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.
With the matchups for Saint Joseph's men's basketball's conference slate already set, the Hawks have now added an old northeast corridor rival to the nonconference portion of their schedule.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Monday afternoon that St. Joe's and St. John's will meet on Dec. 20 during of the seventh annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Providence and Houston will play in the other contest of the two-game event.
“We are honored to be associated with the Basketball Hall of Fame, an organization that promotes all levels of the game," Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli said in a statement released Monday. "We're delighted for our players to have the opportunity to compete against the legendary St. John's program and are looking forward to an old-fashioned Philly vs. New York matchup.”
The two schools have played just once in the past 37 years—when the sides met at Hagan Arena in 2013, the Red Storm pulled out a narrow victory to advance to the second round of the NIT. But December's matchup will be the 58th all-time meeting between the programs.
Saint Joseph's last played at the Mohegan Sun Arena back in the 2015 Hall of Fame Showcase, losing to Florida before knocking off Old Dominion in the consolation game. The Hawks return nearly their entire roster for the 2017-18 season, including all five starters, led by the backcourt duo of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble.
While things in the world of the Phillies are going about as poorly as anyone could have expected, Chase Utley reminded us over the weekend that he is still a bad man at the ripe old age of 38.
Check out this sick diving stop he made over the weekend during the Dodgers game against the Florida Marlins.
Just Chase being Chase.
Oh, and earlier in the weekend Utley is sprinting out of the dugout to get up in people's grills when Giancarlo Stanton even looks in his teammates' direction. Miss that guy. Always.
(Let's just ignore his numbers on the season (.205/.302/.289))