The Union hosted its Pride Night match against Columbus Crew SC with a 3-0 shutout victory on Wednesday night. In an effort to promote inclusion within Philadelphia and soccer, the team showed their pride and recognition to the LGBTQ community with activities on the Toyota Plaza and pride colors throughout the stadium.
Handprint paint mural
Fans were able to place their handprint on a Union tarp with colors of the pride flag as a way to show inclusion with the LGBTQ community.
The Union decked out the stadium for Pride Night with rainbow colored goal nets and corner flags on the field. The captain's armband, worn by Alejandro Bedoya, was also rainbow colored to represent inclusion and show support for Philadelphia pride.
The Union also sold exclusive Pride Night merchandise at the Union Shop for the match. Fans were able to purchase pride colored shirts, scarves and socks to show their love for the Union and Philadelphia pride for the LGTBQ community.
As a part of Pride Night, there were two musical performances by DJ Jovi Baby and Gretchen Shultz. DJ Jovi Baby gave fans a pre-game performance on the Toyota Plaza while Shultz, an avid member of the LGBTQ community, sang the national anthem for the Union's match.
Valley Youth House and You Can Play
Valley Youth House and You Can Play were also a part of the Pride Night event on the Toyota Plaza. Valley Youth House raised awareness for youth experiencing homelessness who identify as LGTBQ with a couch on the plaza as part of their #CouchesDontCount campaign, while You Can Play promoted inclusion for all people in all aspects of sports, from players to coaches to fans.
Fans show support
Union fans were pleased with the activities and themes for Pride Night. The Union's Sons of Ben showed solidarity with people in the LGTBQ community with a "We Are One" banner and rainbow colored smoke for the team to walkout through before the match.
Without a doubt, when the Union had their first Pride Night, they did it big and they did it right.— gay4soccer (@gay4soccer) July 27, 2017