Vice President Biden to Kick Off Opener

Biden and Walter Bahr to participate in pre-game ceremonies

CHESTER, Pa. (April 8, 2010) – Vice President of the United States Joe Biden will return home to the Delaware Valley on Saturday, April 10th when Philadelphia Union kicks off their inaugural home season at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field. The former Delaware senator will participate in the first kick ceremonies prior to the Union’s game against D.C. United.

Biden will be joined by Philadelphia and American soccer legend Walter Bahr, who is most famous for his game-winning assist in the United States’ victory over England in the 1950 World Cup.

Born in Scranton, Pa., Biden was first elected to the United States Senate in 1972 at the age of 29, becoming the sixth-youngest Senator in U.S. history. He served the state of Delaware for 36 years before joining now-President Barack Obama on the Democratic ticket for the 2008 Presidential election. 

As the 47th Vice President of the United States, Biden has continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation. He has been tasked with implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, helping to rebuild the nation’s economy and lay the foundation for a sustainable economic future. Biden is also the chair of the administration’s Middle Class Task Force, a major White House initiative targeted at raising the living standards of middle class families in America. In addition, he is providing sustained, high level focus for the administration on Iraq policy and has traveled to the country multiple times since being elected as Vice President.
 

MEDIA NOTE: All photographers and cameras must arrive to the Lincoln Financial Field Photography Work Room by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 in order to have their equipment checked by security. Failure to arrive on time may result in denied access to the pre-game ceremonies.
 
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 Pollin 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 kicks off its 15th season on March 25, 2010. MLS features 16 clubs each playing 30 regular season matches in 2010. Those teams 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; 2009 MLS Cup Champion Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Toronto FC; and, in their inaugural season, Philadelphia Union. Expansion teams in Vancouver and Portland will debut in 2011. For more information about Major League Soccer, visit www.mlssoccer.com.