Recent Posts

Who is Octavio Zambrano? — UPDATED
Analysis / Updated

Who is Octavio Zambrano? — UPDATED

Zambrano will reportedly be named the club’s new sporting director. PSP’s Dan Walsh explores his background, from his successful MLS tenure to the potentially disturbing similarities he may have to Peter Nowak. UPDATE: This post has been updated with quite a few new details and quotes from Zambrano.

US Open Cup Final tonight, report says Union to name sporting director, more news
Daily news roundups

US Open Cup Final tonight, report says Union to name sporting director, more news

News and previews ahead of tonight’s Open Cup final. Report says Union to name Octavio Zambrano as sporting director. More.

US Open Cup final roundtable
Roundtable

US Open Cup final roundtable

PSP’s Adam Cann, Mike Servedio and Eli Pearlman-Storch break down the US Open Cup final, focusing on the areas of the match in which Philadelphia Union must excel to win their first trophy.

Strategic analysis of Sporting Kansas City: A story of subtle change
Tactics Talk

Strategic analysis of Sporting Kansas City: A story of subtle change

Sporting Kansas City’s tactical shape is the same, but Peter Vermes’ approach has evolved as his squad has changed. The team facing off against Philadelphia on Wednesday night will have a different strategy than the one that hoisted the US Open Cup in 2012.

Andre Blake must start the U.S. Open Cup final
A View from Afar

Andre Blake must start the U.S. Open Cup final

Jim Curtin has an important decision to make. Andre Blake’s fantastic play has made it a whole lot easier. PSP’s Dan Walsh lays out the case.

Philly and the US Open Cup Final
Philadelphia Soccer History

Philly and the US Open Cup Final

As the Union prepare to host their second US Open Cup final, a look at Philadelphia-area teams in the final throughout the history of the country’s oldest national soccer tournament, which has had local winners ten times since 1914.

SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame launches sixth annual “Coats for Chester” drive
SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame

SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame launches sixth annual “Coats for Chester” drive

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame’s Coats for Chester drive begins its sixth year on Oct. 1

Big decisions as Union ready for Open Cup final, TOW honors for Blake and White, more news
Daily news roundups

Big decisions as Union ready for Open Cup final, TOW honors for Blake and White, more news

Curtin says he’s confident either Blake or McCarthy can help get a win in Wednesday’s final. More Open Cup final and team news. FIFA hands Jack Warner a lifetime ban. More news.

Player ratings & (brief) analysis: Revolution 1-1 Union
Player ratings

Player ratings & (brief) analysis: Revolution 1-1 Union

The Union sat back and absorbed New England’s pressure. They earned a point through Andre Blake’s heroism and Fernando Aristeguieta’s fine finish, but they will need to transition with much more success to trouble Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.

You play to win the game: Why the Open Cup Trophy constitutes a successful season
Commentary

You play to win the game: Why the Open Cup Trophy constitutes a successful season

Kevin Kinkead on why an Open Cup win would make for a successful season, even with missing the playoffs.