On Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia Union midfielder Fabian Herbers jumped on the club’s Facebook page to answer questions from the fans. In case you missed it, we have a recap of what Herbers discussed!
First Goal Feels
On June 1st, 2016 the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft brought fans in Talen Energy Stadium to their feet with his first career MLS goal. Oddly enough, it came against the very team Philadelphia will be playing this weekend in Columbus Crew SC. For Herbers, he remembers that night very well.
“It was amazing, I was coming in for CJ (Sapong) late in the game and sealed the deal with a 3-1 (lead). In front of our home fans scoring my first goal, Anthony Fontana can probably tell you something about that as well, I had the same moment two years ago and it was amazing.”
Chef Fabian in The Kitchen
Herbers can do more than just find the back of the net on match days. The German has been known to dabble with his dinner making skills and he told the fans what his specialty dish is.
“I’d probably go with pasta, with chicken. I throw some veggies in there, just depends on the day. I’ll have some sauce that I bought out of the can, I’m not trying to get too fancy, but it’s pretty basic. I go with broccoli as my favorite vegetable.”
The Origin of Cheese
Fans who have listened closely around the pitch at Talen Energy Stadium might have heard teammates and staff members call Herbers “Cheese” over the years. That is in fact his nickname around the facility and he explained to us where the name came from.
“It’s a longer story but I’ll make it short. In preseason in Clearwater my rookie year we had cheese sauce for team dinner. I was complaining about it saying how it was super American and I was asking why cheese sauce? Richie Marquez gave me a hard time about every time he would see me he would call me cheese sauce. Then it got shortened to Cheese.”
Favorite Club Growing Up
Growing up in Germany, it should come as no surprise that Herbers idolized the Bundesliga as a child. Herbers' favorite club as a youngster is one that most soccer fans in America are familiar with.
“My favorite club growing up and still is, is Borussia Dortmund. I grew up in that area, and they’re probably the most amazing fans in the world after the Union fans obviously. That stadium is truly amazing; they’re my favorite club in Germany.”
Funny Guy Fabi
Funniest teammate that Fabian Herbers has encountered? The Brazilian of course.
“The funniest guy on the team might be Fabinho. He’s always so funny when he tries to say something in English and messed it up completely or pronounces the words wrong, it’s funny.”
Haris Medunjanin and Laris Medunjanin?
The much-debated Philadelphia Union locker-room ping pong power rankings was discussed by Herbers on Thursday. We all know about Haris Medunjanin, but fans learned about a new player, Laris Medunjanin.
“I’d say I’m second place. Haris (Medunjanin) is probably the first one, Marcus (Epps) and Keegan (Rosenberry) are up there, but I’d say I’m second best. Actually, Haris is the best and his left hand is the second best, we call it “Laris” it beats everybody too. He’s way up there; he’s in a different league.”
Family and Germany
Fabian was asked how often he has the opportunity to go back home and his answer was about what you’d expect from a professional athlete playing across the globe from his homeland.
“I usually go back just once a year, around Christmas time, when we have the offseason. Obviously we have the offseason so it’s good to see family with everyone back home in Germany. I don’t see them for a full year so it’s cool to go back to see everybody and catch up.
Excited to be back
Herbers wasn’t shy in expressing his excitement to get back on the pitch after earning three points in the first match of the season on March 3.
“Well after the bye-week I’m just looking forward to getting out there. Hopefully we can build on the performance against New England and get three points again.”
Herbers had one last message for the fans we wrapped up the session and get close to Saturday.
“I’m looking forward to seeing you guys when we play Columbus; I appreciate the support and let’s get the three points on Saturday.”