We hope you are reading this as you settle in for your weekend respite. A lot of good stuff to get through both on and off the field, so let’s get right into it…
The team trained Friday at PPL Park for roughly an hour in preparation for Saturday’s tilt against the Houston Dynamo (7 p.m., purchase tickets), going through light reps and final tweaks before the final match of a three-game in eight day stretch, highlighted by Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup finale.
However prior to training, defender Ethan White received a “shout out” on the Fox 29 “Good Day Philadelphia” show from its adorable female anchor Alex Holley. White and Holley met Thursday evening during the "Feastival" celebration at Penns Landing.
Long story short, images of the two were shown on Good Day with apparently White vowing to wear Holley’s name on his chest during Saturday’s match.
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) September 19, 2014
To which Holley later replied:
— Alex Holley (@AlexHolleyFOX29) September 19, 2014
We’ll see if Mr. White is a man of his word on Saturday. Moving on…
At Thursday's FIFA 15 video game launch party in New York City, it was U.S. men’s national team captain Clint Dempsey who stole the show with dropped his new rap song “Hot Fire,” but Philly was still represented well by Union midfielder Maurice Edu. Edu was a hit at the party as well, hobnobbing with fans, taking pics and taking in what as a whole was a massive day for Major League Soccer as a new logo highlighted the innovative #MLSNext campaign.
Speaking of Edu, our video team here thought he was so good the first time around that we present Mic'd Up II with Mo:
Just as good as the first one, if not better. Watch it here:
Pair of congratulations is in order for two Union players; the first is for Union forward Aaron Wheeler who will tie the knot with longtime girlfriend, Ashli on Sunday. Also, Brian Carroll has hit the 300 mark for number of starts in MLS. Carroll ranks third on the list of active players only behind Los Angeles Galaxy great Landon Donovan (307) and Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman (318).
Stuff you should read this weekend…
On philadelphiaunion.com check out this sit down with CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz. Also, Andy Jasner has you covered with this Match Preview of Saturday’s Houston match. The guys over at Philly Soccer Page have this fan testimonial on the experience that was Tuesday’s Open Cup final….and finally, www.MLSSoccer.com writer Dave Zeitlin gets this from Jim Curtin on just how good Vincent Nogueira was in that final.
All good stuff; enjoy your weekend and for many of you Saturday’s game.
We’ll be back on Monday.
Contact Union digital editor Kerith Gabriel at email@example.com