Get Ready Philadelphia, There's a MLS Team Coming!

Billy WeltzerContributor IMay 20, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 11: Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, kics a ball into the crowd during a press conference for the Philadelphia Union releasing their name, colors and logo on May 11, 2009 at City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for Philadelphia Union)

On May 11, 2009, Philadelphia was hit with some EPIC news.  The Philadelphia Union was announced as the new MLS team of Philadelphia. 

I personally don't mind soccer, but a MLS team is a very exciting thing. 

Here's the history behind the new team (

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

Major League Soccer added Philadelphia as its 16th 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 Chester Stadium 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, "Philadelphia Union" was officially announced as the team's name during a ceremony held at Philadelphia's 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 Philadelphia Union being referred to as the "Zolos" in a series of inside jokes by the group.

Alright that was a lot, but it's SO AWESOME!

Here's the facts on the stadium: (wikipedia again) Philadelphia Union will play at Chester Stadium, a 18,500-seat soccer-specific stadium located at the southwesterly corner of the Commodore Barry Bridge. The structure was designed by Rossetti Architects and the ICON Venue Group, with the actual construction contracted to the Ardmore, Pennsylvania-based T.N. Ward Company.

Chester Stadium's design allows clear views of the Delaware River for approximately 60 percentage of its spectators, and is the centerpiece of Chester's urban renewal process. Union will share the stadium with the Philadelphia Independence of Women's Professional Soccer, which will also play its inaugural season in 2010.

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