So you’re probably wondering where the Daily Doop has been…
And judging by the emails, we’ve received we know you have.
Well, much like our fans the shock and awe of Saturday night’s loss to the Crew resonated among our staff, so much so that we really didn’t know what to say.
While spirits are still high as players look to end the season on a high note, the idea that we actually had something meaningful to say after Saturday, would’ve been a lie.
When you get punched in the mouth like that it’s hard to speak for a few days, you know?
However, the show goes on as the home finale looms large as Sporting Kansas City is up next this Saturday (7 p.m., purchase tickets) and the first two days of practice have been quite positive with the Union players still jockeying for position as to who will crack the starting XI this weekend.
One thing that doesn’t look likely is the notion that interim manager Jim Curtin will play a lot of reserves in these final two.
When asked that during his weekly press conference Tuesday, Curtin told reporters:
“I’ll always be a guy who will play young players. I’ll play old players. I’ll play the best team. [Sebastien Le Toux] got an ankle injury so there might be a spot that opens up. I’m going to play the best team. It’s not a charity – its pro sports…I’m not just going to give guys games because the season is over. I still believe in playing guys who earn it during the week in practice.”
You could call it “coach speak,” but Curtin doesn’t really do coach speak very well, so…
The players were off Wednesday (except for rookie goalkeeper Andre Blake and Harrisburg City Islanders goalie Brian Sylvestre both who came in for an extra training session today), but two of them were gracious enough to spend their off day giving back to fans via social media. Both midfielders Danny Cruz and Amobi Okugo were active on the Philadelphia Union Twitter and Instagram accounts, with Cruz taking over Instagram showing his day off:
Coffee shop selfie in university city ...about to catch a movie...any suggestions??
And giving a lucky fan a pair of field seats for submitting this awesome photo:
So many great photos thank you all for sending them in! @tyronej146 a lot going on in this pic and I love it ...you are the winner of 2 field seats to this weekends game...we will get in touch with you! #DOOP
Meanwhile Okugo was Day No. 3 deep into his Trivia Week:
— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) October 15, 2014
Both are giving away field seats for this weekend’s match against Sporting Kansas City, so log on, play along and they could pick you. Even if you aren’t picked today, Okugo’s contest runs through Friday, and the prizes include four (4) tickets for Saturday (Thursday’s prize) and a $50 gift card to Tilted Kilt (Friday).
On Wednesday, Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz sat down with CSNPhilly.com on-air personality Marshall Harris for a two-part interview to discuss all things Philadelphia Union past, present and future:
— Kerith Gabriel (@sprtswtr) October 15, 2014
Couple interesting things discussed in the sit down that will air Friday, Oct. 24 (7 p.m. on The Comcast Network; 11:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet):
Sakiewicz says getting bona fide attack minded striker is “number one” offseason priority.
Alludes to the fact that our contingent of goalkeepers “need to get games” under their belt.
And that he knows “the shelf life of Philly fandom” is short and that doing all it takes to get wins and only wins is the main mindset going into offseason preparation.
Now this is cool…
In conjunction with Major League Soccer, Chipotle, a major league sponsor created a series of videos showing behind the scenes at the inaugural Chipotle Homegrown Game during MLS All-Star weekend. Here’s the first post below. You can check out to the entire four part mini-series here.
That’s all for today; we WILL return tomorrow and Friday with our weekend wrap now that the sting is finally gone.
Catch you all tomorrow.
Contact Union digital editor Kerith Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org