Philadelphia Union

12 February 4:33 pm

Philadelphia Union will recgonize two season ticket members every Friday as we continue to countdown to the home opener. If you are interested in being involved in our #STMSpotlight please email: contests@philadelphiaunion.com.

This week we have two wonderful and dedicated season ticket members, the Klemmer and Jarrett family! 

The Klemmer Family 

 

What are you most excited about for the 2015 season?

  • Watching the team develop under the leadership of Coach Curtin.

What made you want to Re-Doop?

  • I can't imagine not Re-dooping! I started counting the days to First Kick after the last game.

Who is your favorite player and why?

  • My son Paul and I are big Nogueira fans, while my youngest wears #29 - Hoppenot. I think we love those two players for their energy on the pitch.

What is your favorite memory at PPL Park?

  • My favorite memories are watching my boys walk the players out - especially when James walked with Henry at the All-Star game and Paul with Torres in 2011.

The Jarrett Family

What are you most excited about for the 2015 season?

  • Just getting the season started, winning

What made you want to Re-Doop?

  • The vibe during the games, and our family tradition since opening day.

Who is your favorite player and why?

  • Maurice Edu - he brought something special to the Union.

What is your favorite memory at PPL Park?

  • The opening day of PPL.

 

12 February 11:13 am

Here are the results of Round Three: Round Four is coming up quickly. Vote or tweet your answer to @philaunion #SpotTheBall. There will be a new set of photos posted each day for the rest of the week. Correct answers will be revealed tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. 

Previous Rounds

Round One - Answers
Round Two- Answers

Photo credit: Sideline Photos, Greg Carroccio (photos from 2014)

 

 

 

11 February 11:23 am

This might waste about 10 minutes of your life, but it's totally worth it. Vote or tweet your answer to @philaunion #SpotTheBall. There will be a new set of photos posted each day for the rest of the week. Correct answers will be revealed tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. 

Previous Rounds

Round One - Answers
Round Two- Answers

Photo credit: Sideline Photos, Greg Carroccio (photos from 2014)

11 February 11:00 am

How'd you do on round two of #SpotTheBall? Check out the answers below.

A new set of photos will be revealed this afternoon. Make sure to vote or  tweet your answer to @philaunion #SpotTheBallCorrect answers will be revealed tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. 

Previous Rounds

Round One - Answers

Photo credit: Sideline Photos, Greg Carroccio (photos from 2014)

 

 

 

10 February 10:36 am

So... Day One of spot the ball might've been a little easy. We're hoping this round will be a little more challenging. Each photo has a poll where you can record your answer. You can also tweet your answer to @philaunion #SpotTheBall. There will be a new set of photos each day for the entire week!  Correct answers will be revealed tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. 

Previous Rounds
Round One - Answers

Photo credit: Sideline Photos, Greg Carroccio (photos from 2014)

10 February 10:26 am

Spot the ball day one answers are now revealed. Check out how you did below.

There will be a new set of photos today at 12:00 p.m.  You can also tweet your answer to @philaunion #SpotTheBall

Photo credit: Sideline Photos, Greg Carroccio (photos from 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 February 10:11 am

In anticipation for the home opener, we're bringing you photos of the Union in action, but there's a trick. We've hidden the ball. Now it's up to you to spot where it is. Each photo has a poll where you can record your answer. You can also tweet your answer to @philaunion #SpotTheBall. There will be a new set of photos each day for the entire week! 

The correct answers will be revealed tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. 
Good luck...

Photo credit: Sideline Photos, Greg Carroccio (photos from 2014)

 

 

 

09 February 5:18 pm

So everyone, how was your Monday? Ours was pretty good.

Yes, 6-foot-5 center back Steven Vitoria is officially a member of your Philadelphia Union. Vitoria was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, but moved to Portugal when he was 18-years-old to advance his professional soccer career.

He’s now 28 and has been with Portuguse powerhouse Benfica for the past 18 months. He gained notoriety during the 2011-12 season when he led Estoril to a Portuguese second-division title. The following year, he helped guide the team to a fifth place finish in Primeira Liga and into Europa League Qualifying. The ensuing offseason he joined Benfica.

Along with the rest of his new teammates, Vitoria and the Union were back on the training grounds Monday morning to jump start their second week in Clearwater, Fla. Following Saturday night’s loss to Jacksonville, the team bus arrived back at hotel shortly after midnight and Jim Curtin gave his team the day off Sunday.

It was a perfect day to recharge the batteries, especially for yours truly.

But first, let’s recap some of the weekend. C.J. Sapong took over our Twitter account on the way to Jacksonville. Fans could directly reach him by using #AskCJ and, as expected, he was a beast. Really, what more would you expect from this guy? Among the litany of questions he answered, he might, just might, have a date circled on his calendar (looking at you, Sporting Kansas City).

And there was also this. We're sorry, Andre Blake.

 

I'm sure Dre will be out for revenge. Elsewhere, a couple of fun videos you may have missed over the weekend included some behind the scenes shots from Media Day. Maurice Edu is in the middle of it, as usual. Jimmy McLaughlin and Antoine Hoppenot had a pretty good time, too. And you saw a snippet of this in last week’s Daily Doop, but here’s some video of Andrew Wenger testing his hand in broadcasting with Zach Pfeffer.

Saturday, the Union lost 3-1 to Armada FC, although I’m sure you already knew that. Yes, we know all of you out there in Doop-land aren’t happy. Guess what – neither are we.

Good news: it’s one preseason game and there are still five more to get it right. The first step in that direction is tomorrow night against Tampa Bay Rowdies, tomorrow, at 6 p.m. at our Spring Training home, Joe DiMaggio Complex.

Preparation for that started today, with the longest single-training session of the preseason so far. After typical fitness and passing work, teams were split up for 4v4, 6v6 and 8v8 games for over an hour. Vitoria spent much of the day with the first team and was teamed up with Ethan White during the 8v8. There were a few other highlights including this goal from Sapong:

 

Love the finish from @bigafrika88

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The team had a lifting session in the afternoon and will have a relatively quiet day tomorrow morning. It looks like there will be a light run in the morning, and the team will be ready to go against Tampa Bay for a 6 p.m. kickoff. Follow our live updates from Joe DiMaggio Complex.

After Tuesday wraps up, the team's first phase of Spring Training in Clearwater is just about over. The team will have two more training sessions, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, and will fly back to Philadelphia Thursday afternoon. The guys will get the rest of the weekend off before flying back to Clearwater Monday morning.

A few more things I have to push because, frankly, I just like all of them. Have you tried our spot the ball challenge? I went 0-for-3. The answeres will be revealed tomorrow at 10 a.m. Also, a new mic'd up is out with Curtin, White and Danny Cruz. By far my favorite part is Austin Berry having a little fun with our audio guys:

 

Here's a sneak peak of the new mic'd up video during spring training. Full video will be released today.

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Contact Philadelphia Union press officer Chris Winkler at cwinkler@philadelphiaunion.com.

06 February 12:06 pm

Below is a look at some of the recent and upcoming events on the Foundation calendar. To learn more or to get involved, contact the Philadelphia Union Foundation at foundation@philadelphiaunion.com

Or visit our website, philadelphiaunion.com/foundation.

MLS WORKS & PUF Community Service Project @ Philabundance: January 14th

MLS W.O.R.K.S., CR reps from every club, Union, PUF, MLS Draftees and Zach Pfeffer joined to sort and pack over 4,000 lbs of food to be distributed to 400 shelters in 9 different counties. Furthermore, MLS W.O.R.K.S. and PUF gave Philabundance a donation that will provide food for 10,000 families. For more information on Philabundance visit: http://www.philabundance.org/. Check out the article here.

Philadelphia Union Foundation at the NSCAA Convention: January 14 – 18th

PUF in conjunction with NSCAA Foundation sponsored 6 coach scholarships to the NSCAA Convention that took place in Philly this year. These 6 coaches were able to grow their knowledge and networking of the sport. The PUF recognized the group at the PUF presentation at the convention, where PUF mission, goals, and current successes were presented.

MLK Day of Service: January 19th

Union representatives met at Chester high School for a Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance day, “Pieces of Peace”.

Shining Stars Award – March of Dimes: January 21st

CSN recognizes Union’s Ray Gaddis as a mentor to Shining Star Amelia Kepple. Ray and Amelia became friends over the past year and were able to spend time together at PPL Park. Ray, along with other athletes from the Philadelphia Professional Sport Teams were honored at the March of Dimes award banquet.

For more on Shining Stars and March of Dimes, please visit: http://www.csnphilly.com/page/shining-star

Simon’s Soiree: February 7th

The PUF will attend Simon’s Soiree in continued support of “Simon’s Fund”. PUF will work with this organization in continuing to spread awareness of heart conditions and the importance of heart screenings.
For more info visit: http://www.simonsfund.org/

Chester Football Program Dinner: February 28th

Rick Jacobs, Executive Director of the PUF will be the guest speaker at the Chester-Wide Football Program Dinner. The Foundation’s mission aims to provide opportunities to youth in the community. PUF feels that using sport as a conduit for change is a powerful approach. The Foundation is happy to collaborate with the Chester Football Program in order to bring awareness and initiative to the area’s youth sports programs.

Cocktails & Cleats: March 11th

The PUF brings you the 3rd annual Cocktails & cleats Celebration presented by Cozen O’Connor. Sign up now for a night filled with fun: silent and live auctions, plated dinner, open bar, complimentary valet parking, a chance to meet the Philadelphia Union team.

To register visit: http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/foundation

Give the Gift of Soccer – Chester City United: April 6th – June 6th

Chester City United will kick off in April of this year for a two season, 3 day a week, after school soccer program. But, we need your help! Give the Gift of Soccer - $30 will pay for the registration for one young soccer player to participate in this program. The program includes a t-shirt and other fun soccer gear!

To donate visit: http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/content/give-gift-soccer

05 February 8:36 pm

It's Day Four here in beautiful Clearwater, Fla., and even a hectic overnight thunderstorm didn't halt the Union's practice plans.

OK, a morning lift was the plan, anyhow.

But if you've been following along this week, you've probably noticed strength and conditioning coach Kevin Miller is usually the first name mentioned. The players might be getting sick of seeing Kevin, too. But he's the best in the business for a reason and today three separate groups had a 30-minute lifting session with the coach.

In the afternoon, the team had another rigorous two-hour session on a wet, but playable field. Much of the last hour was dedicated to rotating four-goal games, with keepers Andre Blake, John McCarthy, Brian Sylvestre and Zak Downes in net. Downes is another new trialist with the club. Don't worry Union fans, Vincent Nogueira was back on the field Thursday, joined by Brian Carroll and Michael Lahoud who have both been nursing injuries, as previously reported. Nogueira's off-day during Wednesday's scrimmage seemingly had people worried. But the move was precautionary and he was back on the field for the entire afternoon session.

The head coach Jim Curtin was busy today, too. Curtin held a 1 p.m. conference call with reporters to discuss the upcoming match against Jacksonville Armada FC. Yes, I know -- we all know -- there are other things on everyone's mind. Jim answered a few of them, as reported by Dave Zeitlin of MLSsoccer.com, including this about his look at the transfer market:

“We have clear targets, and we’re actively pursuing them. But at the same time, the guys that are here having the success they’re having is good. I want competition at every spot. I want guys to always be looking over their shoulder and know there’s someone pushing behind them.”

Elsewhere, there's plenty of news to report from us, too. The team reached an agreement with 6abc, Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network to broadcast all local games this year. Along with three other home games, the season opener against Colorado Rapids on March 7 will be broadcast on 6abc. CSN and TCN will split the remaining 21 locally televised games. The Union have nine on national TV.

Also, if you missed it yesterday, 10 members of the Union academy signed national letters of intent to play soccer at Division 1 colleges this upcoming season. You can see our report here.

In other news, Fred did not win the Powerball last night. He was back on the field today, but happy as ever. "Next time" he said.

 

We're ready for Day Four in @MyClearwater. @freddasilva77 is here, he did not win PowerBall.

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More from yesterday: if you caught Wednesday's Daily DOOP, I had mentioned Andrew Wenger had scored a goal during an intra-squad scrimmage. He then tried his hand at broadcasting, leading me to wonder if there's anything more he could do. Well, add editor to this list. I mistakenly credited Wenger with a goal that was actually Cristian Maidana, as Andrew pointed out to me. Thanks for reading, Andrew. Sorry, Chaco. Sorry, fans.

Elsewhere, our video team pushed out two awesome videos that you may not have seen. We go behind the scenes with Dzenan Catic on our "On the Road" series. And, Jim Curtin, Ethan White and Zach Pfeffer react to the second week of training.

Catic, the rookie, was great, but hopefully you saw C.J. Sapong getting into a freestyle post-practice. Sapong does all of the rounds for us, as you may have noticed, and tomorrow we're thrilled to have him do another. C.J. is taking over Twitter from 1:30-2:30 as the Union head for Jacksonville for their first preseason game of 2015.

We're back at it tomorrow with a morning session before a quick lunch. The team heads for Jacksonville early in the afternoon ahead of Saturday's match and will have the night off upon arrival. And if you haven't started your countdown yet, please do. You know we have.

Contact Union press officer Chris Winkler at cwinkler@philadelphiaunion.com.