Articles written by: Jim O'Leary

Jim started writing for PSP around the same time the Union announced they were looking to hire a Chief Tattoo Officer. Those two facts probably aren't related, but what if they were? He's on twitter @thejimoleary, but be warned it's only about 60% soccer.

Player ratings / Union

Player ratings: Portland Timbers 0-2 Philadelphia Union

No major mistakes and a road win has everyone getting passing grades in this week’s assessment.

Commentary / USMNT

How I learned to stop worrying and leave John Brooks off the 2022 World Cup roster

The still-nominally-in-Wolfsburg defender is the best center back who hasn’t been on a recent USMNT roster, but Jim O’Leary argues he shouldn’t automatically replace the injured Miles Robinson.

Union

Now the work begins for the Union

After completing a soft opening, the Union are finally open for business and we’ll start to see what they’re really made of.

Commentary / Union

The schedule isn’t easy, it’s just a soft opening

The Union’s schedule has been front-loaded with teams low on the table, allowing the Union to extend their pre-season into the actual season.

Union / Union match reports

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-0 Columbus Crew

An early own goal was all the Union needed to collect three points, scoring no goals of their own despite the significant investments that started on the front line.

Player ratings / Union

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 2-0 Charlotte FC

Lackluster opposition keeps ratings from reaching impressive heights despite the confident performance.

Union

The Union are continuing the same story

Spring is supposed to be a time of new beginnings, and yet the Union feel like we’re already in the middle of the story.

Match previews / Union

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Saturday night the Union will host a San Jose team travelling without their star Cape Verdean midfielder.

Commentary / Union

“Mercenary” doesn’t have to be a bad word

Jamiro Monteiro’s departure has been a contentious issue for some Union fans, but Jim O’Leary thinks it’s all going according to plan.

Featured / Union

Season review: 2021 Philadelphia Union roundtable

The writers of PSP discuss what may have been the most successful Union season ever.