Marco Fabián mentioned the NBA in his introductory press conference, went to his first Sixers game a couple days after arriving in Philadelphia and on Saturday night celebrated his first goal from open play with a basketball-inspired celebration.
Fabián started the goal-scoring play off with a wonderful ball ahead to David Accam in space, who cut a pass back to him for a left-footed strike in the box that FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Spencer Richey had no chance to stop.
The 29-year-old then grabbed a ball and bounced it toward the corner where captain Alejandro Bedoya held out his arms to make a basketball hoop for him to slam the ball.
Hey @sixers, what you think about my boy @MarcoFabian_10 slam dunk celebration!?— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) March 31, 2019
Disregard his Mexican version of the Euro step. #MarchMadness #NBA #Philly @PhilaUnion pic.twitter.com/ASGzd4urSf
It was his second goal of the season and his first from open play after converting a penalty kick in the season opener against Toronto FC. He missed the last two games serving a suspension after being sent off in the second game of the season against Sporting Kansas City.
When asked about the celebration post-game on the PHL17 broadcast, Fabián said he hoped it would be motivation for the Sixers.
Fabian first visited the Sixers and swapped jerseys with the newly acquired Tobias Harris on February 10 and then returned with Fafa Picault to ring the bell at a Sixers game on March 5.