Union partner with Harrisburg

City Islanders to be exclusive USL-2 affiliate

Philadelphia Union announced today a
partnership with the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division,
further extending the Major League Soccer club’s player development model. The
City Islanders will be Philadelphia Union’s Exclusive USL-2 Affiliate Club.

“Player development is a key
component to building the quality club and organization we will be,” explained
Nick Sakiewicz, CEO & Operating Partner of Philadelphia Union. “With the
Harrisburg City Islanders and our previously announced relationship with
Reading United AC, Philadelphia Union Team Manager Peter Nowak will instill
‘first team’ principles in training and playing attacking, attractive football
throughout Pennsylvania that our supporters will truly enjoy. We’re eager to
get going.”

The City Islanders will become a key
part of Philadelphia’s player development strategy, as the club will have the
option to loan players to Harrisburg for increased playing time. As partners,
both clubs will also work to help identify City Islander players who have the
potential to make the leap to MLS. The relationship continues the growth of
Philadelphia Union’s player development strategy, building off of previously
established relationships with PDL squad Reading United AC, Eastern
Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA), Delaware Youth Soccer Association
(DYSA) and YSC Sports.

“We’re proud and excited to make
this announcement today,” said City Islanders President Eric Pettis. “Before
they’ve even played a game, Philadelphia Union have proven themselves to be a
truly first-class organization. Both clubs will see numerous benefits, on and
off the field, as a result of this partnership. It’s a natural fit.”

An annual friendly match in
Harrisburg between the clubs (date to be announced) is another highlight of the
partnership. Other components will include cross promotional opportunities,
clinics and Philadelphia Union player appearances in Harrisburg during the
summer and off-season.

“We’ve worked with MLS clubs
frequently over the years, but to formalize a relationship like this is ideal,”
said City Islanders Head Coach Bill Becher. “I think players and staff from
both clubs will see real benefits as a result.”

Philadelphia Union’s first-ever
First Kick will take place March 25, 2010 vs. Seattle Sounders FC at Seattle’s
Qwest Field. The club’s home opener will be April 10, 2010 vs. D.C. United at
Lincoln Financial Field. On June 27, 2010, Philadelphia Union will open PPL
Park vs. Seattle Sounders FC.