After years of waiting, Philadelphia-area soccer fans will finally see their MLS team be born tonight when the Philadelphia Union takes on the Seattle Sounders (9:30pm, ESPN2).
It could be a rough first season for the new team and first-year head coach Peter Nowak, but the passionate fanbase coupled with the soon-to-be-completed PPL Park should help the newest expansion team enjoy success, at least off the field.
The moment isn't just special for Philly fans, it is also significant for fans of New York and D.C. United, two clubs within two hours of driving to Chester, Pa. Philadelphia's rivalries with the Red Bulls and D.C United promise to be some of the most passionate MLS has ever seen.
Here is our question for you Philly (and non-Philly) fans who have been waiting for a team of your own for some time. What does the official birth of the Philadelphia Union mean to you?
Share your thoughts below.