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The Philadelphia Union became Major League Soccer’s 16th team, joining the league in 2010. They play a majority of their games at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, but for games that deserve to be presented on a larger scale—such as an international friendly against the likes of Celtic FC or Real Madrid—the team hosts opponents at Lincoln Financial Field, proud home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles .
Establishing Themselves as a Threat
While the Union are new to the league, they’ve already managed to find some semblance of success, especially in their second season. In 2011, they went 11-8-15, finishing in third place in the Eastern Conference and qualifying for the playoffs for the very first time. Defying all expectations, they made it to the Conference semi-finals, where they lost in heartbreaking fashion to the more experienced Houston Dynamo.
Last season, the Union failed to return to the playoffs. But for the first time in team history, they qualified for the U.S. Open Cup, making it all the way to the semi-finals before falling to Sporting Kansas City.
Most impressive about the Union is their undefeated international record. In friendly competitions dating back to 2010, the Union have never lost, defeating clubs from Mexico, Scotland, Greece, England, and Germany. These might be friendly competitions, but they can still be useful to gauge where the Union stand against elite international talent.
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Purchase discounted Philadelphia Union tickets using ScoreBig.com and watch a soccer team that’s gearing up to get back to the playoffs in 2013. They have an amazing amount of talent, led by 22-year-old defender Sheanon Williams, French forward Sebastien Le Toux, forward Jack McInerney (who led the team in goals scored last season), and midfielder Brian Carroll, who is also the team captain. 2013 could easily be the year of the Union.