The two athletes had known for weeks that they'd be playing in their respective games at the same time, and that they'd be finishing at close to the same time. They celebrated thousands of miles apart from each other.
The Union didn't have any picks in Friday's first two rounds of Major League Soccer's SuperDraft, and were fine with that. They did have some picks in Sunday's third and fourth rounds, and decided to use them.
Mallory Pugh scored twice and Julie Ertz scored what proved to be the game-winner on the same night her husband Zach helped the Eagles go to the Super Bowl.
On a day when Major League Soccer welcomed prospects from across the world to its draft, the Union were thrilled to welcome prospects from their own backyard.
"For me to be able to go home and most likely finish my career in New Jersey, it's something special to me," Lloyd told the Inquirer and Daily News.
The Union finally made the kind of big move they've promised all winter, acquiring a 27-year-old winger with speed and finishing skill.
Speaking at a forum at the United Soccer Coaches convention, Arena detailed some of the issues that led to the 2-1 defeat to last-place Trinidad and Tobago and marked the end of seven consecutive appearances by the U.S. program at the sport's biggest competition.
Lloyd is coming home to New Jersey to play for Sky Blue FC, whose home stadium is at Rutgers, Lloyd's alma mater.
It wouldn't be surprising if Real is the Union's starting left back on opening day.
In recent months, people close to the bid have grown increasingly concerned about their chances as public opinion around the world has turned against the U.S. government.
As MLS teams' academies come of age, the number of quality players available in the draft has dropped.
The Jamaican goalkeeper has agreed to a new deal, tying his fate to Philadelphia for some time to come.
Haris Medunjanin's life story is unlike any other the Union locker room has seen. Indeed, it is rare even by the standards of international soccer globetrotting.