The 2017 season is right around the corner and there are only 23 days to lock in 2017 season ticket early bird pricing.
Over the next 23 days check back in for a new reason why you should get your season tickets now before the price goes up at the end of the month. You’re not going to want to miss out on 2017!
23. Under his Stewart-ship
Since being introduced to the club back in December of 2015, Earnie Stewart has led the Philadelphia Union with a fearlessness and vision that is unprecedented.
Under his guidance the Union made bold, decisive moves in the MLS SuperDraft, defied and created new expectations throughout the season, and advanced to the post-season for the first time in five years.
Stewart’s attention to youth development will continue to be paramount in the team’s success in the future – with Academy products Auston Trusty and Derrick Jones looking to become great additions to the First Team lineup.
With Stewart at the helm, the Union are charting an exciting course, making 2017 and beyond a great time to become part of this organization as a season ticket member.
22. Rookie of the Year Runner Up
There’s not much to say about Keegan Rosenberry that hasn’t already been said.
The rookie consistently turned heads throughout the 2016 season, matching up against some of the best attackers in the world without batting an eye. He logged more minutes than any other player in the league and was even voted an MLS All-Star.
To cap off his 2016 campaign, Rosenberry finished second in Rookie of the Year voting. When asked about his goals for next season, Rosenberry said he was focused on pushing the team further in the MLS Cup Playoffs and securing a spot for himself on MLS Best XI by the end of the 2017 campaign.
21. Captain America
The signing of Alejandro Bedoya proved to be the biggest move the Union made during the 2016 season.
Bedoya became the most decorated USMNT player to ever wear a Philadelphia Union uniform. The midfielder started 10 games for the Union in 2016, recording a goal against Toronto so beautiful, it was up for Goal of the Year voting.
Bedoya’s presence solidified the Union’s midfield and will continue to help shape the Union’s attack in 2017.
20. The View
I mean, it’s a view that’s hard to beat.
Overlooking the Commodore Barry Bridge and the Delaware River, Talen Energy Stadium provides such a unique environment for sports fans in the city. The open-air construction allows fans to cool off during the hot summer months in the middle of the season, and also provides a great canvas to watch fireworks during the annual spectacle.
It’s the perfect backdrop for a soccer match and a great place to spend your weekends during the season.
19. Across the pond, across the bridge
For seven consecutive years, the Union have hosted a friendly match against a big-time international club at Talen Energy Stadium and the contest always proves to be an exciting event.
In 2016, the Union faced off against Crystal Palace in July, and in years past they played host to clubs like Stoke City, A.F.C. Bournemouth, and Real Madrid.
2017 will surely offer another exciting global matchup and with your membership you’ll have pre-sale opportunities to get tickets to the match before anyone else!
18. President Pontius
Talk about a comeback. Chris Pontius looked like he had something to prove when he began his 2016 campaign, and by the end of the season there wasn’t a person in the league that doubted the veteran’s abilities.
After playing his entire seven-year career with D.C. United, Pontius joined the Union during the 2015 off-season and never looked back. In just his second game with the Union, he recorded a brace in what would be the club’s first-ever road win over Columbus Crew SC. And the scoring didn’t stop there. Pontius went on to lead the team in goals with 12, which also tied a career high for him, and set a new career-best for assists with six.
17. UNION! *clap clap clap* UNION!
It’s a simple song, but it gets the point across.
One of the most classic Union chants brings everyone to their feet at Talen Energy Stadium and sets the tone for each and every home match
It’s easy enough to join in, so grab your season tickets and get to clapping.
16. Rookie Royalty
Then Union went into the 2016 MLS SuperDraft with one goal in mind; to bolster their roster with players that would make an immediate impact and also serve as cornerstones for the team in the future. With the additions of Josh Yaro, Fabian Herbers, and Keegan Rosenberry, it’s safe to say the Union accomplished their mission.
Each of the three rookies contributed to the Union’s success this season both on offense and defense. Herbers and Rosenberry both recorded goals for the Union in 2016 with Herbers collecting three and Rosenberry two; Herbers also led the team with seven assists.
Rosenberry was selected as an MLS All-Star and also lead the league in minutes played. Yaro made great strides as a center back and began to develop a strong relationship with the other members of the backline.
If the past is any indication of the future, this rookie class will only bring good things for the Union in 2017 and beyond.
14. DOOP song
Is there any sound more iconic at a Union home match than the beloved DOOP song?
30 times this season chants of DOOP filled Talen Energy Stadium when the Union scored a goal – providing an infectious and celebratory soundtrack across the stands.
As a season ticket member in 2017, you’ll be there for more DOOPs and hopefully the return of DOOP baby.
Is it stuck in your head now? Good. Now buy your season tickets.
13. Iron-Man Keegs
As rookie seasons go, Keegan Rosenberry had himself quite the showing in 2016 especially when it came to game minutes.
Playing all 3,060 minutes during the regular season, Rosenberry led all MLS outfield players in minutes played in the 2016 season. He also became the first true rookie in MLS history to play every minute in a 34-game season. On top of it, he never once recorded one yellow card – leading him to be awarded the 2016 MLS Individual Fair Play award.
Now with a year of experience under his belt, Rosenberry looks to continue his streak into the 2017 season and you better be there for it.
12. Rivalry Games
Is there any greater atmosphere in sports than a rivalry game? Whenever the Union face-off against New York Red Bulls or D.C. United, you know it’s going to be a great match.
And 2016 didn’t disappoint in that regard – with the Union logging some memorable moments against both foes in MLS and Open Cup play. Those tight matches only added fuel to the fire – insuring that 2017’s rivalry games will have even higher stakes and much more passion and grit behind them.
11. Watching the Process Come To Life
During the 2016 season the Union signed Academy products Derrick Jones and Auston Trusty as Homegrown players. Both have worked their way up through the Academy ladder and even got minutes with Union's USL affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC.
Jones and Trusty have been featured on the U.S. U-20 MNT over the last several months and are making great strides in their development.
With your 2017 season tickets you will be able to see the future of the Philadelphia Union develop right before your eyes.
10. Season Ticket Member Perks
In addition to being there for all of the fun and excitement the 2017 will bring, being a season ticket member has its perks.
By being a season ticket member you will save up to 40% on single game ticket prices, receive a season ticket member gift, and get a 10% discount on concession and merchandise by using your Union Dollars. Get the full list of benefits here.
Plus, when post-season time comes around, season ticket members get priority access to home playoff matches. What else could you ask for?
9. Steel Curtin: Winningest coach in Union history
The Union’s successful 2016 campaign couldn’t have been possible without the leadership of head coach Jim Curtin. After his second official season as head coach, Curtin became the Union’s all-time winningest coach.
With Curtin in charge, the Union have gone to two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Finals, and this season made it to the postseason for just the second time in club history.
He also put an emphasis on winning at home, which resulted in the Union securing more home wins this past season (8) than ever before in club history. Under his leadership, the team also secured several more club records this season, like 52 goals scored, 167 shots on goal, and 30 road goals.
Plus, he’s a local guy – so what’s there not to like?
8. Late game winners
There’s nothing better than the raw excitement that comes from a late-game winner at home, and 2016 had plenty of them.
Tranquillo Barnetta’s beyond-amazing free kick in the 90th minute to give the Union a 2-1 win over Orlando was a thing of pure magic.
Or what about Richie Marquez’s first career MLS goal that sealed a 1-0 win over rival D.C. United?
And who could forget Chris Pontius’ game-winner against New York Red Bulls in the U.S. Open Cup round of 16?
Make sure you’re in the stands for all the late-game theatrics at Talen Energy Stadium for the 2017 season – get your season tickets now.
7. The Captain Climbs the Ranks
A lot has changed for the Union over the last couple seasons, but there remains one reliable constant – Brian Carroll.
The captain hit some serious milestones during the 2016 season, including reaching 370 career games played and 345 career starts – both putting him fourth all-time in MLS history among outfield players.
Entering his seventh year with the Union, B.C. has seen the ups and the downs all while remaining a consummate professional and a huge veteran presence for a young team. His impact will surely be felt during the 2017 season as well as he continues to climb the all-time MLS charts.
6. Keeper of the Year
There are no words to describe just how other-worldly Andre Blake’s performance was this season – but there are awards. And he has tons of them.
On top of being voted an MLS All-Star, IBX’s Union Player of the Year, and most recently named to MLS’s Best XI – Blake was also voted as MLS’s Goalkeeper of the Year. Blake also was the only goalkeeper in MLS to appear in 20 or more matches and not allow a penalty kick goal.
Pretty impressive stuff, and then of course there’s this.
Be there to bask in all of the Saves by Dre glory and get your 2017 season tickets now.
5. Goals for Days:
The Union set a new club record this season, scoring 52 goals over the course of the 2016 campaign. 30 of those DOOPs came at home, which also happened to tie a franchise record.
And with three of the team’s top goal scorers expected to return in 2017, it looks like the Union have a good shot at setting a new record in front of the hometown faithful.
4. Hey now, we have All-Stars.
With Keegan Rosenberry and Andre Blake reppin the Blue and Gold, 2016 marked the first time in franchise history that the Union had two starters in an MLS All-Star game.
Rosenberry became the first rookie to be named an MLS All-Star since 2013, and just the second since 2005.
Don’t miss out on a chance to see these reigning All-Stars at home throughout the 2017 season!
3. Sons of Ben
The chants. The tifos. The body paint.
There’s never a dull moment with The Sons of Ben. Standing for 90 minutes straight, the passionate tenants of the River End help make Union home matches truly a one of a kind experience.
Join in on the antics or just admire from afar - either way those SOB’s really know how to party.
2. Just Win Baby!
Help add to the energy in the stands next year and get your season tickets now!
1. Watch the International stars of today.
Andre Blake has been a fixture for the Jamaican National team this summer, most recently helping the Reggae Boyz qualify for CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Alejandro Bedoya has been called up to the USMNT in their last several matches, and with changes to the head coaching position – many think Keegan Rosenberry could be getting a call soon as well.
First Team members Auston Trusty and Derrick Jones have also been featured on the U.S. U-20 team during the Four Nations Tournament, and the Union Academy has also been represented in national team call-ups, including Rayshaun McGann, who has been featured on the U.S. U-17 team along with 12 other Academy members.