Convey Not Surprised with Philly's Support
As a first-year
club playing just its second game in brand-new PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union didn’t need any help
selling tickets for Saturday’s matchup against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Nonetheless, native son and Quakes midfielder Bobby Convey is doing his
“There’ll be probably 50 or 60 of my
friends and family that are coming,” Convey told MLSsoccer.com. “They’re
getting in a bus and coming down, cooking out before the game. It’ll be fun.”
Given Philadelphia’s record of
supporting soccer, the Quakes winger is hardly surprised with the success the
Union have had in bringing fans out to the stadium and the love these fans show
for their team.
“You could see when they would play
the Man United games, the Barcelonas, when those teams would come, they’d sell
out the big Eagles stadium,” Convey said.
The Quakes midfielder hopes that the
Union’s presence – and their groundswell of support – will also raise the level
of support for those younger players, especially those in the less affluent
parts of the city.
“When I grew up, there was glass on
the fields. We never really had great fields, the best equipment, the best
facilities, so this is an amazing thing,” Convey said, pointing out that there
are a number of kids, including many underprivileged ones, in and around the
Philadelphia area that play soccer. “Hopefully, [the Union] can start an
academy as well and give some of the poorer kids a chance. That would be a big
success for them and MLS.”
Convey, who will play his first
regular season MLS match in his hometown, said he has recovered to some extent
from the bruised ribs and lung that left him coughing up blood midway through
the first half of the Quakes’ 1-1 tie with D.C. United
Although the left winger didn't need
X-rays, as was first thought necessary, the medical staff did give him a simple
yet tough-to-follow prescription: Get some rest.
“This team is depending on me,” said
Convey, who plans on avoiding leaping in the way of opponent crosses, which is
how he aggravated his injuries against D.C. “I’ll try to do that, I guess. But
it’s one of those things – when you get hurt, you end up getting hit in that
spot over and over again.”