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Don’t look now: The Union are good
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Don’t look now: The Union are good

The Union have won all nine games that Cory Burke has started at striker, and they are 10-6-1 since their dreadful start to the year. This team is good, and their upcoming five-game stretch will show just how good, PSP’s Dan Walsh writes.

A good few days for the Union
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A good few days for the Union

After leaving Hoffenheim amid acrimony, Ernst Tanner turned lemons into lemonade with a great achievement at Salzburg. PSP’s Dan Walsh takes stock of the Union’s new sporting director and major developments at striker and in the U.S. Open Cup.

Go big or go home: Fixing the Union’s striker position
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Go big or go home: Fixing the Union’s striker position

C.J. Sapong has hit another epic slump. With the summer transfer window opening next week, it’s time for the Union to do something about it, PSP’s Dan Walsh writes.

Q&A: The key questions in the Stewart replacement search
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Q&A: The key questions in the Stewart replacement search

What traits should the Union seek in a new sporting director?¬†Who are some candidates worth considering? What does the next sporting director need to do? PSP’s Dan Walsh takes a stab at the key questions and adds some notes on the Union’s center midfield situation. Updated.

A mixed bag: Evaluating Earnie Stewart’s Union tenure
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A mixed bag: Evaluating Earnie Stewart’s Union tenure

Earnie Stewart’s tenure as Philadelphia Union sporting director has been a mixed bag. With Stewart departing Philadelphia for a job with U.S. Soccer, PSP’s Dan Walsh offers this evaluation. Updated.

The gutsiest performance in Union history
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The gutsiest performance in Union history

We’ve seen hundreds of Philadelphia Union games. We never saw one like this. PSP’s Dan Walsh has this take.

Le Toux isn’t a Union legend. He’s something more.
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Le Toux isn’t a Union legend. He’s something more.

Le Toux is more than the goals, more than the stats, more than some guy who wore the Blue and Gold. PSP’s Dan Walsh offers this appreciation for one of the only two icons Philadelphia Union has ever had.

Two Union problems, or why real soccer is not a video game
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Two Union problems, or why real soccer is not a video game

Right now, the Union seem defined by their attackers’ lack of movement off the ball and the youth of their back line.

The left back of the future — and the present
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The left back of the future — and the present

Matt Real played his first MLS game Saturday. The teenager looked good for most of the match, save for two key moments. For better worse, the future is now for the Union’s left back of the future.

Columbus match an early litmus test for Union
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Columbus match an early litmus test for Union

Columbus is a good team, but they’re a team with weaknesses ripe for a team like Philadelphia Union to exploit. The match will be an early test of how good the Union are, PSP’s Dan Walsh writes.