Thursday, March 26, 2015

Philadelphia Independence

A photographic tour of Major League Soccer

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 9:10 AM
Every now and again, I get asked which MLS team I root for. When I travel to other cities, I get asked if I’m a Union fan. Around here, people who know I grew up in Washington ask if I still have ties to D.C. United. Still others ask if I’m partial to Portland or Montréal or other... Read more

Heather Mitts retires from soccer, will join Philadelphia Union's TV broadcast team

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 7:52 PM
Veteran U.S. national team defender Heather Mitts has announced that her playing career is over. But her connections to the American soccer community will continue, as she's joining the Philadelphia Union's television team. "The time has come for me to move onto a new stage of my career," Mitts wrote... Read more

Carli Lloyd heads to Western New York Flash in National Women's Soccer League allocation process

Friday, January 11, 2013, 2:56 PM
The U.S. Soccer Federation has announced the results of the National Women's Soccer League allocation process for national team players from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Each of the eight teams in the NWSL gets two or three Americans, two Canadians and two Mexicans. There is no team in the... Read more

Catching up with former Philadelphia Independence and Penn State midfielder Joanna Lohman

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 6:38 PM
During her two years with the Philadelphia Independence, Joanna Lohman quietly established a reputation as one of the team's stalwarts. Though the former Penn State star did not have the name recognition of such stars as Amy Rodriguez and Natasha Kai, Lohman nonetheless became a fan favorite for her... Read more

Professional women's soccer faces up to reality

Monday, May 28, 2012, 9:30 PM
A nearly-full house at PPL Park watches the U.S. women's national team's 4-1 rout of China on Sunday. (Jonathan Tannenwald/ I admit up front that this post is a combination of fact and opinion, but I know you all well enough to believe that you will be able to properly separate the two... Read more

Philadelphia Union would travel to D.C. United or Richmond Kickers in U.S. Open Cup fourth round

Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 5:10 PM
The draw for the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup is out, and the Philadelphia Union will be hitting the road if they beat Rochester at PPL Park next Tuesday. The Union will face either D.C. United or the Richmond Kickers if they on Tuesday, June 5 if they advance to the fourth round. If it's D.C... Read more

Catching up with former Philadelphia Independence midfielder Lori Lindsey

Friday, May 18, 2012, 11:33 PM
PRINCETON - In all the time I've spent covering soccer, Lori Lindsey is one of the best quotes and best people I've ever worked with. The former Independence midfielder is also a perfect advertisement for the effect that a fully professional league can have on women's soccer in the United States. Her... Read more

Philadelphia Union lose season opener to Portland Timbers, 3-1

Monday, March 12, 2012, 8:04 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - In 2011, the Philadelphia Union scored first in just five of their 17 regular season road games. In their first road game of 2012 Monday night, the Union took an early lead, but couldn’t hold on to it. The Portland Timbers ran roughshod over the Union after Gabriel Gomez’s... Read more

WPS CEO, Atlanta Beat owner open up about league suspending operations

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 1:56 AM
I wanted to get to this yesterday, but there was far too much going on with the Union for me to have the time. Here are some transcribed highlights from a conference call held with Women's Professional Soccer CEO Jennifer O'Sullivan and Atlanta Beat CEO T. Fitz Johnson. There's a lot to digest here... Read more

Women's Professional Soccer cancels 2012 season

Monday, January 30, 2012, 1:17 PM
Barely 12 hours after the United States women's national team wrapped up an extremely successful Olympic qualifying campaign, the women's soccer world was sent reeling this afternoon by the news that Women's Professional Soccer has suspended operations. Here is the press release from the league: Women's... Read more
About this blog
The Goalkeeper is your home for the latest news about the Philadelphia Union, Major League Soccer, U.S. national teams and the rest of the world's most popular sport. It's also a place for fans to gather and celebrate the culture of soccer and its unique place on the sports landscape.

Reach Jonathan at or 215-854-2330.

Jonathan Tannenwald
Latest Videos:
Also on
Stay Connected