There are five reasons (at least five) to cheer on the Philadelphia Union as preseason is set to get under way in less than two weeks. For serious fans like the Sons of Ben they like to doop or in common terms doop. Listed below are five reasons to cheer, or doop, on the Union, and they are in no particular order.
1. The first game of 2013 is at home
It is the first time in franchise history that the Union will start a season at home. For the Sons of Ben, they are extremely excited to be able to doop in the River End on March 2.
2. John Hackworth is team manager at the beginning of the season
The days of Peter Nowak under the helm are long gone. If Hackworth’s short time as team manager last year, than 2013 should be just as exciting and thrilling as the end of the 2012 campaign. Lots of thrilling moments, lots of goals, and lots of fun seem to be in store for Union fans.
3. The Union now has a veteran presence and experience
2012 was filled with moments where young players, such as Jack McInerney and Antoine Hoppenot, had to step up. The Union now has arguably one of the best defenders in the league in Jeff Parke. Parke will fill in nice to the center back position that young and not as experienced had to play last year. If that’s not enough, the return of Sebastien Le Toux and acquisition of Conor Casey provide some much needed experience up front. Yes, McInerney did well last year, but at times he showed his lack of experience.
4. The goals should come in 2013
Last year the Union lacked the stats in the goal column. It wasn’t towards the second half and towards the end of the season that the goals came. With what looks to be Le Toux starting, and Casey and McInerney finding playing time up front, the goals and accurate finishing should come. This should give Union fans ample time to doop after every score.
5. Le Toux is back in town
It hurt the Sons of Ben last year when Nowak traded away fan favorite after fan favorite. The news of Le Toux coming back to town for soccer reasons (not just PR reasons) provided an opportunity to doop again. It is nice seeing Le Toux back in a Union jersey, and not a rivals jersey. Also don’t worry Le Toux will contribute to the Union’s success this year.