Captain America, Medford and a magnet: The story of the Philadelphia Union's Supporters' Shield

Philadelphia Union - Supporters' Shield - Andre Blake raising

When the Philadelphia Union raised the Supporters’ Shield on Decision Day presented by AT&T, you may have noticed that something looked a little off about the trophy.

That’s because the actual shield didn’t arrive in time from Los Angeles (LAFC won in 2019, mind you), so the club had to get creative. Step in the tale of a Captain America shield, a 150-pound force magnet and Philadelphia’s web manager’s fiancee’s sister’s boyfriend. 

Hear from the owner of the shield himself

It’s the ultimate story of “I know a guy who knows a guy,” and there’s something uniquely MLS about it. It even involves Medford, New Jersey, the hometown of homegrown midfielder Brenden Aaronson, who’s joining Red Bull Salzburg via transfer after the 2020 season.

Don’t believe us? Just check out the Twitter thread below from’s Andrew Wiebe for all the details. Oh, and be sure to thank Jeremy.