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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 […]

Local / Ocean City Nor'easters / USL

Name That Team – Ocean City ______

The Ocean City PDL team, formerly known as the Barons, has severed ties with the Barons Youth Academy and is looking for a new name. They have turned to the fans to help them out, and give the team a new identity. I’m not a big fan of these myself, […]

Local players taken in MLS draft
College Soccer / MLS

Local players taken in MLS draft

Lost in all the Philadelphia Union hype was that several local players got drafted by MLS clubs on Thursday. Allentown’s Jason Yeisley, Lehigh University’s Adam Welch, FC Delco product Kevin Tangney and Villanova University’s Mike Seamon all made the cut at the draft. Yeisley and Welch are former players for […]

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 […]

Fan Culture

On Spirituality and Football

The BBC World Service recently ran a segment concerning the confluence of faith and football. It was interesting in that it depicted how nuanced and sophisticated, as well as deeply entrenched, one’s spiritual beliefs can be with their sporting life in the beautiful game. The discussion ran the gambit from […]

Fan Culture

All Ugly World XI 2010

AUXIpics After reading about 4,237 different best XI of the decade lists, I thought I’d switch it up a bit.  I wanted to consider not just the most gifted players of the Premier League or La Liga or Serie A, etc. but rather the most talented footballers who also possess […]

Harrisburg City Islanders / Local Leagues / USL

USL – Tryouts, Home Openers, and Notes

With all of the posturing occuring on the MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement and the mess that is being sorted out with the USL and NASL, it is easy to overlook some big happenings in USL -2 soccer in Pennsylvania. Tryouts The Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL – 2) held their 11th Annual […]

In the book: some essential reading for the Philly soccer fan
History / Philadelphia Soccer History / Soccer Books

In the book: some essential reading for the Philly soccer fan

Today the Philly Soccer Page introduces a new feature, In the Book, a column reviewing books about soccer. To start things off, here are some essential books that every Philly soccer fan should have on their shelve. Rangers, Rovers & Spindles: Soccer, Immigration and Textiles in New England and New […]

Very Nice, Readers!
Fan Culture

Very Nice, Readers!

Soccer fans everywhere anxiously await the second half of the season. January arrives with a new transfer window: a month-long binge in the footy speak-easy, where clubs gamble on high-priced additions who are all described as The Missing Piece (did Afonso Alves really cost Middlesbrough over 10 million pounds?). It’s […]

Legal Handballs
English Premier League / Fan Culture

Legal Handballs

Last week, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger commented that throw-ins may be the wrong way to restart play from the sidelines. Wenger argues that the throw-in gives an unfair advantage to teams who feature long throwers, noting that soccer is a game played with the feet. The Arsenal manager somewhat obliquely […]