Great Time to be a Soccer Fan

With the World Cup in full swing and the opening of PPL Park just days away, there is no better time to be a soccer fan, especially a Philadelphia soccer fan. 

Over the past two weeks, the United States has captured the excitement of the nation, and even the world, with their run into the knockout stage of the World Cup.  In three incredibly exciting games, the U.S. managed to overcome the odds and finish first in Group C, ahead of heavily favored England. 

On Saturday, the U.S. will look to surpass previous expectations and advance to the quarterfinals with a win over Ghana. As exciting as the first three games have been for the United States, this game has the makings to be just as thrilling because both teams feel they have a good opportunity to move on in the tournament.  With over two weeks still remaining until a World Cup champion is crowned, there truly has never been a better time for soccer in the United States.

And with the opening of PPL Park just two days away, life couldn’t be much better for Philadelphia soccer fans. The Philadelphia Union will look to add to the soccer excitement by opening up their new, state-of-the-art stadium with a bang in front of an 18,500-person rowdy crowd on Sunday.  With all of the excitement and festivities swirling around the opening of PPL Park, a win over the Seattle Sounders would be icing on the cake for the Union and its supporters.

Many people doubted the desire for professional soccer in Philadelphia.  Although there is a large pool of youth players throughout the traditionally strong soccer region, many people were uncertain if a professional soccer team would succeed in Philadelphia. However, with season tickets sold out and the PPL Park opener selling out in just five hours, Philadelphia is chomping at the bit as its team prepares for Seattle on Sunday.

Simply put, there is no better time or place to be a soccer fan.