Commentary

Commentary

USL-Bethlehem: The Union’s best move in years

The Union’s decision to launch a USL club in Bethlehem may be the club’s best move in years. PSP’s Dan Walsh breaks it down, from the player development and logistics to economics and politics — and the view that Bethlehem is just a cool town.

Commentary / Philadelphia Union II

Why soccer in Bethlehem? A native’s view

A Lehigh Valley native explains why the region is ripe for minor league soccer.

A View from Afar / Commentary

Sean Johnson shows what the Union are missing

The Chicago goalkeeper’s amazing stretch of saves stole points Sunday from the Union and demonstrated what Philadelphia is missing, PSP’s Dan Walsh writes. Also, notes on the U.S. Open Cup, USL PRO in Bethlehem, and “so Union.”

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What a long, strange trip it’s been: Union return to U.S. Open Cup Final

Two Union red cards, two sets of penalties, a false 9, a 4 pm weekday game, and a Fabinho game-winning goal. Kevin Kinkead on what a long, strange trip Philadelphia has taken to this year’s US Open Cup final.

A View from Afar / Commentary

5 Union thoughts

On the Vitoria-Marquez pairing, a finally healthy Mike Lahoud, Cristian Maidana on a wing and failing to touch a sitter, and more about the Union’s final third of the season.

A View from Afar / Commentary

Evaluation: Tranquillo, Sheanon, and no Corey Ashe

PSP evaluates Philadelphia Union’s signing of Tranquillo Barnetta, the Sheanon Williams trade that brought allocation money for it, and the question of whether the Union should have acquired Corey Ashe instead.

A View from Afar / Commentary

The good old days that never were

The trade of Sheanon Williams closes the door on an era that could have been but never was. With the young core of Philadelphia Union’s early years gone, what is the team’s identity? What can it be? PSP’s Dan Walsh explores.

A View from Afar / Commentary

Salary list, targeted allocation money shine light on Union spending

A pair of recently announced financial developments for MLS reveal a bit more of the picture for Philadelphia Union. PSP’s Dan Walsh explains.

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Commentary

Commissioner’s picks: The Union

The Commissioner’s pair of All Star picks are out. Peter Andrews has some Union pairs for your consideration.

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A View from Afar / Commentary

Wenger, Curtin, and the virtue of patience

Jim Curtin and Andrew Wenger could be demonstrating how the unique patience allowed in the absence of promotion and relegation may be one of Major League Soccer’s greatest virtues. PSP’s Dan Walsh explains.