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Earnie Stewart’s Union Legacy is What, Exactly?

Kevin Kinkead - August 1, 2018

It’s funny how most people who leave the Philadelphia Union organization go on to bigger and better things. A pair of public relations folks ended up with the LA Galaxy and Atlanta United. A third works for Adidas. Nick Sakiewicz became commissioner of the National Lacrosse League and Taylor Twellman steered his color commentary job into an international ESPN gig.

Sporting Director Earnie Stewart is the latest to hit the upgrade button, turning his two-and-a-half seasons into a national role as the very first General Manager of U.S. Soccer. I don’t know exactly what the job entails, since it’s brand new, but Earnie is a former USA international who appeared 101 times for his country and went on to have success navigating the transfer market and promoting homegrown athletes in player-personnel roles with Dutch clubs NAC Breda and AZ Alkmaar.

I’m confident he’ll do a good job with the USMNT, hopefully better than what he did in Philadelphia, because his tenure here was average, at best.

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Running Thread: 2018 Business of Sports Panel

Kevin Kinkead - July 26, 2018

Kyle is doing a panel this morning as part of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Business of Sports” conference in Center City. There are actually four total panels and his goes off last, so I figured I’d come down here for the other panels and put together a running thread with some of the more interesting notes from the event.

It started at 7:45 a.m. with a “teams” panel featuring the following folks:

Philadelphia Eagles: Don Smolenski, President
Philadelphia 76ers: Lara Price, COO
Philadelphia Flyers: Shawn Tilger, COO
Philadelphia Phillies: Dave Buck, Executive Vice President
Philadelphia Union: Tim McDermott, Chief Business Officer

Notes:

One of the first things that jumped out was a question to Buck, who was asked why Phillies attendance seems to be down. We are, after all, talking about a first place club that just took 2 of 3 games from the Dodgers. Buck explained that season ticket numbers are not what they used to be, currently around 9,500 STH vs. numbers that eclipsed 20,000 during the height of the Chase Utley and Ryan Howard era.

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When to Cheer for An Opposing Player

Kevin Kinkead - July 23, 2018

When Chase Utley heads to the plate during what may be his final series at Citizens Bank Park this week, I hope Phillies fans give him a lengthy standing ovation, then proceed to boo the ever-living shit out of him.

I think that’s always been the blueprint for beloved former athletes. We show our respect for what those players did in Philadelphia, then shift gears to remind them that they’re now wearing the wrong colors and playing for the wrong team. The stakes are higher as two first-place clubs meet on the diamond, and the meaning is amplified since Utley is retiring at the end of the season, so I’d expect heightened senses and louder volume tonight.

Chase is a competitor, so I can see him as a guy who would appreciate and understand that kind of treatment. After all, he saw it on display for many years, enjoying the wonderful home field advantage that Phillies fans provided at CBP and oftentimes also at Nationals Park and Citi Field. The savvy fan respects the past while understanding the present.

So I think Utley’s situation is very cut and dry.

I’m more interested to see how Manny Machado is received tonight, a guy who was the subject of incessant Philly trade rumors, but ended up in Los Angeles instead.

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Enter a Draft Kings Fantasy Soccer Contest for Free

JoyOnBroad - July 9, 2018

Tuesday marks the start of the world’s largest soccer tournament’s semifinals with an excellent match between France and Belgium leading off two days of final-worthy matchups. Our friends at Draft Kings are offering Crossing Broad readers a free entry (for first-time depositors) to a one-day, six-player tournament contest:

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Time for C.J. Sapong to Sit on the Bench

Kevin Kinkead - July 9, 2018

C.J. Sapong has been through a lot with the Philadelphia Union.

We’re talking about a guy who, during his debut season in 2015, broke his face, suffered two concussions, and was suspended for three games due to DUI charges that he ultimately beat in court. He’s been asked to run at the top of Jim Curtin’s 4-2-3-1 formation as the lone striker, thanklessly battling two center backs by himself as he tries to hold the ball up, bring teammates into the play, and win fouls. If you’re talking about auxiliary target man qualities that can’t be measured statistically, C.J. has always excelled in a Union shirt.

Where he doesn’t excel is in the areas that can be measured, the metrics most important to the forward position: goals and assists. He’ll roll key passes for his teammates but just isn’t seeing enough of the ball, nor is he taking his chances when they do come. He’s missed at least five sitters and a penalty this season. He will not and cannot turn and face, dribble a defender, and create his own shot. In basketball terms, he’s a catch and shoot guy with a loose handle who can’t get to the rim.

And that’s absolutely killing the Union right now, because the rest of the team is playing rather well. Union fans are watching Sapong, a guy who scored a career-high 16 goals last season, go through a drought where he’s bagged just two goals and one assist through 1,290 minutes and 18 games, which is now beyond the mid-point of the regular season. He’s making $500,000 this season and is the sixth-highest paid player on the team, behind Borek Dockal, Alejandro Bedoya, David Accam, Jay Simpson, and Haris Medunjanin.

Simpson can’t sniff the field and and will go down as the worst signing of the Earnie Stewart era. Accam, the prized offseason acquisition from Chicago, was bumped to the bench after looking like he forgot how to play soccer coming off a 14 goal and 8 assist 2017. He’s contributed a whopping 0 goals and 0 assists for Philadelphia this season.

Sapong, Simpson, and Accam have put up these combined numbers:

35 combined games for three guys who are putting up one goal per 1,098 minutes and 1 assist per 2,196 minutes.

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Crossing Broadcast: Philly Sports Media Issues and Baseball’s Attendance Problem

JoyOnBroad - July 9, 2018

Kyle and Russ talk about WIP and the Fanatic’s Fultz/Simmons outrage, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s lack of direction, the need for a local 30-for-30, how MLB is hurting the sport on social media, eSports vs. MLB age, where baseball ranks with young fans, attendance, and apparel.

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Crossing Broadcast: The Bullpen and Trade Market, The Yips, Radio Wars

JoyOnBroad - June 25, 2018

With Kyle on vacation, Russ is joined by Crossing Broad Phillies writer Bob Wankel. Listen as they break down another late collapse by the Phillies’ bullpen, potential trade targets, Markelle Fultz’ trainer admitting he had the yips, whether or not to care about the Eagles’ mini camps, Radio Wars, and the World Cup.

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Attend Sebastian Le Toux’s Ring of Honor Induction with Ticket IQ

JoyOnBroad - June 21, 2018

This Saturday, Philadelphia Union legend Sebastian Le Toux will be the inaugural inductee into the Union’s new Ring of Honor at Talen Energy Stadium. Our friends at Ticket IQ can get you out to Saturday’s 5 PM match against the Vancouver Whitecaps at the lowest price.

If you’re looking to get rowdy, you can stand with the Sons of Ben in the River end for $30 per ticket. When I say stand, I mean stand. As a member of the Sons of Ben myself, I can attest to the incredibly unique atmosphere that standing and singing with a supporters section can bring.

Perhaps you’re interested in a more family-friendly location. No problem. Directly across from the Sons of Ben is the TruMark Financial Club. You can snag tickets in the sections below for $30 apiece or take in the game from the Club level for $101 each. I’ve experienced the TruMark Financial Club once, and it’s a great view.

If you’re looking for tickets near the center of the pitch, Section 107 has three seats at midfield for $101 each. If you’ve never been to a Union game before, now is the perfect time to go. Fans and casual attendees often speak glowingly about the amazing view from every seat in Talen Energy Stadium.

Let our friends at Ticket IQ get you out to Saturday’s game and induction ceremony for Sebastian Le Toux.