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Philadelphia Union

Major League Soccer in the Philadelphia region

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Overview

The Philadelphia Union, the region’s first Major League Soccer club, has been thrilling soccer fans since 2010.

Dedicated fans cheer on the Union at Talen Energy Stadium located in Chester along the scenic banks of the Delaware River.

Opened on June 27, 2010, Talen Energy Stadium is considered the first step in a multi-million dollar riverfront revitalization project in Chester.

The layout of the stadium provides over half of the spectators with views of the Delaware River and the Commodore Barry Bridge.

There is also a special section for the Sons of Ben, who lobbied to bring Philadelphia its first MLS team.

The History

Following a major grassroots effort, including a major push from a supporters association known as the Sons of Ben (founded in 2007), Philadelphia was chosen as the location for Major League Soccer’s 16th team on February 28, 2008. In May 2009, a fan poll officially dubbed the team the “Philadelphia Union.”

Philadelphia was chosen as the location for Major League Soccer’s 16th team on February 28, 2008.

Navy blue and gold were chosen as the Union’s primary colors to represent the Continental Army’s uniforms during the Revolutionary War. The team’s crest features thirteen gold stars, representing the original thirteen Colonies, with a shield derived from the Philadelphia coat of arms.

Prominently featured in the center of the logo is a rattlesnake to honor an early cartoon from founding father Benjamin Franklin.

Food & Drink

Fans surely won’t go hungry when they go to cheer on the Union. Talen Energy Stadium features a full-service restaurant, 30 luxury suites and a wide variety of concessions to keep fans well fed during the game.

Philly favorite Chickie’s & Pete’s operates two locations in the stadium for guests who need their Crab Fries fix, and there are also the requisite cheesesteak, hot dog and pretzel vendors.

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