Wednesday, February 27, 2008

MLS Expansion - League to make 'major announcement' in Philly

As rumored, MLS will award the 16th franchise tomorrow afternoon to Philadelphia. MLS Commissioner Don Garber will join members of the local ownership group along with the governor and other political officials on Thursday at 2pm at Turbine Hall.

Fans are welcome to stop by and cheer on their new team.

Now the question becomes what to call the club. The main names floating around are the Philadelphia Athletics and Philadelphia Independence. Last week I placed a poll up asking what name folks preferred but both currently stand tied at 29% each (although 31% don't want either name), so there does not seem to be a fan favorite. It will be interesting to see if the owners try the Dynamo route and have a 'pick the name' contest or if they go with Seattle and just ask folks to submit names from which they will pick.

No matter what their name, they will start play in 2010, thus adding the final piece to the East coast rivalry (DC-Philly-NY-New England). Hopefully the close locations will allow fans to travel to more matches.

Congrats to Philadelphia and the Sons of Ben on getting this club.

Here are the full details:
Turbine Hall
The Wharf at Rivertown
2501 Seaport Drive
Chester, PA, 19013

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4 Comments:

Blogger CACuzcatlan said...

Ben Franklin F.C.

Its not unheard of for a team to be named after a person, although it is rare. It would definitely be unique in U.S. sports and very fitting for the city.

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Julio said...

Congratulation to the Sons of Ben from Miami Ultras supporters club in Miami. We hope we will next.

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Julio said...

Congratulation to the Sons of Ben from Miami Ultras supporters club in Miami. We hope we will be next.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Mike H said...

cacuzcatlan,

Ben Franklin FC would be a very interesting pick. I do like the uniqueness of it and it would blend perfectly with the supporters club.

9:29 AM  

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