their rhythm, Jesse Marsch's men look frustrated. As if they assume beating [...]

Tactical analysis: Minnesota United 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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A wild and ugly game produced some intriguing tactical moves by the managers, but the scoreline reflects Philly's chronic inability to create good chances out of good positions.

Tactical analysis: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Atlanta United FC

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Philadelphia Union lost a lead in extra time for the second time in three matches. What can they do further up the pitch to protect the defense?

Post-match analysis: Philadelphia Union 0-3 Montreal Impact

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Montreal Impact used another simple move up the left to punish Philadelphia Union for the second time this season.

Tactical analysis: Philadelphia Union 3-1 FC Dallas

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Philadelphia Union's number 10 dominated and, finally, the opponent's playmaker was the struggling as a talented Dallas side was dispatched with ease in Chester Saturday night.

Tactical analysis: New England Revolution 3-0 Philadelphia Union

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The Union were undone by a strategy that exposed their fullbacks and their lack of attacking cohesion.

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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FollowEddieon Twitter While last season was a season to forget for Manchester United fans, no one will be forgetting Adnan Januzaj's emergence into the first team. United fought hard...

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

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FollowEddieon Twitter While last season was a season to forget for Manchester United fans, no one will be forgetting Adnan Januzaj's emergence into the first team. United fought hard...

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

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FollowEddieon Twitter Part 1: Holland vs Spain: The importance of Holland's zonal man marking scheme Holland's 5-3-2/3-5-2 system against Spain worked a treat and to everyone's...

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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.