Daily Doop: Strangely quiet, preparing for Colorado and more Sons of Ben love

Monday's installment of all things Union

It’s Monday afternoon at Union HQ, and it’s been strangely quiet here in the office.

Usually, the fifth floor of the Wharf building is a bustling abode, with interns running about, post Monday morning meeting sidebar discussions and the customary water cooler office chatter.

But none of that was apparent; instead it really looked like a day of reflection and refocus coming off a wild weekend that was the Union home and season opener.

Hey we aren’t complaining and in fact it was quite nice. It allowed the opportunity for philadelphiaunion.com to catch up on some minor details to our site that might’ve fallen by the wayside while discussing the newest offside rules  mandated by FIFA or how awesome the Union third kit looked – but at the same time it did feel like working out of a library.

At any rate, the team had an off day from training Monday after holding a regeneration session on Sunday at PPL Park. The players now gear up for a Friday flight out west to play Colorado at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. If you recall, the Rapids were the Union’s second match of the season in 2012 as well.

The Union resumes training tomorrow. Off the pitch, catch midfielder Michael Lahoud at the Tilted Kilt in King of Prussia from 5-6:30 p.m. signing autographs and talking a little Union soccer.

Moving on…

If you were at Saturday’s match and wondering what the “RRs” meant the Sons of Ben held up in the River End, it was done in support of former U.S. international Robbie Rogers, who recently came out and said he’s gay in addition to announcing plans to step away from the game. The blog gay4soccer.com picked up on the SOBs gesture and posted this. The gesture was so nice that the story received national attention courtesy of USA Today.

It might have been in addition to a host of awesome tifo and banners the group displayed Saturday, but it was certainly proved the most poignant.

Also, if you want to check out the storybook goal scored by Sebastien Le Toux again...hey, we aim to please:

 

Not much more to really report today except that general public tickets for the March 23 match against Mexican giant Pumas UNAM went on sale today. There is also the new “Pick your Seat” option on those as well.

Catch you tomorrow, but not before we leave you with these words of wisdom from defender Ray Gaddis:

Contact Union writer Kerith Gabriel at kgabriel@philadelphiaunion.com