Hoppenot goal vs. TOR

The Union Daily, Vol. 4

Awesome – simply awesome.

While we are not going to get into all the reasons last night’s 3-1 victory over Chicago has morale at a premium at Union HQ today, know it went a long way into supplanting a few things we knew this Union collective can accomplish.

That this club can in fact respond to pressure quite well…what that pressure was in last night’s case is for you to interpret.

That success on the road is not an old wives’ tale.

That scoring multiple goals comes with relative ease – when you actually shoot the ball.

All were on display Wednesday and it was awesome to see. However, it arrived with a bit of a setback.

Union midfielder Danny Cruz who went down just before first half stoppage with what was believed to be a fractured ankle, is actually suffering a right toe injury that is being called a sprain the Union training staff revealed to philadelphiaunion.com. It will remain being called a sprain until Cruz can receive further x-rays and MRI testing back in Philly. The team left on a mid-morning flight back to Philly and Cruz will see specialists later today or early tomorrow for analysis.

Also, manager John Hackworth will have to scramble to fill Sheanon Williams’ spot this Saturday against New England (7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet) as Williams will miss the match due to yellow card accumulation.

Getting back to Chicago…

Let’s talk about Gabriel Gomez’ wonder strike  for just a second because after thinking about it we can’t recall a goal hit with that much venom since…last season when the Union hosted Chicago. Remember when Carlos Ruiz destroyed a volley that dipped under the bar in a 2-1 win over the Fire?

Don’t remember that? Fast forward to the 6:55 mark of this highlight reel for a refresher.

While Wednesday’s win brings confidence for the Union (9-14-6, 33 points), it now leaves the Fire scrambling to ensure their first playoff berth since 2009, given a win helped to secure it. The way it shakes out now is the Fire (16-10-5, 53 points) are still locked in a tie for second with New York. The Red Bulls host Chicago on Saturday, (3:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network) and a loss to RBNY coupled with a D.C. United win over Toronto, Saturday (1 p.m., MLS Live) drops the Fire to fourth in the playoff race.

The Fire take full responsibility for this one with center back Arne Friedrich saying flat out his club simply "forgot how to defend."

If you want to revel in the win like we are the full match highlights are here.

Moving on…

Today is the last day of season ticket renewals and “reDooping” (yes, that is our ingenious marketing term for re-upping your season tickets) is vital to the club’s success in 2013. Also, our month long  "The U thank U" campaign rolls on with some pretty cool events around this Saturday’s match against the Revs.

For all the events of the week log onto www.philadelphiaunion.com, scroll down to the fans section and click “The U thank U” tab for more info.

Also one more day to submit a new name for the “The Union Daily;” the person with the best moniker wins a Union prize pack. Thanks to all of you that have made it hard for us to pick a winner.

In other soccer news…

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho told CNN that soccer needs to adopt the time out feature that we have in American sports. According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Mourinho believes time outs would actually improve soccer. Of course, this is coming from a boss alleged to have had a runner passing notes to his assistant coach while serving a one-match ban during the club’s 2010 UEFA Champions League campaign, so…

TV Guide recently added an MLS section to its website you can access here.

Every team has its own page on the site that features their Twitter and a “watchlist button.” If you create a watchlist, messages you post sync with Facebook and Twitter. So for instance, if you click on “Share My Watchlist” and the Twitter icon, you’ll get what looks like a Facebook interface. Your message, however, will go on both.

It’s pretty cool and something to check out; you know when you aren’t immersed in the other eight gazillion technological advances out there.

Until tomorrow…

Contact Kerith Gabriel at kgabriel@philadelphiaunion.com. Follow Kerith on Twitter @sprtswtr.

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