Articles written by: Brion Shreffler

Featured / Local / World Cup

Notes from Philly’s official World Cup bid viewing party

PSP was at Tir na nOg to see a vast outpouring of soccer support turn into dejection, disbelief and then … the realization that we don’t need the damn World Cup anyway.

Featured / Raves / Union

Raves: Roger Torres

Who doesn’t love Roger Torres? He’s tremendously skilled and explosive. It’s something of a mystery why he disappeared a bit, but here’s why we love him and why we think he’ll be even better next season.

Africa / Soccer Books / World

Book Review: Africa United

Brion Shreffler reviews Steve Bloomfield’s expose on the entwining nature of politics and soccer in Africa, Africa United. It’s the thrill of the most stunning match reports and team history’s you’ve ever read mixed with a judicious dissection of local politics – an adventure that changes reader and author alike.

Culture / Fan Culture / Featured

The interview: Pelada star Gwendolyn Oxenham

The PSP talks with Gwendolyn Oxenham who, along with co-star Luke Boughen, toured the world in search of pickup soccer games for the documentary film, Pelada. The film is showing at International House in Philly on Sunday at 7pm.

Fan Culture / Local

The treble: Bayern, Bundesliga & Brauhaus Schmitz

PSP visits Philly’s best German soccer pub, where the world’s most underrated league is featured and the food and beer are top class. Here’s what was on the plate, in the glass and on the pitch.

Union / Union match reports

Turning over the ashes of the D.C. debacle

A blow-by-blow recap of the Union’s loss to D.C. United.

England / English Premier League / Manchester United

Manchester United puts frustrations aside to punish Newcastle

A breakdown of Manchester United’s game against Newcastle.

MLS / Union

Le Toux, MLS All-Stars Stymied As Man U Rolls 5-2

Brion Shreffler looks at Le Toux’s involvement while recapping a one-sided affair between the MLS All-Stars and Manchester United.

Culture / Fan Culture / Featured

Seeing red over not seeing yellow and green

Brion Shreffler examines the issue of dubious censorship undertaken by staff members at The Linc for last Wednesday’s Union v Man United match. At issue is the refusal to admit anyone displaying signs of protest against United’s current ownership.

Culture / Fan Culture / Union

The devil and the Union-Man U divide

Brion sounds off on the devil, the Union, Manchester United, and the difference between them and their young stars, with a good dose of beer thrown in.