April 2, 2011 |
Last year, motorists who travel the Commodore Barry Bridge were treated to the sight of a new landmark springing up on the banks of the Delaware River in Chester: PPL Park, the new 18,000-seat stadium that is home to the Union, an expansion team of Major League Soccer. City and regional officials said the new stadium would usher in a new day for Chester. The stadium was seen as a possible catalyst for economic growth in a city deep in the thralls of a sagging economy. In their second full season, the Union, coached by Peter Nowak and led by star striker Sebastien Le Toux, are a hit with fans, selling out most of their home games.
July 19, 2012 |
NEW YORK — For the next week and a half, PPL Park, Chester and the city of Philadelphia will become a soccer mecca. Starting with Wednesday night's match against English Premier League foe Aston Villa, the region will host a full slate of matches and events, culminating with the league's best taking on Chelsea, the reigning club champion of Europe, when PPL Park welcomes the MLS All-Star Game next Wednesday. On Tuesday, MLS released its full slate of events leading up to the match, beginning with the launch of its Giant Ball Tour on Friday at 2 p.m. on the steps of the Art Museum, featuring MLS commissioner Don Garber and Mayor Nutter.
October 25, 2011 |
To put in perspective how long this Major League Soccer season has been, the Union opened the regular season on March 19 while the Phillies were in Clearwater, Fla., for spring training. The Phillies' season has ended and the Union's postseason is just beginning. After earning a bye for the MLS Cup wild-card round, the Union will open the first of a two-game Eastern Conference semifinal aggregate-goal series with the Houston Dynamo on Sunday at PPL Park in Chester. Game time will either be 4 or 5 p.m., an MLS official said Monday.
October 24, 2012
When: Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Where: Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. TV: The Comcast Network. Records: Union, 10-16-6, 36 points; Kansas City, 17-7-9, 60 points. Coaches: Union, John Hackworth (8-9-4); Kansas City, Peter Vermes (44-35-30). Union on the road: 3-9-4. Kansas City at home: 9-3-4. Previous meetings: The Union won, 4-0, at PPL Park on June 23 in MLS action. On July 11, Kansas City won, 2-0, in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup at PPL Park.
December 24, 2010 |
The Independence are moving to a new home field at Widener University this season because of economics, team owner and CEO David Halstead said Thursday. The Women's Professional Soccer team played its inaugural season at West Chester University. Halstead said it is more cost-effective to play at Widener. West Chester's John A. Farrell Stadium has a capacity of 7,500. The Independence averaged 2,938 last season. Widener's Leslie Quick Stadium seats 4,500. Halstead said the goal for the team is to average 4,000 fans.
June 2, 2011 |
When: Saturday (9:58 a.m.-7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (8:59 a.m.-5:20 p.m.). Saturday's pool play will determine Sunday's single-elimination schedule. Where: PPL Park, Chester Who: Sixteen men's teams and eight women's teams are competing. Temple: The Owls' men play Arizona (12:10 p.m.), Texas (3:16 p.m.) and Oklahoma (7:30 p.m.) on Saturday. The women are in pool play tomorrow at Drexel's Vidas Athletic Complex at 43rd & Powelton. The Owls play Penn State (1:20 p.m.), Brown (3:40 p.m.)
May 26, 2012
What: An international soccer friendly between the United States women's national team and China. When: Sunday, 7 p.m. Where: PPL Park, Chester Saturday practice: Fans are invited to attend the U.S. team's practice on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at PPL Park. Admission and parking are free. Members of the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club will receive premium seating at the session. Fans may join the club at www.ussoccer.com or at the stadium on Saturday.
June 5, 2012 |
NBC SPORTS and USA Sevens officials see big things for the future of the Collegiate Rugby Championship, and they say that begins with the stability provided by a multiyear agreement with PPL Park. Over the weekend, officials announced an agreement to extend the tournament's stay on the Chester waterfront through 2014. PPL Park, home of the Union, has hosted the event for the last 2 years after the inaugural event was held at Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium. "When there is year-to-year uncertainty you are enjoying it, but you're not invested in planning for the long term," tournament director Dan Lyle said.
April 29, 2011
The Philadelphia Union MLS soccer team will host the English Premier League club Everton at 7:30 p.m. July 20 at PPL Park in Chester. The date was given incorrectly on Thursday. A column Thursday about the Switch Philly conference misspelled the name of Jen Cheng, chief financial officer and director of marketing at Catapulter, which offers online routing services for ground travel. A story Thursday about a street fair to be held Saturday on South Broad Street wrongly described one part of the planned setup.
April 28, 2011 |
The Union will play English Premier League club Everton on July 20 at PPL Park, the Major League Soccer team announced Wednesday. U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard and Australian star Tim Cahill play for Everton, a five-time FA Cup champion. The Union's full season-ticket holders will receive tickets to the game at no cost. After online sales to full and partial season-ticket holders, individual tickets will go on sale May 9.