It’s Monday after a great Sunday night victory.
With the bye week, the players get a few days off to rest and recharge as a Wednesday-Saturday home and home is next against Toronto FC beginning Sept. 3 at PPL Park (7:30 p.m., purchase tickets).
In office, staff is working overtime to get ready for the month of September as six matches mark the schedule including a pair of back-to-back weeks that feature games in close succession. Four of those are home, highlighted by the Sept. 16 match against Seattle in the U.S. Open Cup final. Speaking of the Open Cup, did you know there are five players on the Union payroll that have hoisted the trophy before? And of those five, four guys played each other at one point in time en route to either victory or defeat.
Amazing what you’ll find once you start digging.
You can find that story here.
Union forward Andrew Wenger is up for Major League Soccer’s Goal of the Week for his first of two goals on the night. It was Wenger’s first brace of his MLS career, but we are kind of partial to his second goal, one that we took the time to show U.S. Open Cup foe Seattle Sounders FC earlier Monday morning:
— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) August 25, 2014
It was a great night for the former No. 1 draft pick and following his performance, Union interim manager Jim Curtin had the following to say:
When he gets a head of steam going at a defender, he’s that combination of speed and power that you don’t see often. When he bangs it with an outside back, he doesn’t lose any speed. He’s strong as can be. He’s a special player who just needs confidence. And I think a night like tonight gives a guy confidence. He’s really learned how to play the position. It’s been a little unique out wide for him. But he’s starting to grasp his abilities and it’s leading to his goals…he checks every box. He’s big, he’s strong. He’s fast. He can smack the ball with his right and left foot as you saw tonight. He’s a guy with an incredibly high ceiling. I think you’re seeing the start of something.”
We certainly hope so…
Looks like at least two of the three amigos are doing their few days of rest right as it appears midfielders Amobi Okugo and Maurice Edu will be spending their time in under the Miami sun.
The pair exchanged cryptic tweets featuring sunshine and airplanes, with Edu's ending with "305" the area code for Miami-Dade County.
ESPN analyst and SportsCenter anchor Max Bretos followed up shortly after Edu's tweet with:
@MauriceEdu - Whoa, bienvenidos a Miami...— Max Bretos (@mbretosESPN) August 25, 2014
Usually this group also includes defender Ethan White, but no word on what his plans are.
Given the time off, the Union’s weekly radio show “The 90th Minute” will take a hiatus this week but will return Sept. 2. The show presented by Farmers Insurance will feature members of the Sons of Ben and the Union Foundation to discuss the upcoming River Cup match between the Union front office and the club’s supporters group.
That show will be held at Chickies and Pete’s in South Philadelphia beginning from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The fallout of having Sixers center Joel Embiid serve as honorary captain in Sunday’s match has been tremendous. The volume of retweets and favorites from this picture on Twitter is insane:
Tune in..... About to play my first professional soccer game with Philadelphia Union. I just got signed pic.twitter.com/djcAr0cdzU— Joel SHMURDA Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) August 24, 2014
And it looks like the effect rubbed off on Embiid, who according to this Union fan was spotted Monday afternoon in the same Union jersey we presented him Sunday night.
— Mick Dungan (@fatnsassy2010) August 25, 2014
Contact Union digital editor Kerith Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org