Daily Doop: Moving parts, phoning home and exploring down South

A holiday turkey installment of all things Union

It’s Wednesday, but with Thanksgiving arriving tomorrow; it might as well be Friday around Union HQ. We have players returning from training stints, players over on training stints and players who hope they receive a phone call to train with us.

So let’s get into it…

Jimmy McLaughlin returns from a two week training stint in Germany today after getting a chance to improve his game with TSG Hoffenheim 1899. It was McLaughlin’s first trip overseas, and since he was on an airplane trying to get back to Philly in time for Thanksgiving at the time of this report, we’ll have to wait until next week to see how it all went.

The bulk of our guys are still out, as Amobi Okugo and Michael Farfan are currently in Germany training with SC Freiburg and Freddy Adu is in Turkey with Galatasaray. Perfect timing for Adu, who watched the first team defeat Manchester United in UEFA Champions League action Tuesday after being in the country for less than 24 hours.

As for the other two, philadelphiaunion.com tried to catch up with them before they left for Germany but was unsuccessful. However, Okugo did respond via text to this reporter from Deutschland:

“Hey Kerith, we [Michael and I] are already here, but is it possible I call u tomorrow from my Skype number it’s already late here and I’m not trying to have a fat bill using my phone lol…by the way, you need to step ur game up and join the iPhone family, iMessages are free internationally. Anyways, talk soon happy early thanksgiving.”

I’m on it, Amobi…

Two other guys that won’t be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with the family are midfielder Zach Pfeffer and academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen. The pair is currently in camp with the U.S. under-18 national team in Carson, Calif.

We reached out to Steffen via Twitter about how camp was going thus far. He got back to us promptly, but saying simply: “It’s going well.”

Man of many words, that one…

We wrote this report recapping last Saturday’s open tryouts at YSC Sports in Wayne. We spotlight former Sueño MLS winner Birnis Adames but the event was comprised of 110 players that hope to receive a call from the technical staff inviting them to involuntary team scrimmage and training sessions going forward…Also, MLSSoccer.com writer Dave Zeitlin penned this article after a chat with Union boss John Hackworth, who said that a South American signing is a “likely possibility.” Finally Union midfielder and MLS Humanitarian of the Year nominee Michael Lahoud chats with CBS radio's Greg Orlandini and Eli Pearlman-Storch of the PhillySoccer Page blog in the latest edition of the Philly Soccer Show.

Everyone enjoy the holiday weekend, we’ll be back at it on Monday with a fresh batch of information.

Contact Kerith Gabriel at kgabriel@philadelphiaunion.com. Follow Kerith on Twitter.