Saturday’s win over New England proved just icing on an already layered cake. It was a night in which our fans that came out were celebrated for their loyalty, just one part of “The U Thank U” campaign. Posted at each gate were members of our front office staff and select players glad handed supporters and giving each one a pink scarf to commemorate our annual Breast Cancer Awareness night.
Making the night more poignant was the pregame ceremony in which FORCE, an organization dedicated to the stop of the disease had three of its members hold torches to honor survivors in addition to supporters and volunteers.
Team sponsor Toyota also made its presence felt on the night. Paul Muller, president of the Tri-State Toyota Dealers’ Association presented FORCE with a $5,000 check alongside Union goalkeeper Chris Konopka, and Comcast SportsNet reporter Amy Fadool, who served as honorary captain.
The game itself kicked off with a highly skewed possession affair from the Union, who hold a pristine 3-0-2 record all-time against the Revolution. The match remained scoreless at the half, but there were numerous chances created to keep the 17,079 in attendance engaged.
At halftime, Toyota was out on the pitch at PPL again, honoring Lisa May Weiss as the 2012 Toyota Volunteer of the Year. The award given to the person that exemplifies an extraordinary contribution to their community was given to Weiss, who coaches a number of local soccer clubs and serves as treasurer of her local Junior Women’s Club, in addition to spearheading fundraising efforts for charity and dedicating time to her local church.
Union forward Jack McInerney scored in the 84th minute to secure the 1-0 victory. Postgame, players hung to sign autographs and staff members were once again at the gates to thank those that came out and supply each one with a commemorative print courtesy of Comcast SportsNet.
It was a night that through many facets made for one grand success.
The Union are back in action in an Oct. 20 road match in Houston (7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet) followed by Kansas City on Oct. 24 (8:30 p.m., The Comcast Network) before returning for the season finale at PPL Park against I-95 rivals New York Red Bulls Saturday, Oct. 27 (1:30 p.m. NBC Sports and 610WIP).
The first 5,000 fans through the gates will receive an exclusive 2012 Union team print sponsored by Bimbo, featuring the entire first team squad and technical staff.