A View from Afar

An open letter to Jay Sugarman
A View from Afar

An open letter to Jay Sugarman

PSP’s Dan Walsh has followed Philadelphia Union from literally day 1, so he’s seen it all. He has a message for Jay Sugarman: Catch up with MLS 3.0 or move on.

Tactics matter more when you make bad investments
A View from Afar

Tactics matter more when you make bad investments

Yes, tactics matter. Particularly when you invest in players the way the Union have. PSP’s Dan Walsh examines the Union’s transfer strategy in light of new MLS salary data, as well as Jim Curtin’s approach to tactics.

On leadership and Philadelphia Union
A View from Afar

On leadership and Philadelphia Union

The American soccer world sometimes mystifies (and falsifies) what leadership is. PSP’s Dan Walsh looks at the issue through the lens of Philadelphia Union.

It’s time for major changes at Philadelphia Union
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It’s time for major changes at Philadelphia Union

To keep his job, Jim Curtin needs to do something he rarely does: Change. PSP’s Dan Walsh suggests how.

Sapong, Simpson and the road
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Sapong, Simpson and the road

After a rough opening travel schedule, the Union get an extended home stretch to sort out their offensive problems and figure out what lineup makes them hum. PSP’s Dan Walsh explains.

Elegy for Michael Farfan’s career and the Union that never were
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Elegy for Michael Farfan’s career and the Union that never were

PSP’s Dan Walsh looks back on the Philadelphia Union star who never was but could have been, and he considers whether the young Union players of today will stick around long enough to become athletic idols for a generation of young fans.

Rosenberry led all MLS field players in minutes played in 2016. Photo: Earl Gardner.
A View from Afar / Analysis

Philadelphia may have improved, but so has almost everyone else

Philadelphia Union could be the most improved team in the Eastern Conference, but when teams like Toronto can pick up guys like Victor Vazquez, it means most teams are getting better thanks to TAM. PSP’s Dan Walsh explains.

Deconstructing the “injury-prone” label
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Deconstructing the “injury-prone” label

Is Josh Yaro injury-prone or is something else at play? PSP’s Dan Walsh looks at the different factors that lead to frequent injuries for certain types of players and hazards a guess on how this affects the sidelined Union defender.

The Union are a veteran team built to win now
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The Union are a veteran team built to win now

PSP’s Dan Walsh looks at how Earnie Stewart quickly turned a young team with a smattering of veterans into a veteran team with a smattering of youth.

Union complete off-season with whirlwind of signings
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Union complete off-season with whirlwind of signings

The Union hit for a hat trick of signings this week. PSP’s Dan Walsh takes a closer look at each signing, changes that Incomplete grade for the off-season, and considers if these moves could pave the way for Roland Alberg’s departure.