Articles written by: Adam Cann

Adam played soccer for Haverford College and now writes about Philadelphia Union with the kind of tactical analysis rarely seen in the US. He believes soccer bars that don't open for the early game are not soccer bars. Follow him on Twitter @PSPadam. Email him at acann@phillysoccerpage.com.

The role of MLS
Featured / MLS / Union / US

The role of MLS

The United States rarely settles for second place. Will MLS ever grow into a league that can compete with those in footy-crazy countries? And will US fans be happy with a league that accepts its role as a feeder system for larger leagues and a buyer of over-the-hill stars?

Independence TV Debut April 18
Independence / WPS

Independence TV Debut April 18

The Philadelphia Independence will play five matches on Fox Soccer Channel this season, beginning with a game in Boston on April 18. The Independence have a packed preseason schedule including an autograph session on March 11 and a March 20 match against University of North Carolina. We will keep you […]

Thierry Henry Non-handball Story!
Barcelona / La Liga / MLS

Thierry Henry Non-handball Story!

On Soccernet.com yesterday, Didac Peyret had an article about the rough year Thierry Henry has endured at Barcelona. The story is speculative, draws specious conclusions, and contradicts itself (paragraph 3 questions Henry’s spirit while paragraph 7 is a quote from the Frenchman in which he asserts his willingness to ride […]

World Cup referees announced
World Cup - International

World Cup referees announced

The thirty referees who will handle South Africa’s World Cup matches were announced over the weekend. And yes, “handle” is being used in a punny sense here as Swedish whistleman Martin Hansson is the most controversial inclusion. Hansson missed Thierry Henry’s clear handball in France’s victory over Ireland that secured […]

Wonderland

Wonderland

Historically (and admittedly, it’s a short history), Wonderland has brought you spectacular footy highlights, moments meant to jolt your love of the game back into top gear before the weekend matches. Today’s Wonderland takes place pre-match. Before every game, the supporters of Liverpool Football Club sing a rendition of the […]

That was a 4-6-0 formation
English Premier League / Manchester United

That was a 4-6-0 formation

The traditional footy formation is a 4-4-2: Four fullbacks, four midfielders, and two prima donnas strikers (the goalie excluded because, barring schizophrenia, he will always be a 1). The more counterattacking-inclined team may use a 4-3-3 while a possession-based squad often takes the pitch in a 4-5-1. There are endless […]

This Is Terrible
Africa

This Is Terrible

I wish I was writing about Egypt’s African Cup title, however it pales in importance to another African Cup story. On January 30, 2010 Togo was suspended by the Confederation of African Football for the 2012 and 2014 African Nations’ Cups. The official explanation cited Article 78 of the Cup […]

F.A. Cupdate: Last Minute Leeds
FA Cup

F.A. Cupdate: Last Minute Leeds

The 2009-10 FA Cup continues to be more than enough entertainment during the MLS offseason. On Saturday, Jermaine Beckford punished Tottenham Hotspurs for getting lazy at the end of the game. After putting in a strong 90 minute shift in back, Michael Dawson just didn’t have the legs to chase […]

African Cup of Nations Update
Africa

African Cup of Nations Update

PSP will have a lot of coverage of the Union’s draft today, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore the rest of the world. The Union may be our Lois Lane, but we always make sure the rest of the world is accounted for before we fly off at the […]

Union / Wonderland

New Wonderland

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8JRmW1ov_c] Oregon State has a pretty good State of the Program video… because Danny Mwanga is a pretty good player. The first minute features two Mwanga highlights; check out his speed in the first one and the technique on display in the second. So the Philadelphia Union will build their […]