Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin joined the John Kincade Show for “Open House Week” on Tuesday. Other than discussing the upcoming MLS season, Jim came with an announcement. The Philadelphia Union and 97.5 the Fanatic have entered a partnership to broadcast all Union games for the upcoming season.
Games can be heard in 3 different forms. On the air, on the website, or on the 97.5 The Fanatic app. If there is a conflict (like a Sixers or Flyers game) then the Union games can be heard on the app with an easy-to-find Union feature that makes it easier than ever to hear the action.
The Union is looking to hoist the MLS Cup for the first time in club history. They came up short last season in heartbreaking fashion but that just makes them that much hungrier to win it this year. The Union has won the Supporters Shield, which is given to the team with the best record in the league, but now they just need the Cup. Hopefully, the Union will be hoisting it this year and bring Philly its first championship since the Eagles Super Bowl run in 2018.
Make sure to download the Fanatic app so you have all of the action at your fingertips for this upcoming season.
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11 Philadelphia Athletes With Complicated Legacies
National media members never fail to rile up the local fan base when they criticize the treatment of Donovan McNabb and other star Philadelphia athletes. The brutal, unforgiving attitude in the City of Brotherly Love constantly draws criticism from outsiders.
However, most simply don’t understand that the relentless passion of the best fan base in sports includes a unique level of accountability for their athletes in good times and bad.
Philadelphia Athletes and Passionate Fans
Star players experience the highest of highs when local teams reach the pinnacle of their sports. Just ask Jason Kelce and Nick Foles about fan reactions after the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII.
Some players bring a hard-nosed attitude that appeals to fans in pretty much all circumstances. Chase Utley and Brian Dawkins built a reputation for the constant hustle and intangible skills that helped their teams throughout their respective careers.
This is the same city that glorified the Broad Street Bullies in the 1970s and Macho Row in 1993. The attitude has persisted into the new generation.
The age-old cliché of the “blue collar” fans who bring their lunch to work in a pail has important roots. No matter how overstated it’s become, it’ll always have some influence on the way people react to situations in Philadelphia sports.
Throughout the history of Philadelphia sports, incredible passion has led to complicated relationships between fans and star athletes.
People still want to see more anger and strong will from Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Questions about Aaron Nola’s ability to perform in the clutch have crept their way into conversations throughout his career with the Phillies.
Some former players, like Mike Schmidt, have seen the big picture after retirement. Others still have the same reputation among the fan base regardless of the benefit of hindsight.
All of them still have complicated legacies in the city of Philadelphia.