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Photos from Union v Colorado Rapids at PPL Park

Posted on 14 August 2010 by tmclaughlin

The Union prepare to take on the Colorado Rapids

ASN Philly photographer Terry McLaughlin was on the field to capture some photos for you as the Union took on the Colorado Rapids on a beautiful afternoon at PPL Park.

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More Photos from Real Salt Lake’s Visit to PPL Park

Posted on 13 August 2010 by tmclaughlin

ASN Philly Photographer Terry McLaughlin found a few more shots from Wednesday’s game for you.  Be sure to check out our exclusive pictures of Danny Califf playing on the field with his kids after the game!

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Photos from Union v Real Salt Lake at PPL Park

Posted on 12 August 2010 by tmclaughlin

Chris Seitz looks out on the field at PPL Park

ASN Philly Photographer Terry McLaughlin was on the field last night as the Union took on Real Salt Lake at PPL Park.  Make sure you check out the photos 94.1 WYSP radio host Danny Bonaduce dealing out the first kick of the match.  He certainly looked excited to be on the field with the Union!

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Photos from the Historic PPL Park Home Opening Game

Posted on 29 June 2010 by tmclaughlin

ASN Philly Photographer Terry McLaughlin captured some shots from the historic home opening game and 3-1 win at the new PPL Park in Chester, PA.  The heat and humidity couldn’t keep the crowd of over 18,700 from cheering on the Union in the first of what are sure to be many thrilling matches at PPL Park.

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Introducing ‘The Lighthouse’

Posted on 24 February 2010 by Breton Bonnette

After almost a month without confirmation, the Union finally have a formal name to their home. Welcome…

…to the arsenal of soccer-specific stadiums around the country. According to the press release, it looks like PPL EnergyPlus – a retail energy supplier subsidiary of Allentown, PA’s PPL Corporation – is ready to fight Peco for some market share in the Philadelphia metro area. One way to announce that? Become the sole provider of energy to a new stadium located in an area that Peco “controls”.

The Union confirmed an 11-year deal with PPL with industry sources putting the rate at almost $2 million a year. Not too shabby. So The Lighthouse will be shining bright on June 27th if this league doesn’t decide to shoot itself in the foot first.

Why The Lighthouse? Why because of this of course…

Since PPL bought the rights, PPL Park it is, but which nickname fits best?

RESULTS:

The Lighthouse – 40% (33 votes)
People’s Park – 34% (28 votes)
Seaport Drive – 17% (14 votes)
The Stadium of Power and Light – 6% (5 votes)

This was an absolute dogfight up until the end. The Lighthouse wins out as the unofficial nickname of PPL Park but I wouldn’t mind alternating between the top three. Seaport Drive started it all so for nostalgia’s sake that might have to stay. The Lighthouse and People’s Park, however, are both worthy candidates for nicknames. I might resurrect this in April or May when it’s close to being done to see if people’s minds change.

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Union: PPL Park to be formally announced, youngsters, and uncertainty

Posted on 24 February 2010 by Breton Bonnette

PPL Park will be official at noon today as the team’s front office and PPL officials will hold a press conference to announce a $20 million, 10-year stadium naming-rights deal. So it looks like our “unofficial nickname” of the Lighthouse will formally go into effect starting at high noon today. From reading Jeff Gammage’s article on the logistics in the Inquirer, we can say that Nick Sakiewicz and Tom Veit definitely did their due diligence in this regard and almost $2 million/year guaranteed is most certainly a welcomed income stream to think about as the Union get set to kick off their first years in Philadelphia. More surprisingly, Gammage states that officials with PPL “met with the Sons of Ben fan club”. Not sure what those talks would have entailed but it just goes to show you how crucial the supporters will be to this growing club and soccer in this city.  Now if only all the supporter groups in the country could come together to help make nice between the owners and the players so we can get on with this season already.

– I wanted to do a review of sorts on how the youngsters have been getting on in training camp and I will at some point but for right now, let’s look at it on a case-by-case basis and what others have said. Charlie Cuttone’s piece on Jack McInerney for Philly Soccer News certainly gives us a perspective on their transition. MacInerney describes it as “an overwhelming experience”, an opinion that I’m sure resonates with 19-year old Danny Mwanga and and 18-year old Amobi Okugo. Word is, however, and in each unofficial match report we receive, these youngsters have been holding their own. McInerney and Okugo’s extensive international experience with the US youth squads certainly helps with the transition but nothing compares to a big-guy like Shavar Thomas or Danny Califf breathing down your neck in training every day. Almost six weeks ago now, we asked what your expectations of the youngsters would be. You replied that Mwanga would start, bagging 5-9 goals in his rookie year, while he would share the most playing time for a rookie with 24-year old Toni Stahl. After the first three preseason games, would you want to revise those predictions? 

– In case you missed it, single-game tickets for the first two home games at the Linc will go on sale next Wednesday, March 3rd at 10:00AM. Any early attendance estimates for the first home game vs. DC United?

– It’s hard to ignore now. As the twice-extended CBA talks come down to the final hour, Union fans are left wondering what will happen if there is a strike or lockout. ASN Philly can safely say, we don’t know. It would be a blow to the momentum and fanfare of the Union’s inaugural season that’s for sure, but how big of a blow? Pretty big predictably, about 10,000 or more disappointed season ticket holders left wondering simply, why us, in our year to join the league? It’s a bit hard to fathom both the owners and the players union assuming that any sort of lockout or strike would be a productive idea. If that’s the case, they have a heightened and misguided thought or two about soccer’s status in this country. It’s always much easier to be pessimistic in these situations but for Union fans, you’re talking about a 24 month plus wait for a team to call their own. We can only wait and hope for the best. Get it done people…

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