August 10, 2016 |
FOR SOME reason, when Carson Wentz mentioned Monday that a "number of people" from his home state of North Dakota would be at the Linc for his NFL preseason debut against Tampa Bay, that scene from "Hoosiers" - where a caravan of cars and school buses filled with Hickory Husker fans making the long drive to Indianapolis for the climactic state championship battle against the South Bend Central Bears - started running through my head. I'm guessing Carson won't have quite that many friends and family in attendance.
August 9, 2016 |
If, like me, you think Chris Martin and his band, Coldplay, outlived their usefulness roughly five albums ago, you would have felt like the odd man out in an adoring capacity crowd of 69,000-and-change diehard Coldplay enthusiasts Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field. It turns out that Coldplay's maudlin grandiosity still puts behinds in seats, a lot of behinds. Riding the razor-thin line between crowd-pleasing showmanship and shameless pandering right down the middle, Coldplay opened its show at the Linc with its trademark overwrought spectacle, the rockets' red glare of fireworks arching over the stadium as a strobe-flashed blizzard of confetti rained down on the ecstatic crowd.
August 2, 2016 |
If you did not know any better, the scene at Lincoln Financial Field would have looked pretty awesome Sunday. The thick early-morning storm clouds gave way to bright sunshine and the Eagles' fight song blared over the sound system as the team opened its first public practice of the Doug Pederson era. "It was pretty cool," rookie quarterback Carson Wentz declared after his first workout on his new home field. "Coming out here, everyone's yelling. For a practice, it's pretty sweet to see the support and see everyone out here.
June 17, 2016 |
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann summed it up best. "This is a huge statement to teams in South America or whoever watches it on TV," Klinsmann said. At the time, of course, he was referring to the U.S. men's national team 1-0 victory over Paraguay on Saturday. But his comment could easily have applied to any of the three Copa America Centenario group stage games played under the Lincoln Financial Field lights over the last week. Each game made a statement and did so inside a football stadium that usually holds 69,000 rowdy Eagles fans on autumn Sundays.
June 16, 2016 |
The creative brilliance of Chile was on clear display Tuesday night, and the relentless pressure paved the way to a Copa America Centerario quarterfinal berth. Needing just a tie to advance to the knockout round, Chile went one step better with a 4-2 win over Panama in the Group D finale for both teams before 20,432 at Lincoln Financial Field. Alexis Sanchez, who competes for Arsenal, and Eduardo Vargas, who plays for Hoffenheim, Germany, each scored two goals for the winners.
June 13, 2016 |
Jurgen Klinsmann vowed that his United States team wouldn't play for a tie against Paraguay, even though that would have been enough to advance to the Copa America Centenario knockout round. The U.S. coach was true to his word in the first half but saw his team back on its heels while playing a man down for most of the second half. Still, the United States was able to prevail during a spirited, 1-0 win over Paraguay on Saturday night before 51,041 at Lincoln Financial Field. Realistically needing just a tie to advance, the United States played a man down after 22-year-old defender DeAndre Yedlin received yellow cards in the 47th and 48th minutes, both for unsportsmanlike behavior.
June 10, 2016 |
Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez spoke bluntly Wednesday about the health of star striker Luis Suarez, who has been recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered last month. "He still hasn't finished his rehab," Tabarez said through an interpreter, "and until that happens he won't be used on the team. " Tabarez said he wanted the Barcelona standout to be healthy for World Cup qualifiers. Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel said he had anticipated Suarez would play, but either way, the game would be a challenge.
June 9, 2016 |
Luis Suarez joked around with teammates at the beginning of Uruguay's training session late Tuesday afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania and moved freely and fluidly. While the 15 minutes open to reporters before the true training began wasn't much, Uruguay fans looked for any positive news about the Barcelona star. Seeing Suarez move well, albeit in short bursts, could be the first step in the good news department. The speculation will continue as to whether Suarez will play in Uruguay's second Copa America Group C game, 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Lincoln Financial Field against Venezuela.
May 31, 2016 |
As the game clock neared zero, Tufts attack John Uppgren fired the tying shot toward the net. Colin Reymann snatched it, the buzzer sounded, and his teammates sprinted toward the Salisbury goalie in celebration. "I'm not sure who had the ball. It happened so fast. . . . I just kept my hands high," said Reymann, who was named the game's most outstanding player. "Next thing I knew, it was in my stick. " As Salisbury celebrated a 14-13 victory, its first title since 2012, Tufts walked off the field quietly, having been denied its third straight NCAA Division III championship Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
May 29, 2016 |
As a Philadelphia sports fan, Henry Blynn couldn't help himself. He had to take a moment to look around Lincoln Financial Field and think about the Eagles who played there. The Brown attack and Haverford School grad joked that he considered crawling out of the tunnel Brian Dawkins-style before team practice Friday morning. Blynn is one of more than a dozen local players back home in the Philadelphia area this weekend to compete in the Division I men's lacrosse semifinals and championship.