The Philadelphia Union held an event at Xfinity Live! last night where they unveiled their new third kits in front of a packed house with upwards of 1,200 fans in attendance. The new look pays tribute to our areas soccer history, with patches honoring Bethlehem Steel FC, a soccer team that was in existence from 1911-1930.
The folks over at Philly Soccer Page did a real nice job looking back at the history of Bethlehem Steel FC and why the Union chose them to honor. It's worth a read if you're interested in that sort of thing.
The Union also have some great insight into all that went into the jerseys, including quotes from Adidas product designer Mike Walker.
knew it was time for a third jersey for Philadelphia when we started
this and where we come in from a design side whenever we are looking at
thirds, is we like to step outside the box a little bit,” Walker said.
“[The Bethlehem Steel] were five-time winners of the U.S. Open Cup
(1915, 1916, 1918, 1919, 1926) and there is some great, great history
there not to mention probably the most popular team in Open Cup history.
We didn’t just want to do a straight Bethlehem Steel jersey though
because after all, it’s going to be the Philadelphia Union playing in
it, so then it kind of evolved into the idea that there are all these
teams in Philadelphia area, ones that laid the groundwork to get the
Union to where they are today – they are the foundation.”
Aside from unveiling the new uniforms, the event also featured every Union player. Pretty good pep rally to get fans pumped for Saturday's season opener.
Pick up a new kit here. Or check one out on Saturday at PPL.
Temple head coach Geoff Collins on Monday added two new members to his coaching staff.
Keith Gaither will take over as the wide receivers’ coach and Kyle Lane is the new video coordinator.
Gaither comes to Temple with 21 years of coaching experience. He spent last season as Army's wide receivers coach. Prior to that, he spent time with Tusculum College (1998-99), Thomasville City Schools (2000-04), Winston-Salem State (2005-08), Elon (2009-10) and Ball State (2010-14).
Gaither spent his collegiate career at Elon, where he was a four-year starter and voted all-region at defensive end before graduating in 1997. Collins originally had retained Frisman Jackson from the 2016 staff, but Jackson was hired by the Tennessee Titans.
Lane is a Temple alum who spent time with Kansas during the 2016 season as its assistant video coordinator.
The Soul on Monday signed two players from their recent open tryouts, defensive lineman John Sheehy and offensive lineman John King.
Sheehy (6-5, 260), primarily a defensive end at Western Texas A&M, appeared in 13 games with the Buffalos during the 2013 season recording 16.0 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards and 1.5 sacks. He spent his 2014 season and a redshirt because of injury. He returned in the 2015 season posting 25.0 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a total loss of 10 yards and one sack.
“Finding guys like John is what makes hosting these tryouts well worth the effort,” head coach Clint Dolezel said in a statement. “Getting to the quarterback has to be a priority in arena football and I believe John has the skillset to be a great AFL pass rusher.”
King (6-8, 320) started 34 at Buffalo and was the Bulls' starting right tackle his last two seasons.
“With the addition of John to our offensive line, we will be able to continue our success of leading the league in fewest quarterback sacks," Dolezel said. “Each year we produce at least one All-Arena offensive lineman and I believe John has the qualities to reach that caliber.”