Happy Tuesday everyone.
Less than a week remains of the Union’s time in Orlando-Deltona and only 11 days remain until First Kick. It’s a frenetic (and somewhat frantic) time, but all in a concerted effort to put the very best product on the field at PPL Park, March 2 against Sporting Kansas City.
Speaking of Kansas City…
At the time of this post, philadelphiaunion.com learned that officials of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic were working on a revised schedule for its final day of matches. Originally, the Union was scheduled to play KC at 3 p.m. However, as DPSC director Pat Hicks told philadelphiaunion.com it’s been suggested that the matchup wouldn’t work well as Disney looks to provide the “utmost in fan experience.”
But as Union assistant Brendan Burke put it in the video above, there is little point to having both clubs “show their cards” prior to the season opener.
“I think it would have been more beneficial for us to play someone else’s first team, we don’t want to show our cards before March 2,” Burke said. “I’m sure [Sporting KC coach] Peter Vermes doesn’t want to show his cards either.”
With that said, Disney got the hint and changed their Championship Day schedule. The Union will now face D.C. United at 1 p.m. (philadelphiaunion.com/live) while Sporting takes on Toronto FC in the 3 p.m. slot.
The Union also have United visiting the fields at Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex for a scrimmage tomorrow at 6 p.m. There will be no stream of that game, but keep it locked to philadelphiaunion.com as we will provide updates. Manager John Hackworth is expected to play a lighter side tomorrow heading into Saturday's preseason finale.
“With KC playing Philly in their first match of the season, what we wanted to avoid was having both teams putting out their second strings and putting out a product that was the right ones for the fans that were down here,” Hicks explained. “So that’s really the main reason why we made the change.”
Among others, of course.
There are a host of images and video from a very exciting preseason campaign in Florida. Last week, the “The Daily Doop” brought you a DD video portion which we will round out the week with here beginning with Burke’s today. You can find all those under the video tab on our website. In addition, check out a pair of videos featuring Union midfielder Michael Farfan’s time on “The Dan Patrick Show” last week. TDPS producer Paul Pabst did his “Five Good Seconds” piece with Farfan and other MLS stars trying his luck saving penalty kicks and what in soccer constitutes as a red card.
Hysterical stuff; also check out our Facebook pages for albums of all the goings on in Florida, specifically images of Ray Gaddis, Aaron Wheeler and Chandler Hoffman’s day at Daytona International Speedway.
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Catch you all tomorrow…
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