JVR Visits PPL Park Again, Gets a Union Custom Jersey

JVR Visits PPL Park Again, Gets a Union Custom Jersey

On Saturday night, I'll be at PPL Park for the third time in 11 days. Pretty standard stuff for your average Philadelphia Union fan. But the park got a return visit from a more notable fan yesterday, when Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk came to kick it around with Danny Califf for awhile.

The U had a custom 21 van Riemsdyk jersey waiting for him, as well as a sweet pair of Adidas Predators. Not a bad PR move for the Union either, as we all found out about it via JVR's twitter acknowledging their hospitality.

Video from the visit below.

Kinda wish he wore the Union jersey out there rather than the Mike Richards-approved Roger Federer T...

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Joel Embiid is truly awful... at karaoke

Joel Embiid is truly awful... at karaoke

The talent that Joel Embiid possesses is frightening at times. The man shows off incredible skills on the basketball court and in a body that is gigantic.

Brett Brown called him "Shaquille with soccer feet."

It's true.

But that doesn't mean he is skilled in all areas of life as well. Take singing for instance.

Someone captured the Instagram story that Joel shared of himself singing at karaoke over the weekend.

Rouuuuuuugh, Joel. Rough.

We're just glad Joel is letting off some steam before the lazer-focus of the season is needed. It all starts Wednesday against OKC.

*beware an F bomb or two*