Though the margin was just the minimum, there was a full serving of drama in the game.
Despite the poor result, Union captain Alejandro Bedoya was a leader on and off the field on Saturday.
There's another significant way in which the Union's academy program stands out: the degree to which it works with local youth clubs, instead of fighting against them to attract top players.
The Union added depth to their attacking midfield lineup on Wednesday by signing playmaker Adam Najem, a product of the New York Red Bulls' academy and the University of Akron.
There may be interest, but I've heard from a well-placed source that no move is immiment.
Union manager Jim Curtin hinted Monday that a deal for former U.S. national team attacking prospect Fabrice "Fafa" Picault was "in a good situation," and that something official could be coming soon.
It now looks like that something official is coming fast.
One of the Union's offseason priorities was to shore up the center back position, and the team met that goal with Monday's signing of former U.S. national team standout Oguchi Onyewu.
U.S. men's soccer team coach Bruce Arena made a small round of cuts on Friday from the 31 players who've been part of this month's training camp in southern California. Union defender Keegan Rosenberry was one of them. As such, he will return to the Union to join the club's preseason training.
Major League Soccer announced 2017 home openers for the league's 22 clubs on Wednesday.
Here are the players that the Philadelphia Union left unprotected for Atlanta United and Minnesota United's expansion draft. Major League Soccer's two newest teams will make their choices on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
Midfielder Chris Pontius, who began the Union's leading goal scorer after being acquired last offseason from D.C. United, has been named Major League Soccer's Comeback Player of the Year.
The Major League Soccer Players Union has released this year's latest batch of salary data.
Union midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta's contract expires at the end of the season. On Tuesday morning, the Swiss playmaker and the team announced that he won't be extending his time in Philadelphia. Instead, the 31-year-old will return to his native country to rejoin St. Gallen, the club where he began...
The Union had one more card up their sleeves in the final hours before Major League Soccer's summer transfer window closed.