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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.

How the Bořek Dočkal signing changes the game
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How the Bořek Dočkal signing changes the game

A look at Philadelphia Union’s pending signing of Czech international playmaker Bořek Dočkal. PSP’s Dan Walsh looks at contract scenarios, how Dočkal fits in with the team, how he’ll need to adjust, and what message it sends to Union fans.

The hot stove season starts, the Union are quiet
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The hot stove season starts, the Union are quiet

The Union have been quiet throughout the early MLS off-season. It’s not the first time. PSP’s Dan Walsh takes a look back.

Assessing the Union departures
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Assessing the Union departures

PSP assesses the personnel departures announced by Philadelphia Union this week.

Your new favorite MLS club is…
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Your new favorite MLS club is…

The future is cloudy for Downingtown’s Zack Steffen and the Columbus Crew, but one thing’s for sure: You will never have as much fun this playoff season as you will while rooting for them. PSP’s Dan Walsh explains how cheering for Columbus will stick it to The Man and be a whole lot of fun.

It’s over. Now what? (2017 edition)
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It’s over. Now what? (2017 edition)

It’s now eight years for the Union without a playoff win. PSP’s Dan Walsh takes stock and looks at the way ahead for the club.

The mysterious, lost season of Richie Marquez
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The mysterious, lost season of Richie Marquez

He was the Union’s best defender for two years. Then he got benched after a sickness. PSP’s Dan Walsh looks at Richie Marquez’s lost season.

Playoffs? The road ahead for the Union
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Playoffs? The road ahead for the Union

The Union’s remaining schedule doesn’t look good. PSP’s Dan Walsh breaks it down game-by-game to lay out what their playoff chances really look like. Also, some chatter about some young Union players who need to get some minutes.