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In pictures: The 2021 Philadelphia Union

PSP photographers have strived to cover the action in another COVID-impacted season. With some highs and lows, it was another overall good year for the Philadelphia Union. There was the strong showing in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League but a poor start to the MLS season, almost losing Monteiro mid-season but coming back and finishing second in the East, and a deep run in the playoffs only to be hampered by COVID. Over the season we have introduced a couple of new photographers. We hope you enjoyed the coverage and offer the following recap of the 2021 season.

The year started off with a bang as Paul Rudderow covered the 4-0 Union win over Deportivo Saprissa in the Champions League match.

Marjorie Elzey was on hand for the disappointing 1-2 loss to Inter Miami.

Marjorie continued PSP’s coverage of the Champions League as the Union defeated Atlantic United FC in penalty kicks 1-1 (4-1).

Paul was back in action as the Union defeated The New York Red Bulls 1-0 in a very chippy game.

Paul continued coverage of an easy 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers.

With capacity restrictions lifted, Marjorie was not only able to capture the Union’s 1-0 win but was also able to captured fan in the stands.

Marjorie traveled to Red Bull Arena to cover a testy 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls.

Daniel Gajdamowicz covered the rain delayed Union 2-1 defeat of D. C. United.

Marjorie was on hand as the Union could only draw 1-1 against a 10 man Chicago Fire.

Marjorie continued great work as the Union had another convincing 3-0 win over Toronto FC.

Paul was on hand for the Union 1-0 win over New York City FC as Alejandro Bedoya netted his first goal of the year.

Marjorie covered a card plagued 1-1 draw with CF Montréal.

Marjorie took to the road once more to cover the 3-1 loss to D.C. United.

New comer photographer Howie Pollard covered the frustrating 1-0 loss to New England Revolution.

Paul was able to make it back to cover the second half of the Champions League 2-0 (4-0) loss to Club America.

Howie’s second game got the Union back to winning ways with a 3-1 defeat of Orlando City SC.

Another PSP newcomer photographer, Stephen Speer, cut his teeth on the Unions 1-0 win over Atlantic United.

Stephen continued with the coverage of the 3-0 Navy win over Army.

Howie was on hand for Carli Lloyd’s farewell 0-0 match between Lloyd’s Gotham FC and Washington Spirit.

Stephen covered the last regular season home game as the Union defeated FC Cincinnati 2-0.

With the start of the playoffs Stephen had a front row seat to see Glesnes hit a banger to lift the Union 1-0 over the New York Red Bulls.

Marjorie and Stephen teamed up to cover the 1 (2)-1 (0) penalty kick win over Nashville SC.

Marjorie and Stephen once again teamed up to record the COVID-depleted Union’s defeat by New York City FC in the Eastern Conference playoff final.

PSP photographers would like to thank you for all of your support and comments through the year! Keep the comments coming and we look forward to another year of Union soccer.


  1. Great photos and recap Paul! Thanks for all of the hard work you and the rest of the PSP Photographers put in to get these shots!

  2. Thanks to all the fine folks on the sidelines taking the great shots for PSP. I am always impressed by your work and am glad that your talent is here for us to enjoy! Keep up the great work! And thank you again!!

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