It might be difficult to believe, but the Philadelphia Union will make its debut in less than four months.
Major League Soccer's 16th club will begin play in March in Seattle and while the Seattle Sounders set a new standard for expansion success, there are signs that Philadelphia could have similar success. No, I'm not talking on the field success just yet (the Union has yet to really put a team together), but rather off the field success in terms of fan support and all the other components that go into having a strong and healthy franchise.
Here is my piece on the Union for ESPN.com. Yes, the Union still have a ways to go to be able to match the resounding success in Seattle, but there are definitely signs of good things coming from Philadelphia.
What do you think about the arrival of the Union? See the club being a hit? Excited for the rivalries that will be born? Looking forward to seeing what Peter Nowak can do with the club?
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