Articles written by: Dan Walsh

Dan Walsh started the Philly Soccer Page in 2009. He spent over a decade as an award-winning newspaper and magazine reporter and continues freelance writing on the side. He moved to Italy in 2014. See more at Email him at

A View from Afar / Union

Goodbye to the great Union tease of 2018

The 2018 Philadelphia Union produced some of the most entertaining soccer in the club’s history. With the stunning trade of Keegan Rosenberry and Borek Dockal’s departure, their stylish possession game appears to be a thing of the past. PSP’s Dan Walsh looks back — and ahead.

Philly Soccer Page Info

The state of PSP heading into 2019

A quick rundown on the state of PSP as we close down 2018 and enter our 10th year of publishing.

Annual Awards

PSP Women’s Player of the Year: Carli Lloyd

The Delran, N.J. native is aging gracefully and remains, at 36, a key USWNT contributor. She is once again PSP’s Women’s Player of the Year.

Analysis / Union

The early returns on Ernst Tanner after a statement signing

Ernst Tanner made a statement with an early striker signing. PSP’s Dan Walsh assesses the Union sporting director’s early moves, which are a mixed bag so far but definitely look impactful.

A View from Afar / Culture / England

A Philadelphian abroad: An exchange of football in London

PSP’s Dan Walsh had a surreal football experience while in London several weeks ago. The Eagles were in town to play the Jaguars, and all he wanted was to catch an English soccer match. A strange and enlightening series of encounters ensued.

Photo by Earl Gardner
A View from Afar / Union

Ten good, available domestic players who could help Philadelphia Union

These 10 players are available, talented, and worth considering by Philadelphia Union because they fill positions of need. PSP’s Dan Walsh runs down the list.

Season Reviews / Union

Season review: Off-season Union personnel movement

A comprehensive look at the Union’s player movements, both from Monday and in the off-season ahead, including the likelihood of the Union featuring a 3-5-2 formation, which seems likely with current talent. PSP’s Dan Walsh lays it out.

Photo by Earl Gardner
Season Reviews / Union

Season review: Grading the Union players

PSP hands out grades to Philadelphia Union’s players for their performances this season, and nobody gets graded on a curve.

Season Reviews / Union

Season review: It’s over. Now what? (2018 edition)

PSP’s Season Review series kicks off today and will run for the next two weeks: For Philadelphia Union, it’s nine years and counting without a playoff win, but those Union fans got an exciting season with often beautiful soccer that could provide the sort of optimism they haven’t had in years.

Why the Union fell short
A View from Afar / Union

Why the Union fell short

The Union were one of MLS’s best teams from May 10 until they stepped on the Yankee Stadium pitch. PSP’s Dan Walsh breaks down what went wrong at the end and notes that, on the whole this year, Jim Curtin deserves more credit than blame.