Articles written by: Ben Tracy

Ben is a Philly expat living in Brooklyn with an unhealthy footy obsession. You can usually find him in section 117 on Union gamedays.

World Cup: Second Teams

Second Teams: Germany

Obviously, we’ll all root against Germany when they play the US. But, as Ben Tracy writes, when that isn’t the case, there are plenty of reason to cheer for die Mannschaft.

Featured / Season Reviews / Union

Le Toux treble gives Union 3-2 victory

It was a landmark day for soccer in Philadelphia. A first home game, a first win and a first hat trick of goals for the Union.

Union / Union match reports

A poor start for the Blue & Gold

OK, OK, it was just the first game. There is no need to panic. However, there’s also no need to gloss it over: the Union were poor last night, and there are reasons for concern.

Featured / MLS / Union

Roger Torres signing part of larger trend in MLS

In signing young midfielder Roger Torres, Philadelphia Union are taking part in a growing trend in MLS: Bringing in Colombian talent, especially that of the young variety.

English Premier League / World Cup

Let's Get Dirty – Nigel De Jong's Kindred Spirits

If you’re a USA fan who isn’t up on the Oranje, Manchester City, or the Hamburgers before that, you might have wondered “who was that objectionable oaf who broke poor Stu’s leg?”, and later on “who is that cowardly s%!$head who blatantly dove for a free kick while under pressure […]

USA 2-1 El Salvador – A Few Thoughts
USMNT / World Cup

USA 2-1 El Salvador – A Few Thoughts

If you are only a casual USMNT fan, you might be forgiven if you forgot this game was happening. In fact, many hardcore fans have questioned the real value of this fixture. The fact is, though, that there are still a good 5-6 spots on the World Cup roster still up […]

England / English Premier League

Schoolyard Goalkeeping Sinks Arsenal Again

Anyone wondering to what extent goalkeeping can derail an otherwise very good team need only look at Arsenal. The Gunners’ goalkeeping situation reached farcical proportions today after young Polish ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianksi gifted Porto a 2-1 advantage in the first leg of their Champions League tie. Fabianski was filling in […]

English Premier League / MLS

Landon Donovan Scores First For Everton (!!)

Our beloved Landycakes took one step closer to shutting up his critics, scoring his first ever league goal accross the pond in Everton’s 2-0 win over slumping Sunderland. It was a cool, comfortable finish, and any doubts that he can hang in the EPL are surely fading fast. There is […]

Stuart Holden has a Massive Decision to Make
USMNT / World Cup

Stuart Holden has a Massive Decision to Make

It is easy to envy a guy like Stuart Holden. He’s young, good-looking, and possesses great talent for a sport that many of us are unhealthily obsessed with. He has just finished his contract with a team which plays in a league that his talents have outgrown. He is ready for […]

England / English Premier League

Sol Campbell Returning to Arsenal?

That’s sure what it looks like. The 35 year-old Campbell, who has been training with the Gunners for the past few months, played 45 minutes Tuesday night for Arsenal’s reserves in a 2-4 victory at West Ham. Contract details are still being ironed out, but it appears the defender will […]