There's a reason why Philadelphia's team is called the Union.
Besides all the history with Philadelphia and the Revolutionary War and the American Union Army, there was another aspect the organization wanted to convey in its name.
A team is a whole unit. They win and lose as a team. They work in unison, as one. They are truly a Union. And they are stronger than just one player.
In 2017, there have been great individual efforts. CJ Sapong has tied the team's single season goal record and is setting career highs. Andre Blake is having arguably a better season than his 2016 Goalkeeper of the Year campaign. Jack Elliott is putting together a Rookie of the Year season as well.
But even with these individual accomplishments, there have been other players who have helped contribute to that individual success.
Sapong can't score 14 goals without players such as Fafa Picault, Haris Medunjanin or Chris Pontius feeding him the ball so he can find the back of the net. Andre Blake can't register a clean sheet without his entire backline chipping in and helping shutdown the opponent's attack. And Jack Elliott can't put in a fantastic rookie season without the mentoring of veterans such as Oguchi Onyewu and Ray Gaddis.
The "Stronger Than One" mentality extends off the field as well. The team can't be successful without the support of the Sons of Ben and the rest of its fans. Those in attendance at every match at Talen Energy Stadium helps fuel and energize the team, as well as creating an intimidating atmosphere for opponents to come in to.
And the fans are just an extension of Philadelphia as a whole. The team puts forth an effort match in and match out to show hard work and dedication to a craft can bring about the best in everyone around you. When you do your job, it allows others to perform their job at their best abilities. Together, the team, and the city as a whole, becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
The Union are truly that, a Union. They are Stronger Than One. And you can be a part of that by being in the stands during the 2018 season.