Preseason schedule

Union preseason match dates announced

Philadelphia Union announced on Tuesday it will be participating in the 2017 Rowdies Suncoast Invitational preseason tournament in St. Petersburg, Fl., Feb. 18-25.

Here’s the Union’s tournament schedule:

Saturday, February 18: vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (Al Lang Stadium, 7:30 pm)
Wednesday, February 22: vs. Montreal Impact (Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, 7:00 pm)
Saturday, February 25: vs. DC United (Al Lang Stadium, 5:00 pm)

Tickets to the games will be available through Ticketmaster.com and will go on sale on Thursday, January 19, at 9 am. Also participating in the tournament are Chicago Fire and Toronto FC (click here for the full tournament schedule).

In 2016, the Union played DC, Tampa Bay, and New York Red Bulls in the tournament, finishing with a 1-1-1 record. The Union also played three other preseason game in 2016, opening with Jacksonville Armada, as well as Chicago Fire and Toronto.

The Rowdies Suncoast Invitational will be the feature of the second phase of the Union’s preseason. Preseason training will begin on Monday, January 23 with a  camp in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. After that, the team will depart for Clearwater, Fl. for training, January 31-February 10. The team will take a break February 11-13, before resuming training in Florida on February 14. The preseason camp will conclude on February 26.

Union Chief Business Officer Tim McDermott said in a statement, “The Rowdies Suncoast Invitational is a terrific opportunity for Earnie, Jim and the players to prepare for the 2017 MLS season against elite competition. We are excited for Union supporters to have the chance to see their team in game action as part of our preseason in Clearwater. The City of Clearwater continues to provide us with world class training facilities which help accelerate our development.”

If you are interested in information about preseason fan events in Florida, contact the Union at [email protected].

3 Comments

  1. A far cry from getting into fights in Costa Rica.

  2. Wow, a full months notice this year. I think last year’s tournament was announced like 10 days before it started. Glad they’re still doing the Rowdies tourney as I live equal-distance to both game sites and should make it to all 3 games. Hopefully Earnie and Albright sit a few seats over from me like last year so I can eavesdrop on their conversation.

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