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Just someone who likes sports and numbers and tries to make sense of it all

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The Union should counterattack more: here's why


To possess or not to possess is the question for the Union this season. Here's a look at how their pass types inform a style of play and which style has been most effective.

FC Dallas 2-1 Union: Turnovers haunt the Union O


The Union reverted to their old ways in Dallas but still could have earned a draw. In the end the Union offense was punchless and sloppy and couldn't overcome a defensive lapse and some bad luck.

Revolution 1-3 Union: From Wide To Long To a Win


A new formation. A new lineup. A new commitment to defense and counterattacking. How the Union went from wide to long and stole a win.

Reliving the USA World Cup history against Germany


Part 3 of the 3 part series that looks back on the USMNT history against Group G opponents. We finish up with the Germans and the story is not a fun one to relive.

The Union Advance to the U.S. Open Cup Quarters


The Union sent home an unhappy New York Cosmos side and advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup with a 2-1 extra time win

USA 2-2 Portugal: Postgame Analysis


The United States team gets their hero and zero award of the match and we break down how the team is navigating the group of death so far.

Reliving USMNT World Cup history against Portugal


Part 2 of the 3 part series that looks back at the United States history against its World Cup opponents. Today the focus is Portugal and one of the great matches in United States history that barely anyone was awake to see.

Selecting the Ideal Union Starting XI


The staff of Brotherly Game offers up their ideal starting XIs for the rest of the season. Hopefully when the curtain comes up on the second half of the season, these ideas have become reality.

Reliving the USMNT World Cup History Against Ghana


Part 1 of the 3 part series that relives the World Cup history of the USMNT Group G foes. Part 1 focuses on the Ghana Black Stars.

Fun with Maps - World Cup Players and their Clubs


With the World Cup in our midst, the staff can't get enough of the fun either. Here's an interactive map that shows where each World Cup team's players play their club soccer.

Union 3-3 Whitecaps: Union Defense Reaches New Low


The big picture analysis this week reveals a new franchise low for the Union defense. And we take a look inside the dominating possession performance by the Union against Vancouver.

Chivas USA 0-3 Union: Stat Hero of the Match


The Union have reversed fortune and now have 9 goals in their last 4 games. But are the goals coming from Hackworth's preferred style?

Part 2: Wheeler vs. Berry and the Rest of the D


Part 2 of a 2 part series looking at the Union defenders. The second part is a statistical look at the Union's individual defenders with a focus on the Wheeler vs. Berry matchup

Part 1: Wheeler vs. Berry - A Stat Intro


Part 1 of a 2 part series looking at the Union defenders. The first post examines individual defensive statistics and which ones matter the most.

A Visual History of The Nowak and Hackworth Eras


A look at the ups and downs of the Union's 5 year history and the two coaches who paced the sidelines. Hackworth's tenure looks just a bit better than Nowak's, but in the end Hackworth's reliance on scoring goals cost him his job when the goals drie

The New MLS TV Riches - Union and Fan Impact


MLS just got richer! So what does the new deal mean for the Philadelphia Union and ultimately the fans?

Welcome to 1 in 100: Shooting Woes in Perspective


Since The Jack McInerney trade the Union have converted 3.8% of their shot attempts into goals. That's 30% worse than the worst MLS team last year. Things have to turn around, right? Right?

Stat Zero of the Match and Post-Jack Shooting


The Stat Zero of the match this week is thrown out to the crowd for judgement and we look at the Union shooting pre and post Jack. What would statisticians say about the fans' woes?

Match Preview: Deuce Against Doop


The Union travel to Seattle to play Clint Dempsey and the league's hottest team. There is little to lose and so the game actually represents a great opportunity for the Union to re-establish themselves as a playoff contender.

Hopp On Flop: The Story of Hoppenot's Season


A picture story of Antoine Hoppenot's season so far, told in the style of Dr. Seuss' Hop On Pop

Union: Strong Schedule or Under-performing Team?


Can we credit the Union's slow start to a strong schedule, or to something else?

Impact 1-0 Union: Stat Hero and Zero of the Match


It's bleak and the numbers are there to back up what the eyes are witnessing. The Hero and Zero of the match are unorthodox in hopes that change is good.

Stat Analysis Of The Union's 0-0 Draw To Houston


The tale of two halves was the statistical oddity in this dull affair. We give out the hero and zero awards and look at another disturbing trend haunting the Union.

Red Bulls 2-1 Union: Stat Zero of the Match


The Union have a problem giving up good shots and the numbers back it up. That problem was exposed by the Red Bulls on Wednesday night and this time there wasn't enough offense to save the day.

At The Beautiful Game


A tribute to the Union game experience

Union 2-2 Real Salt Lake: Stat Hero of the Match


This week's stat zero and stat hero awards are tight and we went against the grain with the winners. We also examine the USMNT World Cup showdown between Kyle Beckerman and Maurice Edu.

2014 Union player salaries are released


Here is the first look at MLS player salaries in 2014. We break them down and look at how our off-season projections fared.

Free Kicks, Throw-ins and Corners, Oh My!


Three of the six goals allowed this year came from set pieces and that has the faithful grumbling about the Union's set piece defense. Here's a look to last year and this year to break down how the Union's set piece defense stacks up.

Fire 2-2 Union: Stat Hero of the Match


The stat zero of the week is another team award, but who walked away the hero? This weekly look inside the numbers reveals that the Union struggled mightily to contain the Fire's long passes.

Match Preview: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union


Both teams are desperate to regain points after disappointing results in March. What are the key matchups that each team will try to exploit?

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