Video: Antoine Hoppenot Bangs In a Missed PK, Does a Little Jig, Union Lose Anyway

Video: Antoine Hoppenot Bangs In a Missed PK, Does a Little Jig, Union Lose Anyway

Antoine Hoppenot played his role as second half sub to perfection on Wednesday night for the Philadelphia Union, banging a goal home off of a missed penalty kick to even things up at 1-1 against Sporting KC. The Union would later give up the game winner and fall 2-1, but Hoppenot took advantage of his celebratory moment by doing a nice little jig of sorts.

For a full recap of the Union's loss to Sporting KC click here. The U put an end to their season this Saturday at PPL Park against the Red Bulls.

Eagles OTA storylines: Jeffery in uniform, rotations, awkwardness

Eagles OTA storylines: Jeffery in uniform, rotations, awkwardness

The Eagles will finally be playing football this week. Sort of. 

Tuesday morning marks the beginning of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), the first time most of the 2017 Eagles will be on the field together. 

While OTAs are technically voluntary, the Eagles — and every other team — will have near-perfect attendance. For the Birds, that will include Brandon Graham, who was reportedly set to holdout, but rejoined the team just a few days after leaving (see story)

The Eagles will have a few rounds of OTAs (May 23-25, May 30-June 1, June 5-6, 8-9) leading up to the mandatory minicamp in mid-June. The mandatory minicamp runs from June 12-15. After that, the team is off until training camp. 

Thanks to the CBA, there are strict rules for what teams are allowed to do during OTAs. Players wear helmets but aren't allowed to wear pads, which means no contact. Also no 1-on-1 drills, but 11 on 11s are allowed. So there's at least some competition. 

Annual yearly warning: Be wary the stories of greatness from players in shorts in May. 

Last year, there were a ton of juicy storylines with a new coaching staff, a No. 2 pick quarterback and the Sam Bradford drama. By comparison, this year is boring, but the Eagles never lack drama. 

Here's what to watch this year: 

A new No. 17 
The Eagles' biggest free agent acquisition will be on the team for his first full-team practice. Alshon Jeffery is the type of receiver the Eagles desperately needed. He'll immediately become Carson Wentz's No. 1 weapon this season. 

So Tuesday will offer a first look at Jeffery and the other new pickups, including Torrey Smith, Timmy Jernigan and LeGarrette Blount. 

During rookie minicamp a couple weeks ago, third-rounder Rasul Douglas said he was looking forward to lining up across from Jeffery this week. He'll finally get his chance. 

Carson in Year 2
This time last year, Wentz was the Eagles' third-string quarterback, preparing for a redshirt rookie season. 

Now, he's the not just the starter but the young leader of the team and the face of the franchise. While he was already seemingly in command of the huddle as a rookie, expect him to continue to grow into his leadership role. Sometimes these things just take time. But he is already one of the unquestioned leaders of the team. 

Also, we'll see if there's any notable difference in his mechanics after working out with QB guru Adam Dedeaux this offseason. The main thing they worked on was footwork. We'll see if it helps limit the amount of throws Wentz sails — perhaps his biggest issue as a rookie. 

The rotations
We won't be able to learn a heckuva a lot from watching practices because football isn't meant to be played in shirts and no pads, but we will at least get to see who lines up with who. 

Because 11 on 11s are allowed, we'll get a glimpse of what the first, second and third teams look like. Will Allen Barbre start off as the first-team left guard? Who is the starting defensive end opposite Brandon Graham and on which side? Is LeGarrette Blount ready to run with the ones? 

Kelce and Kendricks
Jason Kelce and Mychal Kendricks are still on the roster after plenty of speculation this offseason that they'll be gone. And there's still a chance one or both could be traded. 

To their credit, both have been very professional throughout this process and both have been at the facility this spring. It's a part of the business, but it has to be a little weird to show up to work every day knowing you might be dealt. 

Hopefully, they'll make themselves available to answer a few questions. 

While Sidney Jones is still recovering from his Achilles tear, even if he wasn't, he wouldn't be allowed at the facility this week. Jones and his college teammate Elijah Qualls went to the University of Washington, which operates on a quarters system. 

It's a stupid rule, but the NFL doesn't allow players who went to schools on quarters systems to be in voluntary camps until they graduate. That might not seem like a huge deal, but for a guy like Qualls, who has a chance to fight for a roster spot, the time missed could be devastating. 

Last offseason, two undrafted tackles had a chance to make the team — Destiny Vaeao and Aziz Shittu — but only one did. During this time last year, Vaeao was on the field showing his potential, while Shittu was back in Stanford. Vaeao made the team and was a contributor, while Shittu was stuck on the practice squad. 

Are we there yet? Philly Sports talk examines the state of our teams


Are we there yet? Philly Sports talk examines the state of our teams

All week on Philly Sports Talk on CSN, we examine how our teams got to this point and where they are in the rebuilding process. 

First up on Monday, a look at the Eagles: 

Things seemed to be going fairly well. After all, the Eagles hired Chip Kelly before the 2013 season and in his first two years, the former Oregon head coach won 20 games. 

But the power structure within the organization clearly wasn't working. The working relationship between Howie Roseman and Kelly had reached an impasse. Kelly wanted a "football guy" in charge of personnel. And that "football guy" ended up being himself. 

Roseman was "promoted," while Kelly, a coach who had never been in the NFL until 2013, was handed the keys to an entire franchise after just two years in the league. Chip Kelly the coach was OK. Chip Kelly the GM was a disaster. 

After the shakeup, Jeff Lurie said the decision was to "maximize Chip Kelly's vision." But after firing him, Lurie gave another reason why the decision was made. 

“I think it was a necessary way to go to find out if Chip was the right guy,” Lurie said in March of 2016. “Let him be responsible for all the decisions that he wanted to inject and make. No question I have that it was the right way to dissect if Chip was going to be the right guy going forward or not. We dissected it and decided with all of the great things he brought, he wasn’t the right person going forward. And it was helpful for him to be accountable for those decisions so we could move on in a great way.”

After Kelly was fired, Roseman regained power just a year after it being stripped away. But as Lurie revealed this spring, Roseman's re-ascension into power came on one condition: Roseman needed to beef up the personnel department. He did that when he hired Joe Douglas and Andy Weidl in May of 2016. 

But before that happened, Roseman pulled off a major move, one that changed the face of the franchise. He moved up from 13 to 8 to 2 to draft Carson Wentz. 

We still don't know if Wentz will grow into a Hall of Fame quarterback, but he's the main piece of the puzzle the way the Eagles see it. If they truly have found that franchise quarterback, then they have the hardest part figured out. 

Now, the entire franchise is based on building around that franchise quarterback. Because Wentz will be relatively cheap for his rookie contract, the time to strike is might be now, before he commands $20 million-plus in salary cap room. 

So the Eagles are rebuilding for the future ... and for this year. Well, now, how the heck is that possible? 

Just take a look at what they've done this offseason, bringing in multiple players to one-year deals: Alshon Jeffery, Timmy Jernigan, LeGarrette Blount, etc. The thinking here is probably that these moves allow the Eagles to be competitive in 2017 but ultimately give them flexibility after the season. 

They might win nine or 10 games this year, but ultimately, the goal is to be a 12- or 13-game winner and earn a bye week in the playoffs. 

The Eagles are rebuilding, but it shouldn't take as long as some other sports to know if this process is going to work.

— Dave Zangaro