With the complete Major League Soccer schedules being released last week, the Philadelphia Union has a much better schedule than 2012 in many ways. Below are five reasons why this year’s schedule is good for Sons of Ben and other Union fans alike. The three reasons below are in no particular order. If you have another reason(s) to add, feel free to comment below.
1. Defending MLS Champions visit Philadelphia
The L.A. Galaxy will visit PPL Park on May 15th. The game will happen under the lights starting at 7:30 p.m and looks to be a great game. Sure David Beckham and most likely Landon Donavon won’t be playing for the Galaxy, but the Union and the Galaxy are both talented clubs. The River End will be even louder and clearer come this game.
2. Nationally televised games
It seems lately that the Philadelphia Union has found themselves on national televised games a lot. 2013 will be no exception as they are on national television 10 times. This means two things. One more people will get to watch the Union on television, and two the Sons of Ben and their crazy and doop filled celebrations will be capture for the national audience.
3. Rivalry games
Like every season, the fans look forward to the season starting up again. Once the season starts, they can’t wait to take on the rivals. Last year’s rivalry games are still fresh in the fans’ heads as well as the players from the teams. Even better this year, is that five of the six games against the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United is on national television. Both games on Aug. 10 and 17 will be shown at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports.
If referee Mark Geiger referees any of the games like he did last year, look for another “Geiger Show” as D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen said of the match between Philadelphia and DC last year. It should also bring some added drama to the games as well if Geiger is on the pitch.
2013 looks bright and so does the schedule for the Philadelphia Union and fans.