Welcome to a special post weekend edition of “The Daily Doop.”
Figured it was a weekend with a ton going on, so we’d wait to hit you with a wealth of information.
You’re probably wondering "what exactly is photo above?" First off, know it got quite the laugh by our staff. It was taken on Thursday night, when we held our third annual “Employee Appreciation Dinner” at PPL Park, to honor our hardworking interns, volunteers and in-stadium staff. The gentleman on the left shown in the picture with rookie defender Raymon Gaddis is William Slofer, a guest services manager who we believe could also be Gaddis’ doppelganger in 20 years.
Seriously, get a good look. Are you laughing yet? Because we still are.
In any case, the night was a great success and really allowed us to connect with some awesome people that without, this operation would be organized chaos.
Okay, onto the good stuff…
Union midfielder Keon Daniel is having himself one heck of a week, playing for his native Trinidad and Tobago. We showed you video Thursday of Daniel’s beast of a goal in a 4-0 T&T win over French Guyana. Daniel was at it again on Sunday, scoring a hat trick in a 10-0 roasting of Anguilla to win the group stage of the CFU Caribbean Cup, which encapsulates qualifying for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
As we mentioned late last week, Union captain Carlos Valdes got the start in Colombia’s 2-0 win over Paraguay in FIFA World Cup qualifying on Friday. Radamel Falcao (who is kind of a big deal right now) scored a brace as Colombia cruised. Valdes will be back in action Tuesday when Colombia rounds out this phase of FIFA match dates with a friendly against Cameroon.
Panamanian midfielder Gabriel Gomez and his group are sitting pretty even after a scoreless draw against Honduras in Panama City on Friday.
Panama is tied atop FIFA World Cup qualifying group with Canada and will round out the group stage with Cuba in Havana tomorrow.
Yes, the same Cuba missing players after four defected prior to a match against Canada on Friday.
So the Union took a 1-0 backseat to D.C. United in reserve league action on Friday, but philadelphiaunion.com caught up with former forward Lionard Pajoy, traded earlier this year in exchange for midfielder Danny Cruz. Pajoy, who was there to “watch his friends” told us that he missed Philadelphia, but was happy to be in D.C., “getting a fresh start.” Pajoy actually spent this past weekend in Philly to hang with relatives who flew into town and hung with buddies Roger Torres and Porfirio Lopez.
Tuesday night we are going BIG on “The 90th Minute” and we want you there. Joining us live for the entire one hour segment will be Union manager John Hackworth and defender Chris Albright. The show will once again air from Chickies and Pete’s on the Boulevard (11000 Roosevelt Blvd.). There will be food and drink specials for those that attend and we will be handing out prizes. Also you can ask a question on air for a guest to answer. Can’t make it? You can still submit a question via Twitter and Facebook. Just make sure to use the hashtag #radioquestions, so we know what’s up.
Also, with Albright being a Philly guy, we've added an extra incentive. Do you know Chris personally? Drop a short message in the entry box and enter to win a raffle prize with the top gem being a signed Chris Albright jersey! Our clever marketing team have dubbed it "Six Degrees of Albright," so feel free to have some fun with it.
And finally, we leave you with this awesome video we found on YouTube over the weekend that features some of the downright nastiest one-on-one moves from players around the globe. It’s put to some pretty chill music and is around eight minutes long, so if you need to unwind and be amazed…we got you.
Contact Kerith Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Kerith on Twitter @sprtswtr