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7 days, 4 games, 1 stadium = soccer heaven

So the next seven days sort of kick ass for soccer in the Philly area.

PPL Park in Chester will host four matches in seven days, all with different clubs, all games totally worth watching.

  • Both senior U.S. national teams come to town.
  • The top team in Major League Soccer visits the hometown team, bringing with them the nation’s best player and the world’s most famous player.
  • Mixed into that, we get the first college soccer matchup hosted by PPL Park.

That’s all in seven days. Slightly awesome for soccer fans.

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China — Wednesday, 7 p.m.

The U.S. women’s national team kicks it off tonight with a 7 p.m. match vs. China. If you don’t have tickets or don’t plan to find a way to get them, the match is live on ESPN2. The Philadelphia Independence, who made it to the WPS final in their first season this year, have three players on the national team: striker Amy Rodriguez, midfielder Lori Lindsey, and fullback Heather Mitts. China has one of the best national teams in the world. This is the first women’s national team match at PPL Park. And the World Cup is next year. Should be a good, intense match. Click here to buy tickets.

Philadelphia Union vs. Los Angeles Galaxy — Thursday, 8 p.m.

Landon Donovan and David Beckham lead the Galaxy into PPL Park for the first time. The Galaxy have the best record in MLS, the nation’s best player in Donovan, and the world’s most famous player in Beckham, who happens to still be pretty good, regardless of what his naysayers say. If you have any doubts, check out this killer free kick he scored on Saturday against Chivas USA.

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Meanwhile, the hometown Union aren’t so shabby either. Yeah, they won’t make the playoffs in this, their first year of existence, but they remain a fun team to watch, as evidenced by a pair of amazing plays by Michael Orozco Fiscal and Roger Torres to Sebastien Le Toux in Saturday’s match against Houston. The match is sold out, but it’s also televised live on ESPN2.

Villanova vs. South Florida — Saturday, 7 p.m.

This is the first major college match at PPL Park, as far as I know, but it’s much more than that. Yes, you get a pretty good college soccer program in Villanova that routinely produces MLS draft picks. But it also has some major charity tie-ins that make it worth you doing what you can to support it.

First, there’s fundraising for the Will Trippley Youth Development Foundation, which uses soccer and mentors to help kids growing up in Chester find ways to have a future without the violence that plagues parts of the city. The organization is named after Trippley, a former FC Delco soccer player with a college scholarship offer who was shot and killed near his Chester home in 2004. Also, there will be efforts to support the John Pawlowski Memorial Trust Fund, named for the 25-year-old Philadelphia police officer who was shot and killed last year in the line of duty, leaving behind a wife and unborn child.

Tickets are just $5. It’s so cheap that it’s totally worth your money. To buy tickets, click here (or just show up at the stadium to buy tickets there).

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Colombia — Tuesday, 8 p.m.

The first men’s national team match at PPL Park is also the third visit to the area by the team in the last year and a half. The last one, a friendly vs. Turkey just before this year’s World Cup, drew more than 50,000 fans. This isn’t quite the same, because we’re just after the World Cup, but it’s a chance to see some of the best players our country has to offer, including Michael Bradley, Tim Howard, and Clint Dempsey. Seriously, I don’t need to sell you on this game. To buy tickets, click here.

4 Comments

  1. Ed Farnsworth says:

    Widener had a double header with the men’s and women’s teams on September 17. The women played first, notching a 1-0 win over Wilkes. The men followed with a 2-2 draw with Neumann.

  2. Soccer heaven = groundskeepers hell lol, good thing were getting towards the end of the season

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