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Ally Week, a celebration of straight allies who stand up for the LGBT community, wraps up tomorrow with Spirit Day.
Today we get thoughts from Philadelphia Union defender and US U-23 team member Amobi Okugo:
I’m an ally because I support the cause and like what this group is doing to raise awareness in the sports community. One of my best friend’s brothers is gay and he dealt with that by hiding his personality just to fit in with the soccer team he played on. I know how hard it was for him so when I saw this chance, I said ‘why not’. . . .An ally to me means that I should set an example and practice what I preach in terms of treating everyone the same way.
Portland and Seattle added one Soccer Ally each over the last few days, and today and tomorrow we reach the top of the heap: the two teams with the most allies on the list before we start recruiting as part of this May push.
The first of the two is the Philadelphia Union.
Chronologically, new trade Mike Lahoud became considered an ally last year when he did a NOH8 Campaign photo shoot. Amobi Okugo was the first to sign on via twitter in January, with Gabe Farfan and Zac MacMath joining in February, and Carlos Valdes and Krystian Witkowski joining in March. Thank you all!
But Philadelphia has a very deep Twitter roster and lots of opportunity to add even more. Who will be next? Will one of the teams like Philadelphia with the most allies continue in that spot when all is said and done? Ask the players below to be a #soccerally as we wrap up MLS recruitment this week.
We learned a number of lessons today:
- We got another history lesson with “Harkes on History” courtesy of The Other 87′s Tuesday Ten.
- We got a math lesson from our ally Amobi Okugo who discussed balancing his continuing college education with his soccer career with USSoccer.com.
- We got an architecture lesson from KCKRS who brings us some photos from inside the construction of Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium.
- Finally, we get a crash course in cuteness from Jay DeMerit who Tweeted a picture of himself and fellow Whitecap Joe Cannon doing some muscle recovery together:
Friday night, a bunch of friends and I climbed in a car and headed up to FC Dallas Park in Frisco, TX to watch the US U-23 squad take on the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL.
It was a great opportunity to watch them play up close, with some good goals and saves in the 3-0 win.
It was also a great opportunity to give an in person thank-you to our ally Amobi Okugo, someone who we’re very proud is part of the future of American soccer.
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