The Philadelphia Union have a very, let’s say unique start to the season. The team will face two of the league’s three Canadian teams in the first two matches of the season; at Vancouver for the season opener, then in Philadelphia against Toronto FC for the home opener. And to get ready for these two matches, here are four reasons why Philadelphia is better than Vancouver and Toronto.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
There’s a reason why the show is called Always Sunny. The yearly average temperature is 57 degrees. In Vancouver, it’s 50 degrees, and in Toronto it’s 48 degrees. And for bad weather, Philadelphia averages 1,082 mm of precipitation, while Vancouver averages 1,250 mm. Give me sunny Philadelphia all day.
Food for Thought
When you mention Philadelphia, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Cheesesteaks. There isn’t another food that has the city in its name. And everyone knows what’s in a cheesesteak: steak, cheese, onions and peppers. It’s delicious. Toronto has poutine, which is just glorified cheese fries. You have to google to find something for Vancouver, and it’s a Japanese-inspired hot dog. Hard pass.
One major point of civic pride are monuments and history of a city and a country. Philadelphia served as the first capital of the United States, and houses the Liberty Bell. Founders such as Benjamin Franklin called Philadelphia home and still have ties to the city centuries after his death. Toronto has the CN Tower, which is basically the Space Needle, the Hockey Hall of Fame, which really only Canadians care about, and a few museums, which every city has. Vancouver has the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and a park. That’s about it.
Made for the Silver Screen
Philadelphia isn’t just renowned for its food and landmarks, but the city as a whole. Great films such as National Treasure, Law Abiding Citizen, and the aptly named Philadelphia are based in the City of Brotherly Love. And that doesn’t even include the iconic Rocky films. The best movie Vancouver can claim as its own is Are We There Yet? And maybe the Twilight series, since the fictional town is based on Vancouver. But do you really want to take credit for that mess? As for Toronto, it’s home to movies such as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Repo Men and The Love Guru. We’re not talking Oscar winning movies here.