As our city's Major League Soccer team continues to fall into the abyss, Union fans want a revolution. They need a revolution. So, they've begun a campaign to buy the Union. Yup, they want to buy the soccer team.
[UPDATE: $85 at 7:23 P.M. on 6/30.]
So... we're close.
Full transcription of the interview here. Some quotes from the audio above are below:
On the fan protest May 17th:
"It was ill-thought of. The protest was all sorts of lack of information or whatever you want to call it. Frankly, that kind of stuff is not stuff that I focus on at all, or we focus on here. Everybody knows that. The most important thing to do is support Jim [ and the work that he and Chris [ are doing and when the team is supported."
On the Union's finances:
No, we absolutely have the financial wherewithal, and financial capacity, and we’re doing it in a different way. We have for a long time now, we have said, and will continue to say, that we are investing a lot of money into player development, and player development in local players, and American players. You know, Zach Pfeffer, I think, is a great example of a player that we spent money on, and developed over the last five years, and he’s 20 years old and he’s found his way into our 18 and, in fact, he’s becoming very productive in our starting XI, from time to time. And he’s just a glimpse into the future. So, we have made it well known that we’re not a club that’s going to go out and spend tens of millions of dollars on a Michael Bradley, or a Jozy Altidore, or David Beckham, or a Steven Gerrard, or an older player that’s coming towards the end of his career.
We’re going to take those millions and we’re going to invest them into the Philadelphia region. Into the marketplace here where there’s a lot of very good and bright up-and-coming players. We built an incredible facility in Wayne for our youth academy teams, we’re rolling out another academy team, an Under-12 team next year. We built a school, a high school, where 65 of those players are there. We now have, I think, 16 players in the youth national system, the US youth national system, and some players from other countries’ youth national teams. So, we feel we’re making a lot of progress in that area, and that’s what the Philadelphia Union are committed to in investing."
Well, Kevin Kinkead, who covers MLS and the Union for CBS Philly, thinks the team and its leaders are pretty much sabotaging any chance the team has to grow and flourish.
Kinkead was also on with Jason Davis on Soccer Morning this morning beginning at the 38:30 mark of the audio below.
Davis storified Kinkead's much longer Twitter rant from yesterday, and you can read it after the jump.
No love for the Union anymore.