The Philadelphia Union have excelled in their first 2 seasons of MLS play. An opening season saw exciting moments for the franchise, and showed promise. Promise they lived up to in their second season. With some key offseason pickups, and building on the success of the previous season, the Union fought at the top of the Eastern conference all season. And now, their 3rd season looms.
And expectations are high. And apparently not just in Philadelphia. The MLS expects big things out of Philadelphia too. Philadelphia has been chosen to host the MLS All-Star game. The game will be July 25th, and will be held at the most picturesque park in the MLS, PPL Park. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. No opponent has been set yet, but if trends follow, PPL Park will play host to a team the likes of Macnhester United.
So season expectations are high. The fate of Sebastian Le Toux still hangs in the air with Bolton. But regardless of Le Toux's fate, the Union have added attacking power. A lot of attacking power. And the defense has been bolstered too. The Union are preparing for a 3rd season and for a deep run in the playoffs. And the MLS plans on putting them in the spotlight.
I, for one, can't wait for the season to start. The additions to our roster, especially on the attack, show offensive promise the Union did not have last season. And knowing that the MLS is bringing one of it's marquee events to Philadelphia shows the MLS is expecting big things out of the Union too.