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Press Conference

Summary of Jim Curtin’s midweek press conference

On Tuesday, Jim Curtin spoke to the media about working through a bad run, Josh Yaro’s fitness, and putting together 90 minutes ahead of Philadelphia Union’s trip to play LA Galaxy.

Tactical Analysis

Tactical analysis: Union 3-3 Montreal Impact

The Union’s played scared to lose, and it cost them against Montreal Impact. PSP’s Adam Cann explains.

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Tactical Analysis

Post-match analysis: Union 0-2 NYC FC

Philadelphia Union made changes in midfield, but still looked reactive and impotent in their second straight home loss.

Tactical Analysis

Postmatch analysis: Union 1-3 Portland Timbers

A strong opening half hour couldn’t prevent the Union from falling to a third straight loss. PSP’s Adam Cann goes deep into the details to explain why things happened the way they did.

Press Conference

Summary of Jim Curtin’s weekly press conference

Jim Curtin talked about the importance of the Union’s upcoming three game homestand, tweaking the midfield shape, and juggling CJ Sapong and Jay Simpson in his midweek presser.

Tactical Analysis

Match analysis: D.C. United 2-1 Philadelphia Union

A poor first half gave way to a more energetic second frame, but Philly’s self-inflicted wounds were too much to overcome against D.C. United. PSP’s Adam Cann explains and provides the best explanation we’ve seen about what’s going on with Alejandro Bedoya.

Union match reports

Match report: D.C. United 2-1 Philadelphia Union

DC United scored their first two goals of the season, and CJ Sapong’s third tally of the year wasn’t enough to haul the Union back as Philly lost their second straight match in RFK Stadium on Saturday. Updated.

Press Conference

Full transcript and notes: Jim Curtin’s weekly presser

Jim Curtin talked injuries, a big game against DC United, and Christian Pulisic on Wednesday afternoon.


Full transcript: Jim Curtin’s midweek presser

Jim Curtin talked about a rough first half in Orlando, Fafa Picault’s contributions, and Jay Simpson’s health in his midweek press conference.

Tactical Analysis

Post-match analysis: Union at Orlando City SC

Philadelphia Union were timid and impatient, and Orlando City used speed to pounce of the defense’s mistakes.