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Wednesday's installment of all things Union

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So it appears there’s this discrepancy among some soccer folks we at philadelphiaunion.com would like to help clear up.

We’ve noticed that since Monday’s announcement that goalkeeper Zac MacMath and Cristhian Hernandez would spend a few weeks training overseas; there have been some who can’t understand the notion of players training with other clubs without it being a trial or any sort of evaluation.

Specifically in the case of Hernandez who took off to Spain’s Real Sociedad for a three week training stint, our communications department has fielded calls from all types inquiring if we sent the 19-year-old out on loan – and if this will ever materialize into a future transfer.

Ugh…

Well, the whole shebang was heightened Wednesday morning after we were “informed” Hernandez was being barraged by reporters and media asking him similar questions 3,675 miles away.

(And yes, that is the actual distance from Chester to San Sebastian, Spain.)

Of course, this sent our tiny department into DEFCON 1 thinking we had a major incident on our hands.

Well, thankfully we don’t.

The sensationalism arrived from the fact that top Spanish newspaper/website MARCA.com and Mexican publication Medio Tiempo both published shorts on Hernandez’ stint – though both firmly mention that it is only for training.  Both are in Spanish, but here's the piece from MARCA, and the one in Medio Tiempo if you’d like to decipher for yourself.

Further debunking the whole notion is this story and video of Hernandez talking about his training stint on Real Sociedad’s website.

Moving on…

Union boss John Hackworth was at XFinity Live early this morning for a hurricane relief drive. Hack was a guest on both Fox 29’s Good Day Live in addition to being on WMMR’s (93.3-FM) Preston and Steve broadcast. Wonder if he sat in the same chair Freddy Adu used while watching Monday night’s Eagles game from the VIP section? Adu was noted to have been in the house along with former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook in today’s Philly Gossip column penned by Daily News columnist Dan Gross.

Also, we released Part 2 of our three part Union Top 10 series earlier today. Kevin Kinkead counted down the top 10 wildest moments of the season. Tomorrow, we’ll cap the affair with the Top 10 weirdest moments and take your picks for the ones we might have missed for a “Top 10 Supporters Picks” that will roll out Friday.

This weekend PPL Park will host the final four of the BIG EAST men’s soccer championships, and participants in the "Soccer for Success"  initiative will get a chance to check out some top college soccer on us. Members from Chester City United, the Boys and Girls Club, the Chester-Upland School District, the Andrew L. Hicks Foundation and the John A. Watts, Lodge No. 224/Susan Sands Temple No. 103 are scheduled to attend.

“This is a way to give back and inspire these kids,” said Rick Jacobs, vice president of business development with the Union and executive director of the Union Foundation. “These kids can come here and watch some great soccer and we hope it inspires them to want to become the next great player.”

Lastly…

Voting for MLS Goal of the Year rolls on with Groups 13-16 up next in the rotation – this happens to feature forward Jack McInerney’s July 4 backheel against Los Angeles up for nomination. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. tonight for this group so cast your votes now! Additionally, voting for MLS’ Latino Player of the Year or its “Latino del Año,” opens Thursday on FutbolMLS.com. Union midfielder Michael Farfan and defender Carlos Valdes are nominees in that category.

Hope everyone braves yet another storm visiting our region, catch you all tomorrow…

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