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Philadelphia Union spring training: The fan experience

PSP photographer Earl Gardner presents his look at the fan experience during last weekend’s Fan Weekend in Orlando which included the club playing Montreal and Toronto and an open training session and picnic with the team on Sunday.

Photo By Earl GardnerRachel Wilkins is all decked out in her best Union gear to meet the team.

Photo By Earl GardnerSebastien Le Toux signs a jersey for a young fan.

Photo By Earl GardnerDanny Cruz reunites with some supporters from his previous club.

Photo By Earl GardnerThe Union faithful got to meet Jeff Parke for the first time.

Photo By Earl GardnerThe Klemmer family poses with Michael Farfan.

Photo By Earl GardnerBakary Soumare signs for a fan.

Photo By Earl GardnerJack McInerney shares some laughs with a member of SKC’s staff.

Photo By Earl GardnerAssistant Coach Brendan Burke greets the fans at the open practice.

Photo By Earl GardnerBurke answers question about the new Reserve League.

Photo By Earl GardnerConor Casey stretches out while others warm up on the field.

Photo By Earl GardnerAmobi Okugo gets his yoga on.

Photo By Earl GardnerChris Konopka flies though the air with the greatest of ease.

Photo By Earl GardnerZac MacMath warms up with some saves.

Photo By Earl GardnerParke gets ready to run some drills.

Photo By Earl GardnerReal Madrid Academy product Jordi Vidal passes the ball.

Photo By Earl GardnerJohn Hackworth gives directions to the players.

Photo By Earl GardnerChandler Hoffman looks for a cross as coach Jim Curtin jumps in on defense.

Photo By Earl GardnerThe fans look on as the players do some 6v6.

Photo By Earl GardnerRay Gaddis doing work.

Photo By Earl GardnerThe youngest member of the coaching staff, Larson Hackworth, helps out.

Photo By Earl GardnerShaun Francis charges after the ball.

Photo By Earl GardnerBakary Soumare works the ball.

Photo By Earl GardnerKids had fun playing 4v4 in an inflatable pitch.

Photo By Earl GardnerJimmy McLaughlin rips a shot at goal.

Photo By Earl GardnerSheanon Williams fights off Leonardo Fernades.

Photo By Earl GardnerNick Sakiewicz & Deltona Mayor John C. Masiarczyk, Sr. greet the fans at the BBQ.

Photo By Earl GardnerRob Vartughian has some laughs over lunch.

Photo By Earl GardnerCasey signs a young lady’s shirt.

Photo By Earl GardnerHackworth poses with a fan.

Photo By Earl GardnerJimmy puts his name on the dotted line.

Photo By Earl GardnerShenanigans… Featuring Jarfan & Garfan.

Photo By Earl GardnerRoger and his new friend.

Photo By Earl GardnerAnother great spring training experience comes to a close.

For additional photos please check out Earl Gardner’s Flickr page.


  1. Great job Earl. This photo essay pretty much convinced me to go next year.

  2. Andrew 'Calm' Down says:

    Roger Torres <3

  3. These photos are awesome…again cool to put names to faces. Thanks Earl

  4. Am really motivated to do this next year. Thanks for the inspiring photographs!

    • I agree. Especially with Easter and my kids’ spring break falling much later next year, a few days down in Florida in February is more realistic…

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