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Tactical season preview: New and … improved?
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Tactical season preview: New and … improved?

Philadelphia Union’s roster changes necessitate a different tactical approach in 2017.

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.

Five Union preseason battles to watch
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Five Union preseason battles to watch

As Phase Two of preseason heats up, PSP’s Peter Andrews breaks down five key positional battles on what might be the deepest Philadelphia Union team ever.

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.

Tactical thinking: Three backs to rule them all?
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Tactical thinking: Three backs to rule them all?

Three back systems are en vogue again. Might such a system work for the Union?

The winds of change
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The winds of change

After an historically bad start to the Hex, Jurgen Klinsmann was fired on Monday — just a day after he was quoted as being “very comfortable” with his job security prospects — and US Soccer looks poised to ask Bruce Arena to step in and right a listing ship.

Beyond the obvious stats: Barnetta, Sapong, and the Union
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Beyond the obvious stats: Barnetta, Sapong, and the Union

Dan Walsh on some of the little things on the field that are behind the Union’s turnaround in 2016.

The Union miss everyone, and no one
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The Union miss everyone, and no one

Sure, the Union miss Vincent Nogueira and CJ Sapong. But the important narrative is how well they have coped without those key players.

The Union are a good team. Can they improve?
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The Union are a good team. Can they improve?

A year ago, you would have given up Philadelphia Union for dead if they gave up a third minute goal on the road. Not anymore. This is a good team. Can they get even better?