The Daily Doop!

Thursday's installment of all things Union

Even with a break for international competition, our guys are still making headlines – this time around the world.

Keon Daniel scored a stunner in Trinidad and Tobago’s 4-0 rout of French Guyana last night. Didn’t see it? Check this bad boy out.

And might I add kudos to the person, who set the clip to music and broke out the slow motion effects on the shot. The guys over at Philly Soccer Page described the hit as a “cracker” this morning on their Twitter feed.

The game was a part of the CFU Caribbean Cup, which also encapsulates qualifying for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Trinidad is back in action on Friday in a match against St. Kitts and Nevis followed by a match against Anguilla on Oct. 14.

As we mentioned Wednesday, CONCACAF.com has done a fairly good job of keeping up with the latest scores and statistics from the Caribbean Cup, so if you want to monitor Keon and T&T’s progress, that’s another place to do it.

Moving on, we’ve heard at philadelphiaunion.com that Carlos Valdes will be a member of the starting 11 when Colombia takes on Paraguay, Friday. It’s subject to change obviously, but our man on the inside says it’s likely the Union captain will feature in the FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Which we think is awesome, of course.

Last but not least, midfielder Gabriel Gomez will be with Panama Friday when it hosts Honduras in Panama City followed by Cuba on Oct. 16 also for FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Moving on…

We continued our three-part "Meet the Trialists" series today with this inside look at former Union player Ryan Richter, who is out to make the squad...the second time around. Richter has been in training with the club for the latter part of a month coming off a campaign in which he helped the USL's Charleston Battery collect the 2012 title. MLSSoccer.com writer Dave Zeitlin provides the in-depth look.

Our players have also gotten into the spirit of the month long "The U Thank U"  celebration. Midfielder Michael Lahoud announced via Twitter his plans to "give away a prize each week" from his own stash.

Now, that’s dedication.

The first team may have a break, but the reserves are back in action Friday in a rubber match against D.C. United at noon. The match is on short rest for the reserves who, led by Chandler Hoffman, dominated United Tuesday in a 6-0 defeat at PPL Park. There will be no stream for this one, but we will provide updates via our Twitter feed.

Delco Daily Times writer Vince Sullivan took care of us with this article on our “Soccer for Success” initiative at Widener University.  Anytime you start off with a meal dined on courtesy of organic sweet potatoes grown by students at Stetser Elementary School, it’s worth a read.

And finally…

Do you have satellite radio? More so, do you have Sirius satellite radio? You’re in luck.

On Monday, the launch of “Sirius XM FC” kicks off on channel 94. According to a release, listeners will get a rundown of live matches from the EPL, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup in addition to MLS playoff matches.

Of course, it wouldn’t be radio without talking heads, and Sirius’ debut lineup features John Harkes, Ray Hudson, Tony Meola and more.

Until tomorrow…

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