Next year, Philadelphia will again attempt the improbable by bringing professional soccer back to the city. There have been numerous tries at this task over the years and all have failed.
Will the same happen to this Union squad? Absolutely not. Why? They have something that all of the previous clubs did not. That's right. They have the Sons of Ben.
The Sons of Ben is a soccer-crazed organization solely dedicated to bringing professional soccer back to Philly. They are, in short, a group of the most passionate soccer fans in the world.
The Sons of Ben were the driving force behind the creation of the Union. They worked tirelessly to push the MLS to give Philadelphia soccer one more try. So, the Philadelphia Union are most likely the last chance for soccer in Philly.
So, the big question is: Which type of Philadelphia team will this Union team personify? Will they become an annual let-down like the Sixers or the Iggles (yeah, they get a bad wrap)? Or will they become carbon-copies of the beloved Phillies? Or, perhaps, they acquire their own, unique identity, like the Flyers.
Yes, soccer has never truly thrived in our city. However, I would be kidding myself if I didn't acknowledge that this Union club does have a different feel to it. And they haven't stepped onto the pitch yet.
Hopefully, this team helps to shape soccer in Philly and across the nation. If it does, we will all have the Sons of Ben to thank.