Articles written by: Tim Jones

Still learning soccer after four decades. A southwestern Ohio buckeye transplanted to Chester County. Loves history, new ideas, baking bread, being a sports fan, and apparently unconnected connections. Though he wouldn't tell you, the PSP crew wants you to know he's a retired high school soccer coach.

Analysis

The meaning of two Best XI Homegrowns

Tim Jones iconoclastically unpacks what it meant for Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie to make the 2020 MLS Bext XI.

Commentary / Union

The five new Homegrowns

Tim Jones discusses realistic expectations for 2021’s five new Union home grown players.

Analysis

A look at potential internal roster replacements

With key players likely to leave the Union this offseason, Tim Jones takes a look at potential replacements from the organization’s position pipelines.

USL - Philadelphia Union II

Offseason updates from Union II

Tim Jones consolidates what tidbits there are this offseason regarding Philadelphia Union II activity.

Analysis / USL - Philadelphia Union II

Contributors to the Shield

PSP’s Tim Jones examines the role Bethlehem Steel FC played in developing contributors for the Union’s 2020 roster beyond the Academy boys.

Analysis

Was the Union’s defense tiring?

Tim Jones examines the Union’s recent tendency to give up late-game goals.

Commentary

The $6 million sale was not the big story

Tim Jones takes a deep dive into the news that Philadelphia Union II will no longer compete in the USL Championship and changes to the developmental pipeline coming next year.

Analysis

Thinking about Austin FC’s expansion draft and the Union

Tim Jones makes some assumptions about an Austin FC expansion draft, and speculates about whom the Union might protect and expose.

USL - Philadelphia Union II

The unsettled future of Union II

Tim Jones explores the reports that Philadelphia Union II will leave USL Championship to join an MLS professional reserve league.

Commentary / USL - Philadelphia Union II

A very close look at Union II’s 2020 players

Tim Jones discusses the Union II players whose two-year trial period is expiring, and those who have made significant contributions to the season.