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We’re working on another upgrade to the site that will require some testing as we switch everything over. If you see the Philly Soccer Page suddenly go down sometime in the next 10 days or so, don’t worry. It’ll come back quickly enough. That’s just us messing around with stuff. We hope to have the upgrade finished this month.

But that begs the question:

What would you like to see on the Philly Soccer Page that’s not here yet?

We have a few new things planned, and the site will look very different and have some new options. But that doesn’t mean we’ve thought of everything.¬†What do you think we should add, change or improve? What’s missing here?¬†Think small, and think big.

Weigh in via comments below or email us at phillysoccer3@gmail.com.


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Some surely noticed this page was down for a while yesterday. Apparently, WordPress crashed worldwide. Coincidentally, we host this page on WordPress.

Here’s the rundown, if you’re curious.

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You can now follow the Philly Soccer Page on Twitter.

Simply click on the Twitter icon over on the right sidebar, and it will take you to our Twitter feed. Each time we post to the blog, a post automatically goes to Twitter with a headline and link to the full post. We had this feature a while back, but we didn’t immediately initiate it when we switched to WordPress last month (probably because yours truly is sometimes just a kamikaze center back brain damaged from mishitting one too many headers). But now it’s back to stay.

This is one of a few changes you’ll gradually see slipping onto the Philly Soccer Page. We still consider the site to be in its beta phase, and we plan quite a few improvements in terms of features, aesthetics, and hopefully finding someone who knows women’s soccer better than us. If you have suggestions, please shoot them our way through our Contact page or by clicking here.

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Next week, you’ll see some changes on this site. We’ll be moving over to WordPress, which will allow us to do a few things differently. We used Posterous.com to start with because it’s very user-friendly and is good for simply getting straight content onto the web. Now that we see our readership growing, as well as recognizing the amount of content we’re putting up, it’s time for a move. WordPress will allow us to have more pages and links on the site, so you’ll see features like a page with information on local pickup games and adult soccer leagues, as well as links to more local news sites. We’ll be moving all our past posts over, but unfortunately, the comments won’t go with them.

As for you, you likely won’t have to do anything different. Just type in the same URL — http://www.phillysoccerpage.com — and it will take you right to the new site.

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Follow the Philly Soccer Page on Facebook and Twitter. Simply click on the icons to the right of the page. Then become a fan on Facebook and a follower on Twitter. Our posts here will automatically stream to your Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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Welcome to The Philly Soccer Page, a new site we hope will become a must-read for soccer fans in Philadelphia and the surrounding Delaware Valley. With two top-tier professional teams starting play here in 2010, this seemed the right time to assemble our own team to follow the game in our back yard.

So we did.

Our plan is to write about the world of soccer from a Delaware Valley perspective. We won’t be so myopic that we’ll only follow the sport as it’s played within our region, and you can expect to see plenty here about Major League Soccer, the major foreign leagues, and next year’s World Cup.

We won’t forget where we come from though, so expect plenty of hometown content. Philadelphia has a long soccer history, dating back to the 19th century. Today, the sport’s popularity is growing in the city and the surrounding area, from Cape May and Wilmington up to Trenton and Allentown. Youth leagues flourish, and adult leagues are growing. Soccer pubs draw plenty on game days. You can find pickup games every day of the week, despite a shortage of good public fields in the city.

As for us, we play in the Casa Soccer League, the Delaware Valley’s largest adult league, and pickup games around the area. The Philly Soccer Page’s nine contributors include three current and former journalists, the author of a popular soccer newsletter who’s writing a book about Philadelphia’s soccer history, and a coach of one of New Jersey’s best high school soccer programs. Most have played the game all their lives. Fredo Silva is our designer, I’m the editor, and the other seven guys carry our water by contributing great content. We all have our different interests and approaches, as you’ll find out soon enough.

Our opening today is a soft launch, and we expect to stay lean and stripped down in this beta stage until we build enough readership to take this site to the next level. We chose to start today because we’re at the beginning of a new era in Philadelphia soccer: Next week, our city’s Major League Soccer team will acquire their first players through an expansion draft. In January, MLS holds its college draft in Philadelphia. Come March, we’ll have two new home teams: Philadelphia Union and Philadelphia Independence.

Today, you have someone else to sound off about it, as well as spread the word about soccer happenings around the area. We plan to post new content daily, so feel free to check in regularly. If you know of interesting soccer-related events worth publicizing here or have suggestions on things to write about, email us at phillysoccer3@gmail.com. Weigh in on our comment boards, and generally give us a shout whenever there’s something you think we should know.

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