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Union eliminated from Open Cup but 5 ex-Philly players enjoy wild tourney upsets

Union eliminated from Open Cup but 5 ex-Philly players enjoy wild tourney upsets

The Philadelphia Union ran out of U.S. Open Cup magic on Wednesday night, falling to the New York Red Bulls in a shootout after scoring a late equalizer and creating all sorts of chances in extra time.

But five former Union players enjoyed a magical night of their own, leading lower-division teams Miami FC and FC Cincinnati to Open Cup upsets (or Cupsets, if you will) over MLS sides that drew national attention.

The Cincinnati win was the coolest of the night as ex-Union guys Austin Berry, Jimmy McLaughlin and Corben Bone played in front of over 30,000 people (seriously) and knocked off one of the top teams in MLS — the Chicago Fire — thanks to a ridiculous shootout performance from goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt.


Afterwards, there were some great videos people took from the crowd and on the field, including this one with McLaughlin showing off his celebration skills right in front of the camera.


Meanwhile over in Miami, it was former Union starters Michael Lahoud and Gabe Farfan helping the NASL team set up a US Open Cup quarterfinal matchup vs. USL’s FC Cincinnati thanks to a last-gasp 3-2 win over Atlanta United.


It probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that a couple of lower-division teams prevailed in the Round of 16, especially when you consider many of the players have MLS experience. Just look at Lahoud and Farfan, who both enjoyed some great moments in Philly.

But the fact that Miami and Cincy will play each other in the next round ensures a non-MLS team will make it to the semifinals for the first time since 2011. And to find the last time a non-MLS team won the historic tournament (open to all American clubs, professional and amateur), you have to go all the way back to 1999.

So it’s definitely a fun story, made better by the fact that Cincinnati played in front of a the second biggest crowd in Open Cup history as it seeks MLS expansion. (Miami also may get an MLS team soon but some guy named Beckham is involved in that.)

And it certainly adds an interesting chapter to what’s been a fun tournament filled with wild moments, as the Union know well. It’s too bad the Union are no longer a part of this year’s tourney but fans can still root for some old Philly guys looking for more Open Cup glory.

Asked about LeBron James after Sixers game, Kyrie Irving says @*#^*!#%&*

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Asked about LeBron James after Sixers game, Kyrie Irving says @*#^*!#%&*

Apparently, Kyrie Irving doesn't want to talk about LeBron James.

After the Celtics' win over the Sixers on Friday, a fan asked Irving, "Where's LeBron?"

Irving's response ... NSFW ...

WARNING: The video contains offensive language. But if that kind of thing doesn't bother you, you can watch it here.

Irving was asked about the incident by reporters Saturday.

So what he's basically saying is "sorry, not sorry."

With the video circulating on social media, expect Irving to hear from the league.

Joel Embiid expects 90 percent of his tweets to go viral

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Joel Embiid expects 90 percent of his tweets to go viral

One of the things that I love about Joel Embiid is the fact that it seems like every day we find another reason to love him even more.

Today's entry comes from a profile in GQ magazine in which he talks about plenty of things. But it was one of the first things he was asked about his Twitter account that had me rolling once again.

How do you find out if one of [your tweet] has gone viral, then?

Joel: I think 90 percent of them [will be viral]. That’s the expectation.

Amazing. The thing is, I don't know if he's giving himself enough credit. ONLY 90%????

Oh, and he subscribes to the Jah Rule school of thought: WHO CARES?

"Then I had so much time, too, because I missed that whole year and the second year after, so I didn’t have anything to do," Embiid said. "[I’d] just go on social media and converse with fans, make crazy jokes, and tweet crazy stuff because I don’t care. I say whatever I want to."

His critique of other players' boring Twitter accounts is also incredibly on point:

What do you mean some guys are always tweeting the same thing?

Joel: Bullshit like, “Game Day!” “It’s a great game.” I don’t know. They’re all the same. It’s boring.

Amen.

The whole Q&A is worth any Sixers fan's time just to get to know a little more about Jojo. Be happy he's ours. And pray he stays healthy so he can take his game on the court to the same level as his game off of it.