2013 Hometown Heroes
Patrick Sweeney was announced as a Philadelphia Union Hometown Hero on March 2, 2013. Patrick started playing soccer at the age of 5, received numerous awards throughout school, and continues to play today with the United German Hungarian Club. In addition to working as Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach for Arch Bishop Carroll High School, Sports Instructor at Upper Main Line YMCA and Assistant Youth Soccer Coach/Clinic Instructor with TE Youth Soccer and FC Europa, Patrick volunteers with numerous organizations, including Special Olympics and was selected to play for the US Paralympics team in 2008 and 2012. Patrick has done all of this while battling Rasmussen Syndrome since the age of 17. Currently in remission, soccer has always served as great therapy. The Philadelphia Union thank Patrick for his service to the community
Liam O’Murchu was announced as a Philadelphia Union Hometown Hero on March 16, 2013. Liam is a 5th grade honor student at Valley Forge Middle School. He lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania with his parents and sister. Liam enjoys playing travel soccer with his team TEYSA, playing lacrosse, and running 5ks. Liam is a four-year volunteer with City Year’s Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of Service and his favorite hobby is watching the Philadelphia Union. Recently Liam made a generous donation to the Philadelphia Union Foundation with the hopes that his money would help with the Foundation’s work in Chester. His contribution to the Philadelphia Union Foundation has been recognized as a sacrifice which is truly remarkable for such a young man. The Philadelphia Union thank Liam for his generosity to the Philadelphia Union Foundation and his service to the community.
Michael Mckinney was announced as a Philadelphia Union Hometown Hero on May 4, 2013. Michael is from the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia. He is a devoted father of three and a dedicated soccer fan. Michael began playing soccer at the age of 7, received numerous awards for fair play and outstanding academics, and continues to play today in a men’s outdoor soccer league. In addition to working as a sales manager for Pepboys, Michael helped with the Children Miracle Network as well as started the Help Kick Cancer Charity which is aimed at helping those in need amongst the soccer community. Through the Help Kick Cancer Charity, Michael helped raise $10,000 , of which he would like to donate $1,000 to Sheanon William’s charity, Miles4MJ. Michael has done this while battling Anaplastic Astrocytoma. To Michael, soccer is more than just a sport as it represents family and love for one another regardless of race or creed or background.Thank you Michael for your service to the community.
Father Stephen McDermott
Father Stephen McDermott was announced as a Philadelphia Union Hometown Hero on June 29, 2013. Prior to being ordained to the priesthood in 2003, Father McDermott taught and coached soccer at Archbishop Ryan High School. Father McDermott has received the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Germany and the Army Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, Father McDermott organized soccer matches in order to offer a fun distraction – including between the US and Afghan troops. Thank you Father McDermott for you service to our country and our community.
Sergeant Eric Sears
Sergeant Eric Sears was announced as a Philadelphia Union Hometown Hero on July 12, 2013. Prior to his four years in the Marine Corps, Sergeant Sears played soccer at Albright College. While deployed as part of the Marine Corps First Recon Battalion Security Team, Sergeant Sears played soccer games with Afghanis and Jordanians. Currently, back at school in Reading, he is the Assistant Girls’ Soccer Coach at Muhlenberg High School. Thank you Sergeant Eric Sears for you service to our country and community.
Specialist Adam Bruns, Specialist Matthew Bragg, and Sergeant William Fletcher
Specialist Adam Bruns, Specialist Matthew Bragg, and Sergeant William Fletcher were announced as Philadelphia Union Hometown Heroes on July 20,2012. The three soldiers were represented by their loved at the game while they serve overseas in Afghanistan with Delaware’s 153rd Military Police Company. Judith Bruns represented her son Specialist Adam Bruns, David Duhadaway represented his stepson Specialist Matthew Bragg and Rebekah Fletcher represented her husband Sergeant William Fletcher. Thank you to Delaware's 153rd Military Polic Company for their service to our country.
Ryan Fisher was announced as a Philadelphia Union Hometown Hero on August 3, 2012. A graduate from Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Ryan currently teaches at the Chester Charter School for the Arts. An avid sports fan, Ryan likes to use athletics as a way of teaching and motivating kids to be well rounded individuals and productive members of the community. Ryan was instrumental in helping Chester Charter School for the Arts become a soon-to-be member of the Chester Upland Soccer for Success Program which is a partner of the Philadelphia Union Foundation. Ryan – thank you for your service to the community.