Open Cup 101
The Union will take on Harrisburg City Islanders on June 14 at Talen Energy Stadium to kickoff their quest for the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The Open Cup is the longest-running national soccer competition in the US. To find out more on the Open Cup, click here. Tickets are on sale now, starting at just $15, but for STM, the match is free. Philadelphia Union Foundation are also accepting donations for the match.
Tour de Fat
Talen Energy Stadium will host Tour de Fat on June 10, a one-of-a-kind event and beer festival. The event will begin at 4 p.m and feature a musical performance from Plain White T’s, circus performers, comedians and many more. For tickets and other information, click here.
Josh Yaro made his 2017 season debut, as he returned from an injury to play in the Union’s away match against NYCFC. Yaro played in the final 19 minutes of the game and replaced Warren Creavalle, who left the match due to injury. The following day, he started as centerback and played 83 minutes for Bethlehem Steel FC in the team’s home match against Ottawa Furry FC.
Back to the States
Derrick Jones and Auston Trusty returned to training this week after competing in the U-20 FIFA World Cup for the U-20 USMNT. Jones appeared and started in three of the four matches, while Trusty appeared in two and scored the Union’s first World Cup goal at any level.
A remarkable season for Blake so far
Andre Blake’s save against Luis Silva in the Union’s 1-0 loss against Real Salt Lake was named the Union's Save of the Month for May. Last season, Blake was named 2016 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, and is doing just as well, if not better this season. With just 14 matches so far, Blake already has five shutouts and is one shy of his single-season career high, set last year.
Nominate your Community MVP
Philadelphia Union, MLS and Wells Fargo are partnering to recognize leaders in the community who use soccer as a way to improve the lives of others. Fans can vote for their Community MVP, and the Union will nominate one member to represent the organization. Nominations will run until June 28, and the winner will receive $25,000 to a charity of their choice. To nominate your player, click here.
CTO search continues
Five finalists remain in the search out of 135 applicants for the Union’s CTO position. This week, Bonedaddys Tattoo and Philadelphia Tattoo Collective have been featured in the search spotlight. Both shops believe they have what it takes to be the Union’s CTO for their experience and love of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Tattoo Collective: