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- Dan Walsh, editor and founder
Dan is an award-winning writer and reporter with more than a decade of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio. He got hooked on soccer after reporting on MLS expansion in the Philly area for The Press of Atlantic City and playing pickup games in Brazil and with his Ethiopian buddies in Hatfield, Pa., so he dreamed up the Philly Soccer Page in 2009 as a little journalism experiment. He is former vice president of the Casa Soccer League, the largest amateur adult league in Philadelphia. You can contact him at [email protected] and read some of his non-soccer work at his web page.
- Ed Farnsworth, managing editor
Ed thought he was a mediocre midfielder in high school. He realizes now that he was terrible. After a long career in music as a drummer for bands such as Napalm Sunday, The Friggs, Wipeout Gang, Emma, Ashtabula and Bardo Pond, numerous North American and European tours, two Peel Sessions and more than forty records, Ed went to grad school and now has a day job in publishing. He also works at the 700, a bar in Northern Liberties, where he curates Footy on the Telly. He has been one of the organizers of the Northern Liberties Music Festival since 2002 and in 2007 he helped to organize an indoor soccer pickup game on Tuesday nights at the Northern Liberties Rec Center that continues to thrive. He is proud that a Philadelphia soccer history piece he wrote was for PSP was used in the 2012 MLS All-Star Game program. You can reach him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @FarnsworthPSP.
Adam is a former Haverford College soccer player who understands soccer tactics about as well as anyone out there. He is also a former division commissioner for the Casa Soccer League. He writes about Philadelphia Union and provides the kind of tactical analysis rarely seen in the United States. Follow him on Twitter @PSPadam. He can be reached at [email protected].
Conor O’Grady is a proud Irish American, Son of Ben, and Philadelphia Union Founding Member. He prefers the company of women, but has a thing for Cristiano Ronaldo that borders on inappropriateness.
Eli is an architect by trade. He writes about Philadelphia Union as PSP’s beat writer, covering the games and going behind the scenes into the locker rooms with the team. Follow him on Twitter @PSP_Eli.
Mike has been organizing soccer in Philadelphia in one way, shape, or form since 2004 and is the current vice president and former treasurer of Philadelphia’s Casa Soccer League . He writes about the Philadelphia Independence and contributes to game day coverage of the Union for the PSP. His illustrious 25-year soccer career includes few championships and even fewer goals. Follow him on Twitter @mikeservedio.
Chris follows the performances of Philadelphia area players playing professionally throughout the world. Follow him on Twitter at @ChrisLuczkowiak.
Sean writes about Reading United AC, and he apparently did it well enough that, after joining PSP, Reading asked him to take over as the club’s communications coordinator. He remains a PSP contributor and does his best to maintain objectivity and keep the two roles separate. Follow him on Twitter @CoachSeanDoyle.
In high school, Jeremy was a half decent fullback. In college, he became a mediocre winger/striker. Since then, he’s actually gotten pretty good, and now, on the wrong side of 30, wishes he could have been so as an 18-year-old. Alas. Originally from upstate New York, he is on a two-year sabbatical there, counting the days until he can return to his adopted home of Philadelphia. Jeremy writes about the US Men’s National Team, among other things. Follow him on Twitter @MrJeremyLane.
Bob’s love for the sport started in the Merritt Square section of Philadelphia. His street was full of talented players including North Catholic Soccer Hall of Famers as well as NASL and MISL alums. While his own experience on the field didn’t make it past the neighborhood pick-up game, he remains connected to the sport as an avid fan, photographer, and team manager. Bob writes about the college scene with focus on the Philadelphia Soccer Six. Follow him on Twitter @mcbrider.
A northern Pennsylvania native, Earl’s early years shaped him as a Western New Yorker at heart. Sixteen years in the Delaware Valley have now left their inescapable mark on him. Earl has written for EPLTalk and MajorLeagueSoccerTalk, and also hosted the MLS Talk podcast. You can reach Earl via email at [email protected], or on Twitter @earl_of_reed.
Barb went to school for nursing, works as a project manager, daydreams about travel and being fluently multilingual, and one day hopes to own a professional grade camera. While growing up, she played every sport except soccer thanks to the kids who giggled when she dribbled a soccer ball like a basketball at her very first practice. No longer bitter, she has grown to love the beautiful game. You can see more of her soccer photos here. Follow her on Twitter @barbcvphilly.
Daniel is a freelance photographer and videographer based in Philadelphia. He played college and minor league soccer in Europe. His photos have been published by Reuters, and he runs Daniel Studio photography. In addition to shooting photos for PSP, he films and produces PSP’s video of interviews, news conferences and other events.
Earl is a self-taught photographer and has spent the last 15 years documenting explosive demolitions around the world with his camera. (If you’ve seen any of those Discovery Channel shows, then you’ve seen his work.) When not on the road, he enjoys shooting concerts and Philadelphia Union. Earl loves the community and friendships that the Union has brought him. Fortunately, he has a wonderful and understanding wife who allows him to obsess over soccer and not give him too much crap for his jersey and scarf collection. She even let him name their French Bulldog Zizou. You can see some of Earl’s work photographing things blowing up, concerts, and, of course, the Union, here. Follow him on Twitter @EarlWGardner.
Michael C. Long is a freelance photographer specializing in people, place and food. He owns Michael Long Fotograffic, LLC. The world of sport and the story of the people behind it now falls before his lens and obsesses him. Mike has been shooting professionally for about 10 years bringing a dark wit and a discerning eye to an endless variety of subjects. Mike’s work has been published widely and in many formats. He lives in Philadelphia with his dog and 2 cats. His work can be seen at www.fotograffic.net.
Paul got back into photography after buying a digital camera a couple of years ago. Since then, he has been practicing taking sports pictures of his three kids. Paul has almost 40 years experience in playing and coaching soccer, which helps him anticipate where the action is heading.
Nicolae is a photographer based in Philadelphia who grew up in Romania, where he supported Dinamo Bucharest. He is a graduate of the National Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Bucharest where he received certification in sports media. In 2008, he attended a master class in photojournalism in Cambodia run by Gary Knight, and he was one of only two U.S.-based photographers brought to Rio de Janeiro to shoot the Homeless World Cup in 2010. Selections from his work at the Homeless World Cup have been on display at UEFA Headquarters, IOC Headquarters, the London Olympics and the United Nations.
- Matt Giovanisci
Matt is a web designer based in southern New Jersey who has designed numerous web site and has extensive experience with WordPress. He was formerly the webmaster for Philly Union Talk.
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