Thirty Years, Three Weeks and Four Days

That is how long it has taken to bring professional men’s soccer back to Philadelphia, give or take thirty years.  The establishment of the newest soccer team since the Philadelphia Fury bailed to Montreal in 1981, the Philadelphia Union, becomes official tonight at 9:30 PM EDT on ESPN2 against the Seattle Sounders FC of one Drew “Come on down!” Carey.

Yes, I said it’s been “give or take” thirty years since there was a soccer team for the guys here in the City That Loves You Back.  Way back in 1978, I was at that first Fury game, one of over 18,000 fans to be at The Vet on April Fools’ Day, only to see them lose to the Washington Diplomats, 3-0.  Part owner Peter Frampton, who wanted to show us the way, was there as a major draw.  When the team bolted after Molson bought the team after 1980, it was a long wait for men’s soccer.  And now, it comes to fruition.  The first game at home will be April 10 at The Linc against DC United, and the first match at the new PPL Park down by the Commodore Barry Bridge won’t be until late June against said Sounders.

You can join me over at Keith’s Sports Journal as we’ll live blog the game and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.  Remember, if you are a guy with a 12 inch ruler, or a guy who lives with his mommy in the basement of her van down by the river, then it’s BAN-HAMMER TIME!(TM)

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About jamesrussellcraven
Native Philadelphian, longtime sports fan and man about bon vivant.

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