Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: SoccerInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  Sports e-mail alerts  |  RSS

Site of Philly's Home Opener Unclear

The Philadelphia Union, which will become MLS's 16th team next season, might end up making its home debut at Lincoln Financial Field, the city's NFL stadium, sources around the league told the Insider.

MLS had hoped to announce pairings and dates for every club's home opener today, but will wait until next week in order to address issues in at least two cities. With the Union's 18,500-seat stadium under construction in nearby Chester and no certain date for completion, an alternate location for at least one game has been discussed with league officials. Franklin Field, a 52,000-seat artificial turf facility on the University of Pennsylvania's campus, was ruled out, one source said. Lincoln, which opened in 2003 and holds 68,000, has hosted the Women's World Cup, Gold Cup and international friendlies.

The MLS regular season will open March 25 (a Thursday) with one game and in earnest that weekend with seven matches. The schedule for the openers has undergone several revisions and might go through another. The most recent version has Philadelphia playing its first home match April 10 against D.C. United.

One scenario has United appearing in Dallas's home opener in the first or second week of the season.

By Steve Goff  |  September 16, 2009; 10:14 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: MLS Will Take World Cup Break
Next: Thursday Kickaround

Comments

Is this because the stadium won't be ready, or because Seattle has so many "super-fans" all 30k plus will travel to this opener to show MLS fans how to have an home opener (again)?

Tired of Seattle jokes? (As Seattle keeps beating our butts.

I hope the stadium gets built, I think 18500 will make for a great atmosphere and 68k will suck.

Posted by: grubbsbl | September 16, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Screw Seattle. Keep the jokes coming, those attendance numbers will take a kamikaze nose dive once those chumps start chumping out like every other team in Seattle aside from the Storm. No one wants to watch soccer played on fake grass or in built for piping in crowd noise american football stadiums.

That being said, I hope they get that stadium built in Chester in time for DCU's first visit, cuz come hell or highwater I'll be there with a gawd danged ACES scarf on and I'd much rather it be amongst people who are actually paying attention to this league RIGHT NOW.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 16, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, Seattle has only done once what we have done 14 times. At it is the least shiny of our shiny trophies.

Let them have their fun. The glare will wear off at some point . . probably right after they've played their 2nd or 3rd CCL play in game on a rainy weekday against Joe Public.

Either way, we have smaller fish to fry by beating the pants off of Philly in the opener. I say play it at a 10K seat high school football stadium in South Philly. Would make for a good atmosphere, at least.

Posted by: delantero | September 16, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Sounds good to me. Howza bout we throw our bikes down below on a Chinatown bus and make a meal out of it? Met someone at the Open Cup game talking about a "DCU alley cat"...

Posted by: DadRyan | September 17, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Sorry I also must point out that the only thing lamer than the "we win trophies" campaign is Seattle biting the graphic, putting it on a crappy t-shirt and selling it at their team store. For a club that's done everything *so right* you'd think they'd be a little more creative. WEAK!

Posted by: DadRyan | September 17, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Philly coming down to DC for our home opener sounds great.

Sure hope DCU's game is on a Saturday in beautiful Chester, PA. Would be nice, and smart of MLS, to start this rivalry off on the right foot.

Posted by: KireDCU | September 17, 2009 1:44 AM | Report abuse

KireDCU, I think Goff meant that Philly's first HOME game would be vs. United. I think it would be spectacular. I imagine a couple thousand United fans or so would make the trip, and the atmosphere at the Linc would be tremendous.

Although I'm a little curious, given the historical rivalry in general between the two cities, why MLS didn't want Philly to play its first game vs. the MetroTards? Or maybe their first road game will be at Pink Cow Park.

Posted by: kdiff813 | September 17, 2009 6:07 AM | Report abuse

The story is quite clear: Under the current (tentative) plan, Philly's home opener would be April 10 vs. DCU.

Both teams would begin the season weeks earlier. I do not know the date and opponent for DCU's home opener. One possibility is DCU starting the season at Dallas, hosting its first home game a week later, then visiting Philly.

Posted by: Steve Goff | September 17, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I don't know which I love more, Seattle jokes, or Joe Public jokes. Come to this thread, though, you'll get them both!

Posted by: crs2 | September 17, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Sounds good to me. Howza bout we throw our bikes down below on a Chinatown bus and make a meal out of it? Met someone at the Open Cup game talking about a "DCU alley cat"...

Posted by: DadRyan | September 17, 2009 12:17 AM

Can you drink on the Chinatown buses? If not, Amtrak has a bar car!

Oh and the Phillies don't open at home till April 12th, weekend prior is good timing for Union to get their opener in at the stadium complex.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 17, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

What I'm tired of is Seattle kicking DC United's rear from start to finish twice in ten days. Better management, better coach, better players. That's what I'm tired of.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 17, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The great Union supporters (who cheered for YEARS for a team that didn't exist) deserve an on-time stadium.

Vamos United, respect for Union. And RBNY is still irrelevant!

Posted by: bs2004 | September 17, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Kev29, I don't know if it's technically allowed on the Chinatown buses, but I've always drank on them. The nicer ones may be more or less likely to care, I couldn't be too sure. The attraction for me was the fact that they let you throw your bikes down below with the luggage without batting an eyelash and the price for open ended round trip tickets can't be beat.

I wouldn't really want to ride from Chinatown to Chester, but if they ended up playing at a highschool in South Philly I'd be down...;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | September 17, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

@grubssbl -- I'm guessing it's a combination of factors. It does seem really unlikely that the stadium and field in Chester will be ready. They lost a lot of construction time because of all the rain we had months ago. They will lose more time during the winter. It seems likely that they will need more time to finish things around the stadium -- maybe like Nats Park, they will start play with a lot of small things not done. More importantly,, they have to have a certain lead time to get the field in shape. Clearly, I'm no expert here, but I don't think they are anywhere close to laying down grass this Fall. That means they would have to wait for the Spring. I would think that the field would not be ready to go in early April, even if the stands are.

On the other hand, the home opener is the one day they can probably guarantee more than 18,000, so why not have it in a bigger stadium? Playing in the Linc is a great way to market this as a big event in Philly. I went to the Nats' first game at Citizens' Bank, so count me in for a big weekend game in Philly.

Posted by: fischy | September 17, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I went to the Nats' first game at Citizens' Bank, so count me in for a big weekend game in Philly.

Posted by: fischy | September 17, 2009 10:43 AM

Ditto - it was a great day, despite the loss and a stadium full of Philadelphians. Though I'm willing to put up with them in exchange for cheesesteaks...

Getting back to our balanced schedule chat, would be a shame if we played at the Linc, just because we wouldn't get another chance to play at Chester next season (barring Open Cup draw). But introducing the club in front of a big crowd at the football stadium wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 17, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I would be very disappointed if DCU was the very first home opponent for Philly. I was looking forward to making the trip to Chester and checking out the new stadium. I saw Man U-Barca at the Linc a few years ago -- it is a great stadium, but a football stadium all the same.

Posted by: jofij | September 17, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

why are we discussing Seattle when they aren't even mentioned in this article?

I hope philly opens in the large stadium and the fans come out. It would be nice to see them play in a stadium with 30,000+ fans before they go to DC and play in front of 8.

Posted by: Harem | September 17, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

why are we discussing Seattle when they aren't even mentioned in this article?

I hope philly opens in the large stadium and the fans come out. It would be nice to see them play in a stadium with 30,000+ fans before they go to DC and play in front of 8.

Posted by: Harem | September 17, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Because you guys are the most pompous, delusional, irritating fans in the league. Philly has been representing since long before the rave green darlings ever stepped foot on their plastic field. Go back to goalseattle, the east coast wants nothing to do with you circle jerkin' mickey mouse club consumers.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 17, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

No one in DC cares about the Sounders as much as DadRyan. Everyone else couldn't care less (except when we play them).

Posted by: alloh | September 17, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't live in DC.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 17, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

And it's funny to see a *spokesperson* chime in for *everyone* that I've NEVER seen post here before. WTFDYK?

Posted by: DadRyan | September 17, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Because you guys are the most pompous, delusional, irritating fans in the league. Philly has been representing since long before the rave green darlings ever stepped foot on their plastic field. Go back to goalseattle, the east coast wants nothing to do with you circle jerkin' mickey mouse club consumers.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 17, 2009 2:46 PM

is nappy time over now? ready to wake up and face the real world ryan?
you spent so much time trying to convince everyone on goalseattle that you loved Seattle until they kicked your DC arse and took the trophy, you said it wouldn't happen again but it did a week latter.
we are not delusional, we said we have the largest fan base and we do just look at the numbers, we said we would win the US Open Cup and we did just look at the trophy, and we said we would make it to the play offs just wait for it, it's comming. we are only irritating to you because we are better than you.
don't blame seattle fans for your underachieving team and lackluster fanbase, blame yourself.

Posted by: Harem | September 18, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

You're talking about nappy time and it took you over 24 hours to reply? Go sit on the space needle you poser.
Sh*ttle still Sucks! Can't wait for Portland to come into the league and make you Jetson's pull up your Utilikilts and reveal the fact that you're all a bunch of Red headed, stepchild eunuchs.
Don't make me come back over there and get banned again nerd.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 19, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

You guys also bit the DCU marketing imagery for your "Championship shirts". Real Classy dorks. Keep that up!
Vamos United!
Seattle Sounders will never be anything more than Scroungers!
Iregardless of all the money you d-bags throw at the thing.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 19, 2009 12:52 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company