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Elegy for Michael Farfan’s career and the Union that never were
A View from Afar

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.
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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.

Union’s off-season grade: Incomplete
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Union’s off-season grade: Incomplete

PSP’s Dan Walsh looks at some prospective new additions to the Union as they start preseason training today with their shopping list of off-season needs apparently incomplete.

Five thoughts on Philadelphia Union
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Five thoughts on Philadelphia Union

Matt Polster is expendable, and so is Ray Gaddis. These and other Philadelphia Union-oriented observations, courtesy of PSP’s Dan Walsh.

The Union go bottom-feeding, but did they find a gem?
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The Union go bottom-feeding, but did they find a gem?

Jay Simpson scored 22 goals in 29 games last season in England until a managerial change wrecked that. As Philadelphia Union go bottom-feeding for overlooked bargains, did they just find a gem in Simpson? PSP’s Dan Walsh takes a look.

Union quiet so far, Re-Entry Draft approaches
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Union quiet so far, Re-Entry Draft approaches

Once again, Philadelphia Union have had a quiet start to their off-season. PSP’s Dan Walsh takes a look at this and the impact of late signings in previous years. Then, a look at several players who could draw interest in Thursday’s MLS Re-Entry Draft, stage 2.

MLS off-season begins in earnest
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MLS off-season begins in earnest

Philadelphia Union could lose a man in today’s expansion draft, but some intriguing names could be available in free agency and the re-entry draft.