Though the Philadelphia Union are off to a slow start, the team does have some new opportunities coming its way this season. Although the team dropped the first three games in the regular Major League Soccer season, the Union now seems to have all of its major players back with the team and had some time off to improve the game plan for the players. Hopefully, the team will be back on track when the Union plays the Columbus Crew at home on Saturday, April 14, 2012.
The Union recently announced that the team would be hosting FC Schalke 04, the team that is the 2011 German Supercup winner. The game will be held on May 9, 2012 at PPL Park Stadium. Season ticket holders are currently able to purchase tickets to the match and those who do not have season tickets will be able to purchase tickets soon. Tickets will start at $25.
This is just one of three international games that will be held at PPL Park Stadium this year. On July 18, the Union will host Aston Villa. Tickets to this game were automatically given to season ticket holders. PPL Park Stadium will also be hosting the All-Star game. On July 25, the MLS All-Star team will be facing Chelsea FC. All of these games are great opportunities for the Union and for PPL Park Stadium and the Union's fans.
As a fan of the Union, of course I am disappointed by how the season is going so far. I do have hope that the team will be able to come back from the break in better shape, but I'm not holding my breath. That the team has the opportunity to play in these high profile international games is great, but if the team is not up to the task it will be a disaster. If the Union cannot compete in the matches, it could be an embarrassment for the Union, and to some extent the fans of the Union. The United States will already not be participating in the Olympics. The last thing the players need is less confidence in their skills. Hopefully, the Union will come back from the break ready to go and get the team's first victory of the season.
Kristin Watt lives in central Pennsylvania and has no local major league sporting teams in the area .She has chosen to adopt Philadelphia's teams, including the Philadelphia Union, as her own home teams. Philadelphia is close enough to make a daytrip out of a game and still not have to get a hotel room.