Lionel Messi Game Exposed Some Philadelphia Union “Loyalists”
Unfortunately for the Philadelphia Union, the biggest showcase moment of their franchise’s life to gain “casual” fan traction ended in an absolute dumpster fire. The energy wasn’t their creation. It was all about Lionel Messi.
The Union failed to capitalize on the energy and excitement of an event that fell into their laps. So many things were awful last night. The worst part: no Philadelphia franchise needed to succeed in their chance on center stage more than the fifth-most popular franchise in town.
The crowd seemed no better than 60/40 Union loyalists. Whatever the true percentage of fans, it was a shame that “loyalists” felt it was time to cash in before the biggest game in Chester’s Subaru Park history.
Others chose to go “fanboy” for Messi instead of supporting the home team. Expect to hear these excuses:
I can’t pass on the chance to sell my tickets for that profit!
This same fan will lecture you if you dare comment in a negative fashion when the Union struggles. They have all their Union gear and continually tell you they are “5 for 5” in Philadelphia sports!
Then, when they hold tickets to the biggest event ever in their stadium, they head to StubHub to cash in and let Messi fans hold their seats. Before I get another lecture about how many games they can go to in the future with that cash, take a lap.
You passed on a lifetime moment, so your “loyalty” is at least questionable. I’m sure “your team” appreciated it. Oh, if you claim it’s because of financial hardship, you don’t need to be buying season tickets to a sports team in the first place. Dave Ramsey has books that can help you with that.
The “Big Lionel Messi Fans” from the Main Line
They might say, “I’m a huge Union fan, but how many times do I get to see a player like Lionel Messi in Delco?”
You can “see him” without rooting against the home team. You’re not required to dress up in his kit and even fake an accent like Johnny Depp or Madonna. You can watch a great player, enjoy that moment, and still hope he loses. That’s the issue: you wanted him to win.
What can't he do?! 🐐— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 15, 2023
Make it NINE goals in six games for Leo Messi. pic.twitter.com/HLf3zBFTmV
This happens all the time in Philly. Give me a break!
You’ll hear that many Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holders do the same thing for the Dallas Cowboys game or for huge home playoff games. So, what’s the difference? Nobody has ever seen Lincoln Financial Field taken over for a hugely meaningful game. It doesn’t happen.
You’re going to need waders to make your way through the excuses for why that happened last night. I’m not even discussing the domination by Miami. I’m talking about the “loyal fan” who either turned their back on the Union or decided to show up to worship Messi instead. They probably hang that jersey next to their Lakers and Yankees gear. Loyalty is unfortunately transactional.