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Ray Gaddis

  1. The MLS season is fast approaching so let’s break down some of the Philadelphia Union’s preseason battles

    Feb 13, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

    JACK McINERNEY

    It might be snowing nonstop in Philly, but in three weeks the Philadelphia Union will go outside and start playing soccer games for real. And with the Union’s March 8th regular-season opener looming, their lineup and formation is starting to take shape. Last night, in a 2-1 preseason loss to the New York Red Bulls…

  2. Breaking down the play that kept Union in playoff hunt — no, not the Kleberson goal

    Oct 11, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    raymond.gaddis

    Lost in the Kleberson-induced euphoria of last week’s win over Toronto FC was a play less than 10 minutes earlier. A play that could be the defining moment of the Union’s season, should they find a spot in the playoffs. With nine Union players pushed forward for a Sebastien Le Toux corner kick in the…

  3. Home expectations — and Hackworth’s need to meet them — harming the Union

    Oct 2, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Lahoud (13), defender Fabinho (33), midfielder Michael Farfan (21) and forward Conor Casey (6) try to block a free kick during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Sporting KC in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Homefield advantage is one of the most popular talking points in any sport. In many of those sports, there is a tangible advantage to being the home team. Home baseball teams get to hit last and can even alter their stadiums to suit their strengths. Home hockey teams get to make the last line change…

  4. The Philadelphia Union are piling up the shutouts but they’re not sure if anybody realizes

    Sep 6, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

    Gaddis

    If you’re a Union fan and somebody asks you about the team’s defense, you might point to how they traded or loaned away top center backs Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes and Bakary Soumare over the past year-and-a-half. Or that they’ve struggled to find a natural left back after sending away Jordan Harvey and then Gabriel…