Analysis / Union

The statement game

The Union got themselves back in the playoff driver’s seat by winning Friday the same way they’ve won all year. PSP’s Dan Walsh breaks down the Union’s underrated defense and the race for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.

Analysis / Union

Should John Hackworth be fired?

Union fans are asking the question. One PSP contributor answers it.


Scoping the Union’s stretch run

Of the four teams vying for a playoff spot, the Union play the toughest overall schedule. Only two of those games are against Eastern Conference teams below them in the standings.

Analysis / Union

Moreno & Martino explain the Union midfield

The Union’s back and front lines are among the league’s best. But there’s always that midfield. Leave it to TV analysts Alejandro Moreno and Kyle Martino to describe the midfield perfectly. PSP’s Dan Walsh fills you in on how.

Analysis / Union

Philadelphia’s tactical pragmatism equals points

The Union may not play the prettiest ball, but when it comes to making the playoffs, it’s results that matter.

Analysis / Union

The Stoke-time continuum … and Danny Califf

A tale of two columns. 1) What happens when the North American version of Stoke City meets the actual Stoke City? 2) What the Union should do about Danny Califf.

Analysis / US

The tactical implications of Donovan’s rebirth

Landon Donovan’s USMNT rebirth will cause some tactical dilemmas for Jurgen Klinsmann. Earl Reed explores.

Analysis / MLS / Union

Philadelphia Union and life as a small market team

Despite the big city, Philadelphia Union operate as a small market team. Here’s where they fall into the grand scheme of things in MLS, along with evaluations of every other MLS club as well and how this status affects everything the team does. After readers’ requests for this post, here you go.

Analysis / Union

Life without Mac, and other Union/MLS thoughts

Who will replace Jac Mac? This man. Also, how to fix Marfan, goalkeeper punches, the Union’s underwhelming signing at left back, and the universe’s curse on Carlos Bocanegra in this Five Thoughts column.

Analysis / Union

Hackworth after one year: On tactics

One year ago, John Hackworth took over the reins as the Union’s head coach. PSP looks at his tactical acumen as his first year as head coach concludes.