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Taylor Twellman Joins the Allies List – High Fives All Around!!!

It’s great; Taylor Twellman has joined the growing list of gay4soccer allies. As a Union fan, I am ecstatic.

Union fans feel a particular kinship with TT, not only was he the Union’s 2011 color commentator, but he also participated in a memorable inside joke with some of the members of the Sons of Ben via Twitter.

Dubbed the ‘Meow Mafia’ (paying homage to a classic scene in the film “Super Troopers”) they challenged TT to say ‘MEOW’ on television…and he did!!  A Philly meme was born. Even Union Midfielder Kyle Nakazawa’s band gave the Meow Mafia a shout-out!

One day I found myself crossing paths with TT after hanging TIFO in The River End before a match. All I could muster was “Have a good day, MEOW!”.  TT laughed and Dellacamera did the ‘gotch-ya’ point!!  Classic!!

Welcome to the Allies List Taylor Twellman, you’re making all of us in Philly proud!!


(TT also wins for best shirt/tie combinations on TV. Yes, better than Shannon Sharpe. Double proud!)

(tailgate photo from Earl Gardner, Philly Soccer Page)


Meet Janine, Our Philadelphia Union Writer…

What can I say, I love soccer. I love match days the way kids love going to Disneyland.  I love the experience, I love the emotion and I love the people, well, most of them.  Yes, my team is the Union, but I am also a Founding Member, Season Ticket Holder, a member of the Sons of Ben and have never missed a home match.  This will be my first attempt at blogging so I am a little nervous, but at least I am writing about something I love and something I live.

I have always enjoyed all kinds of sports. I used to play tons before I messed up my back but I never stopped watching. I love how matches are neutral to the political folly of humans. The players themselves may not be, but there are rules, and they are for everyone. Also, it doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, purple, gay, straight or whatever, the laws of physics are absolute and the player that worked the hardest, with the best genetic makeup, will prevail. Of course there is luck, but luck runs out.

I can be found in The River End, section 138 (‘We Are 138’) with my wonderful girlfriend that I think loves the Union more than me! So I get to enjoy the sport I love with the person I love, life is great!!  DOOP!!

(You can follow Janine on Twitter at @JerseyJ9 – ed.)