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Philadelphia Union Games
Philadelphia Union is a professional American soccer team that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). They are based in Chester, Pennsylvania, which is a city in the greater Philadelphia area along the Delaware River. To learn more about this team, keep reading.
In the early 2000s, there was a huge push to bring professional soccer to Philadelphia. One of the largest metropolitan areas in the Union States with a high-performing media market, some thought it was a massive oversight that the city was not included in MLS’s initial set of teams in 1996. After some plans feel through to bring MLS to New Jersey right across the river, Philadelphia became a new target zone. In 2007, a group called Sons of Ben – also known as SoBs – was established. The group consists of thousands of independent soccer lovers who wanted to bring soccer to their city. Their efforts increased interest in soccer throughout the area, making it clear that there was a market. This is an incredible example of people taking action to achieve community goals, because Philadelphia Union was officially founded the very next year in 2008.
By 2010, Philadelphia Union was on the field. In the early days, their home games were at Lincoln Financial Field, which is primarily a football stadium. It opened in 2003 with the intention of hosting Philadelphia Eagles games in the National Football League. To this day, Lincoln Financial Field is an occasional home game spot for Philadelphia Union, but most take place at Subaru Park. Formerly called Talen Energy Stadium and PPL Park, the 18,500-seat structure is devoted purely to soccer.
According to Philadelphia Union, their rivals are Red Bully New York, D.C. United and New York City Football Club. All three teams are geographically close to Philly. Tickets to rival games go fast, whether home or away. Due to close proximity, fans make the trek from city to city to see the rivals battle it out, with hopes of Philadelphia Union pulling through with a win. According to some headlines from Brotherly Game, “It’s a good time to be a Philadelphia Union fan”. They have ranked as runners-up in multiple U.S. Open Cups, though they rarely qualify for MLS Cup Playoffs. 2019 was an exceptionally good year for the team: although they typically rank 7th or 8th, they ranked 3rd in the conference. What’s coming next for Philadelphia Union? Are they on the track towards improvement? To find out, keep up with the team’s matches on screen and in person.