Union Greetings: Happy Holidays From Philadelphia.

Phil AndrewsCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2009

Once again the Philadelphia Union front office reached out to its fan base today, this time with a little holiday cheer. Impressive for a team that won't play its first game until next year.

The soccer club's actions are extra impressive because the team has always kept its fans in the loop with just about every step it takes. From the announcement that the team was coming to Philadelphia, to the groundbreaking for the new stadium, to the team naming ceremony and even a recent meet the player’s party, the fans have always been included, and for that we thank the Union.

No, I do not have a mouse in my pocket, but when I say we, I speak on behalf of all those S-O-B's out there who can't wait for the team to play its first game.  Of course if you didn’t know by now, S-O-B is a synonym for the teams fan support group, Son’s of Ben, or as the team affectionately calls us, the founding members.                                                          

Check out the note emailed to the fans today from Union President, Tom Veit. Oh and make sure you click on the link below to watch the holiday video greeting from some of the Union Players.

Dear Founding Members,

On behalf of the entire Philadelphia Union organization, I’d like to wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season!

What a year 2009 has been. We began the year without an identity, technical staff, players and many of you who are now part of our extended Philadelphia Union family. If you think 2009 was exciting though, just wait until 2010. The culmination of years of hard work will finally bring us to our inaugural season in just a few short months, including First Kick on March 25th against Seattle, our Home Opener on April 10th against D.C. and our stadium opening along the banks of the Delaware River in Chester, PA.

With the first step of the expansion draft completed, the final pieces will quickly come together between now and First Kick. The January transfer window should bring quite a bit of excitement and the MLS SuperDraft on January 14th will be a great opportunity for everyone to come together to welcome our new draftees. Before we know it, we’ll be into our first season standing behind our Team Manager Peter Nowak and his squad as they take the field.

Our players really enjoyed meeting many of you at our Player Welcome Party and now they’ve created a holiday greeting for your viewing pleasure. Please CLICK HERE to watch it.

We look forward to seeing you in 2010—a historic year that we’re all sure remember for a very long time!


Tom Veit
Philadelphia Union