Is it harder to be a fan of a perennially losing team, or a perennially winning team?
I am not from Philadelphia. I grew up in the Pittsburgh area and now live in Brooklyn, NY. My blood runs Black and Blue and Gold for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Union. Having grown up in Pittsburgh, I have been a fan of many winning teams over the years, with the exception of the Pirates who only lately have gotten their act together.
The Philadelphia Union are officially fun to watch. Even in this game when the stats were almost all against Philadelphia, it still never felt like New York City FC would get back into the game. The Union's finishing gave the fans plenty to celebrate.
The results of this week's fan vote are in, and we have our first repeat winner who is not named Andre Blake.
The fans chose CJ Sapong as this week's MVP for his work on the second Union goal and overall work up top against NYCFC. In a very tight race, however, Chris Pontius took the overall rating when compiling the four scores out there on the superweb.
The Swiss midfielder was instrumental in the Philadelphia Union's victory over New York City FC.
Philadelphia Union midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta has been named to Major League Soccer's Team of the Week for Week 8. The Swiss midfielder had an assist and was instrumental in Philadelphia's 2-0 win over rivals New York City FC on Saturday, propelling the blue and gold into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Despite ugliness with New York City FC supporters, the Union aren't moving away support.
I was able to ask Mike Scanlon, the General Manager of Talen Energy Stadium, some questions via email regarding the incident between several New York City FC and Philadelphia Union fans where bottles were thrown and people escorted from the stadium.