Philadelphia Union Schedule
The Philadelphia Union are concluding their sixth season in the MLS and have quickly
established themselves as a force to reckoned with in the Eastern Conference. They currently sit in seventh place in the conference
with a few games remaining on the schedule that could greatly improve their positioning for the playoffs. Soccer has seen
a big rise in popularity following the World Cup this past summer and this season has been one of the most highly attended
yet for the MLS. Soccer still has a long way to go in North America before it reaches the level of popularity it enjoys in
the rest of the world but it is certainly making major strides in the area. The passion of the Philadelphia Union's fan base
is unmatched in the rest of the MLS and being there at PPL Park when the Union takes the field is an experience you will never
The Philadelphia Union are currently battling for a playoff spot and sit just behind Toronto FC while trying
to fend off the Houston Dynamo and the Chicago Fire. The Union have two more home games at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania
before the end of the regular season, the first of which which will be against the Columbus Crew on Saturday, October 11th
with kickoff slated for :00 PM. The Columbus Crew are just a few spots ahead of the Union in the Eastern Conference standings
and a win against them could give the Union some serious momentum as they head into the playoffs. The last home game of the
regular season is on October 18th against Sporting Kansas City and is a great way to celebrate the terrific season the Union
have had and to give them a big send off as they get ready to embark on their quest to bring home their first MLS Cup. StubHub
is the place to go for tickets to this game as well as every big Philadelphia Union game.
Just as in other sports leagues where Philadelphia has a rivalry with teams from Washington, D.C. and New
York, the Union's main rivals are the New York Red Bulls and DC United. The Union have also had some intense matches against
the Seattle Sounders and have developed a bit of a cross-country rivalry with them.
are few events as exciting as seeing one top notch soccer team compete at home against another. The players in the MLS have
grown up playing the sport that they love and are out there s much to advance the popularity of the sport in the United States.
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and gives birth to the most fervent and dedicated fans. One step into PPL Park
when the Philadelphia Union are playing and you will understand what all of the fuss is about. Unrelenting action, otherworldly
footwork, stunning slide tackles, and mind blowing, acrobatic saves by goalkeepers will have you seeing exactly why soccer
is referred to as "the beautiful game." You will be chanting and singing along and barely even need to use your seat, as move
after move will have you jumping up and cheering for the home team. By the time the referee blows the final whistle you will
be anxiously awaiting the next opportunity to attend a Philadelphia Union game and will find yourself an MLS and soccer fan
Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer
The Philadelphia Union play in the MLS, or Major League
Soccer, which is the premiere soccer league in the United States and Canada and is also a member of CONCACAF. Nineteen teams
in the league compete during the regular season which begins each March hoping to earn a spot in the postseason. Each team
plays thirty four regular season games with the regular season champion being awarded the Supporters' Shield. The top ten
teams advance to the playoffs with the last two teams playing in the MLS Cup in December. The first season of the MLS was
in 1996 with ten charter members of which the Columbus Crew was one. Plans for establishing the league began as far back as
1988 when U.S. Soccer made an agreement with FIFA to have plans to get a Division I professional soccer league in place in
order to be allowed to host the 1994 World Cup. The league is granted a spot for three American teams in the CONCACAF Champions
League while another team has the chance to qualify via the U.S. Open Cup. Year after year MLS gains more fans and it stands
as one of the five major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
name Union is a reference to the original thirteen colonies' union of which Philadelphia served as the first capital.