Inaugural Season Schedule Unveiled

First Game in Chester Stadium Set for June 27 vs Seattle Sounders FC

CHESTER, Pa (February 3, 2010) — Philadelphia Union will be featured 17 times on national television during their inaugural season, according to the 2010 Major League Soccer schedule, announced today. Among the highlights of the MLS expansion club’s first schedule are the first game of the MLS season and first in club history vs. Seattle Sounders FC on Thursday, March 25 (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes); the first game in Philadelphia vs. D.C. United on Saturday, April 10 (Fox Soccer Channel) and the first game in the soccer-specific Chester Stadium, on Sunday, June 27 (ESPN2).

“We’re all quickly learning what was apparent to our supporters in the Delaware Valley from the start. That the rest of the country is now catching up with how special things are here with Philadelphia Union and they want in on it,” said Tom Veit, Philadelphia Union President. “The connection we have with our supporters locally is about to expand globally.”

The eyes of the world will focus their attention on the Delaware Valley on Thursday, October 7, with the expected return of international stars David Beckham and Landon Donovan to MLS and the LA Galaxy. 

“As we have stated from the very beginning, we will play the vast majority of our games in our new stadium,” said Nick Sakiewicz, CEO & Operating Partner of KSE and Philadelphia Union. “It is incredibly exciting to see all of the effort and energy we’ve put into creating our stadium and our team burst onto the national and international scene.”

 
“Additionally, we’re elated to play our first two matches at Lincoln Financial Field, which will enable that many more of our supporters to experience the beginning of what we’re working to make sure is a long and prosperous future.”
Every team in MLS will visit Philadelphia once in the 30-game regular season, and Philadelphia Union will also travel to each of the other 15 cities in MLS. Of the 17 national games, five will be on Spanish language networks, but also available to be broadcast locally via the team’s broadcast partners. Local television schedule will be released later this month.

2010 SCHEDULE 

WEEK 1
Philadelphia Union at Seattle Sounders FC 
Thursday, March 25, 
9:30pm
ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/ESPN360.com

WEEK 3 
D.C. United at Philadelphia Union 
Saturday, April 10, 6:00pm

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WEEK 4
Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC
Thursday, April 15, 7:00pm

ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/ESPN360.com

WEEK 5
Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls
Saturday, April 24, 4:00pm

TeleFutura

WEEK 6
Philadelphia Union at LA Galaxy
Saturday, May 1, 10:30pm

WEEK 7
Philadelphia Union at Real Salt Lake
Saturday, May 8, 9:00pm

WEEK 8
FC Dallas at Philadelphia Union

Saturday, May 15, 4:00pm
TeleFutura

WEEK 10 
Philadelphia Union at Houston Dynamo
Saturday, May 29, 8:30pm

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WEEK 11 
Philadelphia Union at Chicago Fire
Saturday, June 5, 8:30pm

WEEK 12 
Philadelphia Union at Kansas City Wizards
Thursday, June 10, 8:00pm

WEEK 13 
Seattle Sounders FC at Philadelphia Union 
Sunday, June 27, 5:00pm

ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/ESPN360.com

WEEK 14
Philadelphia Union at Chivas USA 
Saturday, July 3, 10:30pm

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WEEK 15

San Jose Earthquakes at Philadelphia Union
Saturday, July 10, 5:30pm
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WEEK 16
Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union
Saturday, July 17, 3:30pm

WEEK 17
Philadelphia Union at Colorado Rapids 
Wednesday, July 21, TBD


WEEK 18
New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union
Saturday, July 31, 3:30pm


WEEK 19

Columbus Crew at Philadelphia Union 
Thursday, August 5, 8:00pm

ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/ESPN360.com

Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas
Sunday, August 8, 7:00pm

FSC/FSE

WEEK 20
Real Salt Lake at Philadelphia Union
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 7:30pm

Colorado Rapids at Philadelphia Union 
Saturday, August 14, 4:00pm

TeleFutura

WEEK 21
Philadelphia Union at D.C. United
Sunday, August 22, 2:00pm

 
WEEK 22
Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution 
Saturday, August 28, 7:30pm

WEEK 23
Kansas City Wizards at Philadelphia Union
Saturday, September 4, 3:30pm

WEEK 24
Chicago Fire at Philadelphia Union
Saturday, September 11, 6:00pm

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WEEK 25
Philadelphia Union at San Jose Earthquakes
Saturday, September 18, 10:00pm

WEEK 26
Chivas USA at Philadelphia Union
Saturday, September 25, 4:00pm

TeleFutura

WEEK 27
Houston Dynamo at Philadelphia Union
Saturday, October 2, 4:00pm

TeleFutura

WEEK 28
LA Galaxy at Philadelphia Union
Thursday, October 7, 8:00pm

ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/ESPN360.com

WEEK 29
New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union
Saturday, October 16, 6:00pm

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WEEK 30 

Philadelphia Union at Columbus Crew
Sunday, October 24, 4:00pm
 
MLS CUP PLAYOFFS
Thursday, Oct. 28 – Sunday, Nov. 14

MLS CUP 2010
Sunday, Nov. 21 – Venue TBD 
ESPN/TeleFutura

 
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Philadelphia Union will open the 2010 MLS season, with their first ever First Kick on March 25 in Seattle vs. Sounders FC in a match televised nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. The club’s home opener will be April 10, as Philadelphia Union hosts D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field. Tickets for games at Lincoln Financial Field will go on sale in early March. Tickets for games in Chester will go on sale later in the season.

ABOUT KEYSTONE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT,LLC
Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the Philadelphia Union ownership group. It is comprised of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iStar Financial Jay Sugarman, CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Christopher and Robert Buccini and David Pollin, founding partners of the Buccini Polin Group, Swarthmore Group’s Jim Nevels (Chairman) and Paula Mandle (CEO), and Philadelphia attorney William Doran. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.

ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. MLS kicked off its 14th season on March 19, and will feature 15 teams each playing 30 regular season matches. They include Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Toronto FC and, in its inaugural season, Seattle Sounders FC. Philadelphia Union will debut as an expansion team in 2010, while expansion teams in Vancouver and Portland will debut in 2011. For more information about MLS, log on to the League’s official website at www.mlsnet.com.