You retired last spring with an announcement on Twitter. How did it feel when you hit “send”?
It was tough. It was a long time coming. I think it was the right time, but it’s always hard to walk away.
Our very own Scenester, HughE Dillon, informs us that the below photo, taken last night at Feastival, is the only one you’ll find online of just-traded Philadelphia Union goalie Chris Konopka and his lady friend, Philly socialite Maria Papadakis.
According to reports, Kononpka is headed to Toronto FC. He tweeted his thanks to the Union this morning. No word on what this means for the romantically linked pair, or if Konopka will have to relinquish his Sexy Single-dom.
— Chris Konopka (@ChrisKonopka414) September 13, 2013
Whether or not it would be worth watching a documentary about the middling Philadelphia Union, I don’t know. But there is one in the works about their rabid 2,500-member fan club that seems promising. The documentary is in part a success story about the Sons’ success in bringing a team to Philly, and in part an exploration of their relationship with downtrodden Chester, where many were apprehensive about plunking down a stadium. And a fair amount of insane crowd behavior, one would hope.
The filmmaker is still getting the project funded, and hopes to release the full version in 2014. I can think of a group of people that might be able to help with that.
In June, the Philadelphia Union parted ways with manager Peter Nowak. Now, Nowak is suing the team for wrongful termination and unpaid severance money. The suit alleges that the club is obligated to continue to pay Nowak because he was under contract through 2015, but that the payments from the Union have stopped. [Philly.com]
Over the years, my life in the big city has turned me into a latte-sipping, pinko-yuppie hipster. But there is one thing I share with mainstream America, and that is my disdain for soccer. Who wants to see a bunch of 0-0 games with very little action but plenty of whining and crying? Read more »
Let’s go Union. Philadelphia’s pro soccer team plays in its first playoff game ever regular season final tonight. Brauhaus Schmitz is excited and is offering discounted German lagers and hefeweizen.
The Philadelphia Union has inked a sponsorship deal with mega baker Bimbo. The four year, $12 million deal will put the Bimbo brand on the front of the team’s jerseys. The Bimbo name may draw snickers, but the company, whose US headquarters is located in Horsham, is no joke. 2010 will see the U.S. arm make close to $6 billion. Bimbo also owns the well-known Boboli, Entenmann’s,Â Stroehmann and Thomas’ English muffins brands. Most recently the company purchased Sarah Lee’s North American Fresh Bakery business for $959 million.
Bimbo Bakeries US [Official Site]
Union soccer team wins sponsorship from Bimbo Bakery [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Philadelphia Union’s Jersey Sponsors… Bimbo Bakeries [The 700 Level]