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Will Atlanta United’s tide lift other clubs?
A View from Afar

Will Atlanta United’s tide lift other clubs?

Atlanta United could shake MLS up with its ambitious moves preceding its entry into the league next season. A big MLS Cup final could similarly raise the league’s profile. How will that affect other clubs, like Philadelphia Union?

MLS conference final first legs show how far league has come
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MLS conference final first legs show how far league has come

The first legs of the MLS conference championships drew over 50,000 fans per match. PSP’s Dan Walsh compares that with what he saw firsthand at soccer matches recently in South America and Europe and finds MLS coming out looking very good in comparison.

USMNT fans have plenty to be thankful for, post-Klinsmann
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USMNT fans have plenty to be thankful for, post-Klinsmann

U.S. Soccer has made a conservative but pragmatic choice in turning to Bruce Arena as the new USMNT coach. This and a few more things to give thanks for.

The source of USMNT malaise is obvious
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The source of USMNT malaise is obvious

Attendance at USMNT matches is down 23%. The USMNT has lost its first two Hex matches for the first time ever. The malaise surrounding the team is obvious. What do you think?

What do the Union need this off-season?
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What do the Union need this off-season?

PSP’s Dan Walsh runs down Philadelphia Union’s likely off-season needs.

Ken Tribbett’s errors obscure larger facts in Union playoff loss
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Ken Tribbett’s errors obscure larger facts in Union playoff loss

Ken Tribbett will have nightmares for years about Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, but there was more to the Union’s playoff loss than that, PSP’s Dan Walsh writes. Also, a note on the retiring Conor Casey.

Union playoff appearance more formality than achievement
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Union playoff appearance more formality than achievement

When Roland Alberg was caught on camera apparently telling Tranquillo Barnetta to “f*ck off” during Sunday’s loss to NYRB, it seemed to sum up the Union’s late season collapse into the playoffs, PSP’s Dan Walsh writes. But that wasn’t the only thing.

The Union’s collapse is not a regression to the mean
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The Union’s collapse is not a regression to the mean

The Union should be a good team right now. Instead, they’re collapsing toward the playoffs so poorly that they don’t deserve the off-season, and the coaching staff deserves some of the blame, writes PSP’s Dan Walsh.

Union fight to stay above red line
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Union fight to stay above red line

Two home games. Philadelphia Union need to win. PSP’s Dan Walsh looks at the playoff chances of the Union and their top competitors.

Herbers went head over heels after his goal against Columbus. Photo: Daniel Studio
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Fabian Herbers and blooding young players in MLS

The Union consistently gave Fabian Herbers a chance this year. Now, he’s paying off.