Despite temperatures hovering around the 100 degree mark at 9pm, Philly’s answer to CARMAGEDDON (I-76), and Ticketmaster’s outrageous surcharge 57,305 people were on hand to watch the Philadelphia Union take on Real Madrid at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night.
The first 11 minutes were absolutely brutal. The Philadelphia Union made two HUGE mistakes. They looked more like the back four of 2010.. and less like the back four of 2011. When you make a HUGE mistake against one of the World’s premiere teams you pay for it. In the 12th minute the U found themselves down 2-nil.
The shock of being 2-nil down in a matter of minutes seemed to provide the slap in the face the UNION needed to get themselves together. The 19th saw Carlos Ruiz spring Sebastien Le Toux with a beautiful through ball, but it seems someone has placed a curse on our favorite Frenchman. The result was Iker Casillas pulling off a seemingly impossible save to deny number 9.
Once again the U seemed to come to life when the younglings took the field in the second half. The team seeemed alot more creative and less star struck. It took until the 80th minute, but Philly managed to cut Real Madrid’s lead in half thanks to a crafty chip from Michael Farfan a.k.a Marfan.
In the closing minutes it looked like it would only be a matter of time until the Union equalized the match and sent the game to penalty kicks. Sadly despite valiant efforts from Roger Torres and Jack McInerney the boys in BLUE couldn’t find an equalizer.
In the end I was very proud of the Philadelphoa Union. They went out and held their ground against Real Madrid. I know it was only a Friendly, but it went along way in showing how much the MLS has grown as a league.
The low point of the night for me was not the action on the field, but a few of the fans in the stands. Some members of the Sons of Ben (Not Capos) took it upon themselves to come up with some racist chants towards Hispanics… Why? I don’t know. The chants “Hey Ronaldo Suck On My Balls” is a bit childish, but meant in good fun and directed at an athlete on the field. The chant “Hey You Go Mow My Lawn” directed at Real Madrid fans in the stands was just flat out racist. Rule Number One in the Sons of Ben Code of Conduct is…
We say some pretty uncomplimentary things about the other team and occasionally the referee. (Okay, usually the referee.) What we don’t do is base those comments on their skin color, their last name or the country they (or their parents or grandparents) were born in. Sons of Ben have a zero tolerance policy for racist chants, songs, or taunts. Start one and you’re out.
The Philadelphia Union are a team of multiple races and ethnicities… We are currently represented by athletes from… Brazil, Colombia, Congo, France, Guatemala, Ivory Coast, Serbia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Sons of Ben are one of the GREATEST supporters groups in the World. Let’s keep it that way and educate the people standing with us.
A Long Sheanon Williams Throw In
Danny Califf Almost DOOPs On Real Madrid
Carlos Ruiz Offsides… Again
Free Kick Amounts To Nothing
Ruiz Sends A Free Kick Over The Bar
Cristiano Ronaldo Free Kick Goes Into The Wall
Michael Farfan DOOPs On Real Madrid
We DOOP On Real Madrid
Philadelphia Union v. Real Madrid – Highlights
DIARY OF AN MLS CONVERT – PREVIEW
The Union have taken on Everton and Real Madrid this week, so no MLS news per se, but still coverage to watch and games to report on for ME the SamBob. So here I am and you can find it all on Major League Soccer UK when Diary of a Major League Soccer Convert gets its airing midweek.
This week a chat, talk and peruse the mid-season friendlies the Union have been playing in, and they’ve grown somewhat in my opinion. While not wholly necessary, they are great exposure for the club and MLS in general. Unless you’re the Sounders, and get rolled over 7-0. Just saying.
I hope you all enjoy this week’s article as much as I like writing them. I’m proud, honoured and privileged for the few words I get on this website per week. For that I thank you, and I thank Jeffrey Mitchell.
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