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Remember CBA talks ’10? Union’s 2011 preseason much smoother so far

Posted on 31 January 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Photo Credit: Terry McLaughlin, ASN Philly '10

The Union have announced four preseason games during their first leg of the preseason, a two-week stay in sunny Orlando, Florida.  See below for details or head to

Impressively, the Union and Bimbo Bakeries have also announced a discounted rate to the team’s hotel the Westin Lake Mary outside of Orlando. Not too bad for those looking for a decent vacation and a quick fix of Union preseason goodness.

Take a look back, one year ago. The Union were gearing up to head down to North Carolina for the first leg of their preseason with almost everyone – fans, coaches, players, and owners included – worried that a Collective Bargaining Agreement would not get done in time for the season to start. The Union now have a sponsor quite possibly footing the bill for a yearly trip (until 2014) to train in Orlando, a little experience, and no labor talks to fret over.

Any Union fans heading to Orlando to catch a glimpse of Seba, Califf, and company in action? We’d love to hear about it! Your plans, game recaps, pictures, etc. 

Philadelphia Union’s Preseason Game Calendar in Orlando:

Opponent                                     Venue                               Date/KO Time

U-17 US Men National Team           Lake Sylvan Park               Feb. 6 / 11:00 a.m.
University of South Florida                Lake Sylvan Park               Feb. 10 / 3:30 p.m.
University of Central Florida              UCF                                 Feb. 13 / 10:00 a.m.
Orlando City S.C.                            Florida Citrus Bowl             Feb. 19 / 7:00 p.m.

3 Comments For This Post

  1. Steve Edling Says:

    Do you guys know where they are training and if it is open to the public? I’m in Orlando for the next 2 days!!

  2. bbonnette Says:


    We will check with the front office today to see if we can get that information for you. Check back!

  3. bbonnette Says:

    Spoke with the Union, training is closed to the public (they will double check however). All of the scrimmages, however, at Lake Sylvan Park and UCF will open and free to fans. The scrimmage with Orlando City SC will require a ticket purchase.

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