This past Wednesday I observed a sure sign of spring at the Stroud Preserve when 8 Tree Swallows were noted flying over the Brandywine River. Yesterday another sign of spring was observed as Steve, Paddy and me donned blue apparel and started our annual migration to PPL Park in Chester PA for opening day for the Philadelphia Union. As luck would have it it was a beautiful day with a temperature approaching 60!
This marks a big year for us, we got Paddy his own season ticket this year. Seat 6, in Row J, in Section 101 is his. He is now a full member of the 4S club (The Sorry Suckers Soccer Supporters) which is a SOB subgroup (Son's of Ben).
The Union actually started their season last weekend in Portland where they play to a draw with the Timbers. It was a pretty exciting game as the Timbers tied it up with a goal in the last 30 seconds of the game. It wasn't a win for the Union, but more importantly, it wasn't a loss. Yesterday's game was squarely in the win column with a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution. So we appear to be off to a good start!
Also, back on March 4th, the Union had a "Meet the Team" event that was open to the public, however, season ticket holders got to go in first. Paddy and I went and were lucky enough to be the first season ticket holders in that they let in. This was awesome as we got to walk around and talk to all the players that we see out on the field. Check out photos of Paddy with all his favorite players as well as a few picture from opening day here.