Philadelphia Union II FC is a young team in the United Soccer League. Founded in 2015, this team kicked off with its inaugural season in 2016. Philadelphia Union II FC plays their home games at Goodman Stadium on the Lehigh University campus.
The team is an official affiliate of the MLS’s Philadelphia Union, though the Union was adamant that this new club should have its own identity. In an online fan vote, the respondents overwhelmingly chose Philadelphia Union II FC for the name over several others. The new team’s logo and crest pulled elements from the parent organization, using the Union’s snake element, while having that snake wrap around the I-beam, the symbol of steel, in the center. The team is part of the Eastern Conference of the USL.
Philadelphia Union II FC trains at the practice fields in Chester, PA, next to where the Philadelphia Union plays their home games.
While the team is new and the players are young, all of the players have years of experience—whether in youth leagues, college teams or other professional and semi-professional organizations. Some have played in international leagues.
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United Soccer League
The United Soccer League, formerly called USL Pro, is the third step of the professional soccer structure, under Major League Soccer and the North American Soccer League. It is focused on professional development of players and teams within the hierarchical system in the United States and Canada. It started in 2011.
Philadelphia Union II FC plays their home games at Goodman Stadium on the Lehigh University campus, where the university’s Mountain Hawks football team plays their home games each fall. The stadium seats 16,000 fans. Concession stands are located on both sides of the stadium, protected from any inclement weather. Large bathrooms are located on both sides of the stadium as well.
The stadium is not far from I-78. Parking is available on the campus in the nearby Stabler Arena lot.
Locally, there are many options for dining before or after games, either in Hellertown, which is immediately adjacent to the Lehigh University Campus, or in Bethlehem proper, just a few miles to the north. Check out the Sands Hotel and Casino, as well, for other things to do when in the area.
The Union's rattlesnake logo alludes to the "Join or Die" political cartoon that was created by Benjamin Franklin. It was featured in the 1754 Pennsylvania Gazette. The red beam in the middle of the crest is a tribute to Philadelphia Union II F.C.’s original logo.
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