Hope everyone had a great weekend, I know we have here at philadelphiaunion.com. A pair of wins, followed up with a bit of big news to drop makes us happy.
So let’s get right into it…
The Union will hold preseason training in at the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex in Deltona, Fla. (Feb. 9-23) and will participate along with four other MLS clubs in the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando. Fan packages are currently being prepared for supporters to head down Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 15-18) to check out training and see the club play in a Feb. 16 match against a team to be determined. In all, the Union will play four matches in the tournament (Feb. 9, Feb. 13, Feb. 16, Feb. 23), while training in Central Florida.
D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City have already announced plans to be involved in the showcase and philadelphiaunion.com have heard that Toronto FC is the fourth MLS club. In addition, the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the revamped NASL and the USL’s Orlando City franchise have also agreed to take part.
In addition to preliminary training at YSC Sports in Wayne, Deltona for now will be the only preseason jaunt the club will make. It appears the days of international trips to play ninth division clubs in Mexico, Greece, Costa Rica are a thing of the past. From what Union brass has conveyed, Deltona will become akin to what Clearwater is to the Phillies – a great destination for supporters to visit and vacation while keeping a close eye on the preseason developments.
Full information on preseason training and the fan packages being offered can be found here.
To register for a fan package, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the fan services table (section 112) at PPL Park during the Oct. 27 season finale against Red Bull New York.
In other news…
We are hearing that its possible midfielder Danny Cruz will be available for the season finale if not sooner. Despite outside reports that Cruz has been shut down for the season (why you shouldn’t believe everything you read), the Union training staff told philadelphiaunion.com that the two-week respite for international action will be the waiting period before it’s decided whether or not Cruz is finished for the year.
However, Cruz has to rebound from a stress fracture in his left toe he’s been dealing with for the latter part of a month, a slight Achilles injury and now a sprained right toe sustained in Wednesday’s win over Chicago.
“Actually, believe it or not he’s had more issues with the left toe than he has with the right,” said Union trainer Paul Rushing. “It’s not something though that he can’t come back from and we aren’t ruling him out for this season at all. What we are going to do though is use this break to evaluate him and see where we are after before we make a final decision.”
One would think that the pain isn’t excruciating considering Cruz sported a pair of some, umm…pretty interesting pointed toe dress shoes in the win over New England, Saturday.
Speaking of the win…
The goal from Jack McInerney was his third in three straight matches. MLSSoccer.com writer Dave Zeitlin did the legwork and discovered McInerney joins former Union strikers Sebastien Le Toux and Danny Mwanga as the only players to score in three straight. LeToux, actually did it twice during his 11 goal run last season and Mwanga did it once during the club’s inaugural year. McInerney could become the club’s all-time consecutive game goalscorer with four should he grab another goal against Houston on Oct. 16 (7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
The first thing is you may have noticed the new name “The Daily Doop.” For that you can thank “M.J.,” a big Union supporter who “loves Michael Farfan.” M.J. sent in over 20 possible name choices laid out over three emails.
Add that to the tons of email and social media responses we received made for a tough decision, but from here on out we are confident we captured the right moniker.
Thanks, M.J. and thank all of you for taking the time out.
For those of you lucky to have Columbus Day way from the office, enjoy it.
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