Articles written by: Adam Cann

Adam played soccer for Haverford College and now writes about Philadelphia Union with the kind of tactical analysis rarely seen in the US. He believes soccer bars that don't open for the early game are not soccer bars. Follow him on Twitter @PSPadam. Email him at acann@phillysoccerpage.com.

Philadelphia Union draft small strikers, big defender in second phase of SuperDraft
Draft News

Philadelphia Union draft small strikers, big defender in second phase of SuperDraft

Syracuse attacker Chris Nanco, West Virginia’s big defender Jack Elliot, and Pfeiffer’s Santi Moar filled out the Union’s 2017 SuperDraft class when rounds 3 and 4 took place Tuesday.

Philadelphia Union add depth at right back, select Aaron Jones 33rd overall in 2017 MLS SuperDraft
Draft News

Philadelphia Union add depth at right back, select Aaron Jones 33rd overall in 2017 MLS SuperDraft

Philadelphia Union selected Clemson right back Aaron Jones 33rd overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

Philadelphia Union trade up to select winger Marcus Epps with 25th overall SuperDraft pick
Draft News

Philadelphia Union trade up to select winger Marcus Epps with 25th overall SuperDraft pick

Philadelphia Union trade up to select winger Marcus Epps with 25th overall selection in 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

Tactical thinking: Two tips on the spear
Feature

Tactical thinking: Two tips on the spear

Could the 4-2-3-1 Union use the 4-4-2?

Tactical thinking: Three backs to rule them all?
Analysis

Tactical thinking: Three backs to rule them all?

Three back systems are en vogue again. Might such a system work for the Union?

Tactical thinking: Options for the Union in 2017
Tactics Talk

Tactical thinking: Options for the Union in 2017

Philly will likely stick with their 4-2-3-1 in 2017 even though many have suggested utilizing a 4-4-2 or three-back system. What were the Union hoping to achieve with their particular system, and what are the pros and cons of the other options?

Union must be smart, not reactive, in addressing the defense
Commentary

Union must be smart, not reactive, in addressing the defense

Philly’s defensive issues can be addressed numerous ways. The club should stick to their long-term plan and invest in midfield, not in back.

Blake’s award reflects importance to team, not just skill in net
Commentary

Blake’s award reflects importance to team, not just skill in net

Like the rest of the Union defense, Andre Blake was far from perfect in 2016. But his play offered confidence to a team that often struggled for consistency over a long MLS season.