The Philadelphia Union will host the Sporting KC tomorrow night at home kick off 7 pm. Both teams will be battling it out in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final. The festivities will kick off much earlier with fans tailgating, along with a list of other activities announced here Philadelphia Union. For those of us who can not make it, for fear of being seen on the Stadium Jumbo-tron the game will be airing on ESPN2.
So, why did I choose that particular photo of Jim Curtin as my featured image? I see a man with big decisions, and some heavy thoughts running through his mind. On Sunday September 27th, I typed the following comment on the Philadelphia Union Fan Discussion Facebook page. “It’s in Curtin’s hands, he chooses the team. We support the team, and at the end of the day. It’s Curtin’s job on the line.” O.k that last thought, well according to Dave Zeitlin of MLS.com his job may not be “on the line.” It seems for better or worst the Union ownership has put its faith in Coach Curtin. Speaking of faith, I asked the readers of the Philly soccer page to put their faith in Jim Curtin in a Fan’s view posting back in November of 2014. In that article I also asked for fans to have some patience while Jim Curtin goes through the growing pains of learning how to Manage an MLS team.
Well the good news is Coach Curtin learned a valuable lesson from last years missed opportunity and decided to rest most of the starting “11” during last Saturday’s match. The few regulars that were in the game only saw about 45.’ Two of the Union players, took advantage of the opportunity given to them in N.E. André Blake and Fernando Aristeguieta displayed some of their special talents and gave Coach Curtin more to ponder. Fernando scored in the 65′ (assist given to Creavale) this leveled the game 1-1. Shortly after “Nando’s” goal the André Blake show began. The Union hunkered down while trying to steal a point from the game. André Blake Athletically sometimes aerobically Saved shot after shot with a grand total of 10 team record-setting saves. Here is the kicker, John McCarthy the other available Union Goal keeper tended the Net as the Union climbed through the rounds leading up to this final game. Who would you place between the post? I know which keeper would be defending my net, but I am just a fan. As a fan I must have faith in Coach Curtin’s Decision. As a Fan I must have faith in the team to find a way to succeed in this match. As a Fan it’s my job to Support this team from kick off to the final whistle. Now the bad news Coach Peter Vermes also decided to rest Sporting KC’s starting “11” in their match against the Seattle Sounders. With both teams rested and a trophy on the line. We should expect an incredible nail-biting, stand on your feet, hold your breath and I can’t look away Grand finale to the Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup tournament.