Weekly Philadelphia Union presser analysis: Week 3, Orlando


A rather unconventional press conference came from Jim Curtin on Thursday, as the Union practiced at the YSC Academy instead of their home fields due to snow. The conference was short, sweet and to the point. Here’s our Philadelphia Union presser analysis: Week 3, Orlando.

Curtin was asked about Union players ahead of their match away at Orlando City. When asked about Derrick Jones’ rise and impact for the Union this season, Curtin talked about how Jones is a kid who never gives up. Curtin also credited the work Bedoya and Medunjanin do to help Derrick thrive. Jones is a ball winner. Bedoya’s pressing, and Medunjanin staying at home defensively allow Derrick to thrive in his position. On the impact Jones has on his D-mid partner here’s some cool input from Kevin Kinkead and the KYW Philly Soccer Show.

Another question was asked about Jay Simpson. The new striker scored his first goal for the Union in the last match, and was also subbed off in the first 25 minutes. Simpson injured his ribs in the game, and ended up being rushed to the hospital after throwing up some blood in the locker room after being subbed off. When asked about him today, Curtin said that Simpson suffered a bruised lung, and hasn’t practiced this week. It seems that he will likely miss this weeks game in Orlando. However, Curtin mentioned that this is not a long-term injury, its day-to-day. So the Englishman may even feature this weekend somehow. Theres no doubt this newcomer is Philly tough.

When asked about Ilsinho’s injury that has kept him out the first two weeks, Curtin gave some encouraging news. The crafty Brazilian is back to full strength! How much will he feature in Orlando? it seems that Curtin are comfortable with Herbers’ performance over the first two matches. I’d assume You’ll see Herbers to start and Ilsinho late in the match!

Curtin ended his press conference on a lighter note. He was asked if his alma mater Villanova would repeat as NCAA Division 1 Basketball champions. His response? “Of course!”

Curtin and the team head down to Orlando where the Union will face a Orlando team without their captain Kaka. Be on the look out for a preview of the match later from Philly Sports Network. Until then, peace out Union fans.


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