Sunday Major League Soccer held the first “Decision Day” a marketing term they used to describe the final day of competition throughout the league. Eastern conference teams simultaneously started their games at 5pm. While the Western conference teams kicked off at 7pm. This was a great attempt by MLS to hype up the last weekend of the regular season, as the Supporter’s Shield was on the line and the last two playoff positions were in the balance. If this sounds familiar to you, you maybe a fan of the English Premier League.
The Results: N.Y.R.B won the Supporter’s Shield
Toronto FC claimed the last Eastern conference playoff spot (6) seed.
Montreal Impact claimed the last Western conference playoff spot (6) seed.
Meanwhile at PPL Park the Philadelphia Union took on the Orlando City Sc. At kick off the Orlando side had a very slim chance at making the playoffs. Orlando faced a must win, and a NE. Revs lost. Orlando would also have to overcome a 9 goal differential with the N.E Revs. The Philadelphia Union were able to see the game through with a 1-0 final score. Sebastian Le toux scored on a penalty kick in the 41st minute. Andre Blake earned a shutout with 5 saves.
Today October 26, 2015 was the Philadelphia Union’s Decision Day. In my opinion, the most important decision ever made in the franchises history since it’s creation occurred this morning. Team owner Mr. Jay Sugarman announced former U.S.M.N.T member Earnie Stewart as the 1st Director of Soccer Operations. As stated in the Philadelphia Union’s press release, Mr. Stewart will assume his position with the club on January 1, 2016. Here’s Mr. Stewart’s thoughts on joining the Union as per their press release:
“I am thrilled with the opportunity to come to the Philadelphia Union and help create a winning team which the fans can identify with. I look forward to working with everyone at the Union to establish a clear playing philosophy and use my experience to create a competitive edge in our methods of recruiting and developing players at all levels of the club, from the Academy up through the First Team. From the first moment I spoke with the Union about the direction they wanted to go I was excited about the long term opportunity and my ability to help execute on our shared vision. I would like to thank AZ for giving me the chance to follow my ambition in coming back to the United States and I remain committed to fulfilling my duties here at AZ Alkmaar through the end of the year,” said Stewart. “I will work my hardest to hit the ground running for the Union and be ready for the important decisions the club will make entering the 2016 season.”
Keywords that stand out to me are Philosophy, recruiting and developing players at all levels of the club. I like his reassuring line about being ready to, “hit the ground running for the Union and be ready for the important decisions the club will make entering the 2016 season.” This will be essential as the MLS Superdaft is set to take place during the N.S.C.A.A conference in Baltimore, Maryland January 13-16, 2016. I must be honest the last memory I have of Earnie Stewart Earnie Stewart Highlight