Jack McInerney Taking Teammates' Chicharito Nicknames in Stride

Jack McInerney Taking Teammates' Chicharito Nicknames in Stride

Guest post by Dave Zeitlin

As soon as reporters began to crowd around Philadelphia
Union striker Jack McInerney’s locker in the bowels of creaky RFK Stadium
on Sunday night, the catcalls began.

“Hey, Chicharito!”


“From Golden Boy to Golden Boot!”

As always, McInerney smiled. He’s gotten used to the
relentless barrage from his teammates ever since he was dubbed “The American
Chicharito” on an MLSsoccer.com
because of his similar skill-set (read: ability to poach goals) to Mexican
and Manchester United star Javier
“Chicharito” Hernandez

“It’s probably not going to stop all year,” McInerney said
Wednesday with a laugh.

It probably won’t as long as he keeps doing what Chicharito

Following a two-goal effort against D.C. on Sunday, McInerney
took over sole possession of the MLS Golden Boot race
with six goals in the
Union’s first seven games. That made the 20-year-old McInerney the youngest
player to ever lead the league in goals at any
point in any season, according to Elias.

And then, just for good measure, the rising star took home MLS
Player of the Week honors
on Monday.

What have the past few days been like for the kid?

“I’ve gotten more text messages and tweets these last three
or four days than I’ve ever gotten,” McInerney said. “It’s been a little different.
I’m not going to say I don’t like it. As long as I’m playing well, I’m happy.”

He’s happy enough that he’ll deal with his new nicknames, even
if he has tried to brush off the comparison to the Manchester United striker
Not that his teammates care about that.

“Now they’re talking about putting it on the back of my
jersey,” McInerney laughed.

Jackarito and
Bimbo on the same jersey? Let’s get Adidas on the phone. That could be a big

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.