Marco Fabian Comes to Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Union made their biggest-ever signing on Friday, and the club didn’t waste any time introducing their new playmaker to the fans.

The Union already had a fan event planned for Friday: A marketing event to advertise their new “Inspired kit” celebrating their 10th season. It took place in the Wharf Office Building next to Talen Energy Stadium in Chester.

The event was well attended with hundreds of fans there. While the were there to peruse and buy new jerseys, the media in attendance were there for a different reason: the introduction of the Union’s new Mexican number 10, Marco Fabian.

The Union were eager to show off their new prize, but there were jerseys to sell, so a few other players were introduced first to show off the kit. Sean Brace of Fox 29 Sports was there as the MC.

The first player introduced was another recent signing: Brazilian striker Sergio Santos. However, Santos doesn’t speak English, so he was quickly followed by left back Matt Real, who functioned as translator.

Matt Real translates for Sergio Santos

Next to appear was Mark McKenzie and then Auston Trusty, both fresh out of the U.S. Men’s National Team annual January camp.

Mark McKenzie discussing his experience with Gregg Berhalter

Auston Trusty introduced to the crowd

Each of the players expressed their love for the new jerseys. I must admit I like them too. I always felt that the Bimbo logo, with its red lettering on a white background, clashed with the blue and gold colors of the Union’s main kit. The “inspired kit” gets away that by ditching the blue and gold, and changing the letters of the Bimbo logo from red to dark blue.

After the merchandising sales job was over, it was time to introduce the man of the hour. But the fans still had to wait, as Union Technical Director Chris Albright came out to thank those involved in the signing process. Then Albright had the honor of introducing Fabian:

Fabian spoke to the crowd, showing a pretty good command of English. The Union fans certainly liked what he had to say:

This signing raises the expectations from the club this year. Anything less than earning a home playoff match would be considered a failed season. Hopefully this will make the Union a fun team to watch, and turn around the trend of low attendance at TES.

(All photos: Michael Dempsey)

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