The Philadelphia Union is a professional American soccer club situated in Chester, Pennsylvania. The club competes in the Major League Soccer (MLS) and plays their home games at the PPL Park, situated on the banks of the Delaware River.
Back in the year 1996, Philadelphia was not originally included in the MLS expansions when the Major League Soccer (MLS) was kicked off the city at that time. After a few years, the urge to bring soccer back in Philadelphia was observed when a circle of investors tried to bring one MLS expansion franchise to the city of Trenton, New Jersey.
The franchise was said to have a $31 million budget for the construction of the soccer-specific stadium to be placed across the Sun National Bank Center, but was cut after the New York Red Bulls held the right to block any franchise in Trenton, New Jersey.
In the year 2006, some plans were made regarding the construction of the 20,000-seat stadium to be placed in the campus of Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. The plans were finally placed into actions when the Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine decided to fund the stadium with $100 million. Also, the stadium would be the home venue of both an MLS expansion franchise and the University’s football club.
After some time, the advocacy for the Major League Soccer (MLS) to pursue an expansion franchise in Philadelphia was supported by a group named “Sons of Ben”. The group had brought the most sighted factors in convincing the league, which included the reason that Philadelphia had already established a large soccer fan base in several areas around the city.
On February 28, 2008, the Major League Soccer (MLS) added Philadelphia as the 16th club and was approved by the Delware County politician and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. Along with Rendell’s approval was a $47 million package that was already inclusive of the PPL Park expenses.
The club’s inaugural season was played against the Seattle Sounders FC on March 10, 2010 with a losing record of 2-0. The Union’s first game was held at the Qwest Field (now the CenturyLink Field) situated in Seattle, Washington, United States. The following game, the Philadelphia Union had their first home goal against the D.C United with a winning record of 3-2, which was scored by Sebastian Le Toux. The winning game was held at the Lincoln Financial Field with a 12,000 sold out ticket packages, dated April 10, 2010.
In 2011, the Philadelphia Union picked three players in the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft, among the three recruits, Zac MacMath was the most notable, who was placed as the fifth overall draft pick of the team. During the same year, the club obtained the Bimbo Bakeries USA as their major shirt sponsor.
The team’s colors are gold and navy blue, which also represents the primary colors of the Continental Army’s uniforms at the time of the American Revolutionary War. In addition, the Union’s home jersey color is midnight blue with a gold strip and a blue piping in the flag of Philadelphia.
Last November 26, 2014, the Philadelphia Union aired to the public that Milton, DE based Dogfish Head Brewery would be their new and official beer sponsor.