Apparently all it took was the presence of Kevin Durant to get the Philadelphia Union their biggest win of the season.
The NBA legend, who holds an ownership stake in the Union, was at Subaru Park Wednesday night to see Philadelphia defeat New York City FC, 1-0.
Durant greeted fans outside the stadium, including the Sons of Ben.
And then he met with Union head coach Jim Curtin before the match.
“You want to impress your owners any time they’re in the building. There’s a little bit extra – Jay Sugarman is here, Richie Leibovitch, Richie Graham, Kevin Durant, who just maybe happens to be the best basketball player on the planet. Yeah, you want to play better for them, for sure,” Curtin said after the match. “He’s a great person, first and foremost, a great owner and he really has been involved in making a point of talking to all of our guys before the game and wishing them luck. It adds a little something extra when the best basketball player on the planet is in the building. Sorry, LeBron.”
Durant can be excused for not being around Subaru Park more this summer. He was busy winning a gold medal – his third – at the Tokyo Olympics, scoring 29 points in the 87-82 win over France.
The Brooklyn Nets star purchased a five percent ownership stake in the Union in June 2020.