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Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia Union Logo

Founded

2008

Joined MLS League

2010

Nicknames

Zolos

Stadium

Union Field at Chester Chester, Pennsylvania (Capacity: 18,500)

Owners

Keystone Sports & Entertainment, LLC

Head Coach

Piotr Nowak

2009 Season

DNQ

The Philadelphia Union is a soccer team that plays for Major league Soccer(MLS). They were founded in 2008, they played their first game on March 25 against the Seattle Sounders, they lost the game 2-0. The Union are currently 2-7-1 on the season.


History Edit

In 2007, the Sons of Ben supporter group formed and began advocating for Major League Soccer to award Philadelphia an expansion team. They are credited with convincing the league that the area already had an established fanbase for soccer.

Major League Soccer added Philadelphia as its sixteenth team on February 28, 2008. The finalization of the club is the result of a $47 million package approved by Delaware County politicians and Pennsylvania governor, Ed Rendell, that includes the cost of PPL Park and a major urban renewal project. Keystone Sports & Entertainment's plan for Chester was initiated in late 2006, soon after the New Jersey legislature terminated an earlier proposal for a soccer-specific stadium at Rowan University.

On May 11, 2009, the Philadelphia Union's name was officially announced during a ceremony held at Philadelphia City Hall. This name alludes to the Union of the Thirteen Colonies, of which Philadelphia was the first capital. The team's name was chosen following a fan poll held between January 19, 2009 and February 6, 2009. The other three options were AC Philadelphia, SC Philadelphia, and Philadelphia City. Before the Union moniker, the Sons of Ben nicknamed the team as the "Zolos." At a "Meet-the-Owners" event held two days before the expansion press conference in Chester, they wore nametags with handwritten numbers intended to read "2010." The number was mistakenly interpreted as "ZOLO" by ownership group member, Nick Sakiewicz. This led to the Philadelphia Union being referred to as the "Zolos" in a series of inside jokes by the group.

The Union came to an agreement in December 2009 with the Reading Rage youth soccer organization for it to become the team's official minor league affiliate in the USL Premier Development League. The Rage team was re-branded as Reading United A.C., with a new logo and colors for the 2010 PDL season. In the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, the Union selected forward Danny Mwanga from Oregon State University as the number one pick, as well as sixth and seventh picks Amobi Okugo from UCLA and Jack McInerney from the U.S. U-17 National Team in the first round. In March 2010, the Union signed an affiliation agreement with the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division.

Current Roster Edit

GK-Brad Knighton

GK-Chris Seitz

DF-Danny Califf

DF-Jordan Harvey

DF-David Myrie

DF-Shavar Thomas

MF-Andrew Jascobson

MF-Stefani Miglioranzi

MF-Shea Salinas

MF-Nick Zimmerman

FW-Sebastien Le Toux

FW-Alejandro Moreno

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