HARRISBURG, PA (June 15, 2010) – Philadelphia Union will travel to Harrisburg to take on their affiliate partner, the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2), in an exhibition match on Tuesday, July 27 at Skyline Sports Complex. The match, which kicks off at 7 p.m., will mark the first time that an MLS club has visited the City Islanders since 2005 when the Islanders defeated D.C. United, 1-0.
“Especially in our first season, the more matches we play against quality competition, the quicker we’ll improve,” said Union manager Peter Nowak. “With two weeks in between our League matches with Toronto and New England, playing the Islanders in addition to Manchester United will give our roster a chance to stay sharp. This match is another benefit of our valuable partnership with Harrisburg.”
In March, Philadelphia Union tabbed the Islanders as their official USL-2 affiliate club and have the option to loan Union players to Harrisburg for increased playing time. Shea Salinas, Toni Stahl and Nick Zimmerman have all suited up for the Islanders.
“We’re very excited to bring a Major League Soccer club to the city of Harrisburg to play on the field in front of our fans,” said City Islanders General Manager Kierstin Rowe.
All tickets for the match, both youth and adult, will be $15 general admission and will go on sale on Wednesday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. Ages 3 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased by calling (717) 441-GOAL or by visiting the City Islanders official website at www.cityislanders.com.
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 HARRISBURG CITY ISLANDERS
The Harrisburg City Islanders commenced operation in August 2003 and began play in the United Soccer Leagues Second Division in April 2004. Central Pennsylvania’s only professional soccer team is owned by four local businessmen, Eric D. Pettis, Christopher Barker, Chuck Fox, and Bryan Gobin. The City Islanders play their home matches at Skyline Sports Complex on City Island in downtown Harrisburg and are coached by Bill Becher and Steve Widdowson.