The Union posted what was easily their most entertaining win of the season Sunday night, taking an early lead and then bouncing back from a gut-punch equalizer to beat San Jose, 4-2.
Was it because of Andrew Wenger's two beautiful goals? Nah.
Was it because of the Union debut of goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi? Nope.
It was because of the team's honorary captain, the MVP of Philadelphia sports-Twitter: Sixers' first-round pick Joel Embiid.
Embiid rocked a personalized Union jersey, taking attention away from the boot on his injured foot (watching the 7-foot Embiid stand next to the generously-listed-at-5-foot-8 Danny Cruz was hilarious).
Tune in..... About to play my first professional soccer game with Philadelphia Union. I just got signed pic.twitter.com/djcAr0cdzU— Joel SHMURDA Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) August 24, 2014
Embiid seemed to enjoy his time at PPL Park, and gave an interview to fellow honorary captain Marc Zumoff about his first true love back home in Cameroon: soccer.
While Embiid was hard to miss at PPL Park, the Union provided plenty of entertainment on their own.
Andrew Wenger was lights-out with both of his finishes, a first-half blast on a beautiful turn, and a second-half finesse shot with the outside of his foot that put things away.
Algerian goalkeeper M'Bolhi played decently in his first game with the Union, despite allowing two goals (neither of which he could've done much about). He is incredibly athletic, and now has a week-and-a-half to get some training under his belt and develop chemistry with his defenders.
The Union don't play again until September 3, when they begin a run of critical games, including the September 16 U.S. Open Cup final at PPL Park against Seattle.
Joel Embiid from 76ers. BTW im standing on a flat ground with flats on...... pic.twitter.com/EqT3Nskvyu— FS (@Flaaaviiiaaa) August 25, 2014