PPL Park has become a tough place for visitors in large part due to home fan support.
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Union Players: This One for the Fans

Stefani Miglioranzi said it best.

“This is for the fans. We want to put on a good show and do our very best to make it a win.”

Miglioranzi uttered those words following the Union’s 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy last Thursday at PPL Park. The record crowd of 18,779 never stopped pulling for the home club the entire match.

Expect the atmosphere to be just as crazy for Saturday’s home finale against the New York Red Bulls.

With the Galaxy, the allure was Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle and, of course, David Beckham.

With New York, the main attractions may be Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez and Juan Pablo Ángel, but the intensity of the Philadelphia-New York rivalry will also take center stage. 

These two matches have been anticipated all season by this raucous fan base.

Since New York is the last home match in this landmark inaugural season, the Union obviously want to make it as memorable as possible.

“This match against the Galaxy was high intensity and I’m sure it will be that way against New York,” goalkeeper Brad Knighton said after Saturday's contest. “They bring some high-profile players and we definitely want to finish out on a high note at home. We feel like we should have some more wins this season. It would be ideal to get that last win at home in front of our home fans who have been there for us the entire season.”

Sebastien Le Toux has been there for the fans the entire season.

He never shies away from a chance to sign autographs, pose for pictures or just chat with passionate Union fans.

This is one last opportunity to do these things at PPL Park in 2010.

“The fans have been really great all season,” Le Toux told philadelphiaunion.com. “I’d like to see us get a big win against New York and then share it with the fans. They deserve it.”

Also well said. The theme amongst the players is unanimous: This one is for the fans.

“The fan support means so much to us,” said defender Danny Califf. “When we’re a little tired or need a push, they have been there to give us that push. We really want to finish out the home schedule with a victory. It would be a nice way to end this first home season and give our fans that much more to look forward to next season.”

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