We have been watching the Philadelphia Union play some stellar matches of soccer this season. It is no surprise that the team has cinched a spot in the playoffs. With their win last Saturday against Atlanta United, they not only cinched their playoff spot, but also regained first place in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Eastern Conference.

On top of the league

For the fifth week this year, coach Jim Curtain was named “Coach of the Week,” while Kacper Przybylko and Haris Medunjanin both earned Team Players of the Week. Przybylko is also officially tied for sixth overall in the league in goals with 13 and is now third on the Union’s all-time goals in a single season list. Another key player for the team is Kai Wagner, who picked up his eighth assist against Atlanta United and now leads all MLS defenders in assists. Additionally, he is tied with Sheanon Williams for the all-time club record for single-season assists by a defender.

Eight Union players receive international call-ups

Last Friday, eight players received call-ups ahead of this week’s FIFA international window. Brenden Aaronson, Matt Freese, Auston Trusty, and Mark McKenzie all got the call for the United States Under-23 squad. Andre Blake (Jamaica), Warren Creavalle (Guyana), Marco Fabian (Mexico), and Olivier Mbaizo (Cameroon Under-23) got recognition as well.

Vamos La U

Los compañeros de equipo celebrarán la Herencia Hispana y la Unidad Internacional!

Philadelphia Union have announced a series of events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). The theme for this year’s festivities is “Vamos La U,” a phrase that Union fans coined in support of the team.

The Union kick off festivities early with an international friendly against Liga MX club Pumas UNAM on September 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Talen Energy Stadium. From there, the Union will appear at and host the following community events and games:

Hispanic Heritage Month

Philadelphia Union International Friendly vs. Pumas
Date: Sept. 7
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Talen Energy Stadium – Chester, PA
Philadelphia Union will host Liga MX Club Pumas UNAM in an international friendly match. The game will feature Spanish PA announcer Ariel Palacios and will recognize Mexican diplomat María del Rocío Vázquez Álvarez as the Honorary Captain. The Union team will wear custom numbers that celebrate the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month during the game and DJ Jholi from El Zol radio will DJ in the stadium during pregame warm-ups.

Mexican Independence Day Festival
Date: Sept. 15
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Join the Union at the city’s annual Mexican Independence Day Festival at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The Union will also have board games, prizes, giveaways, and a special appearance by team mascot Phang.

Puerto Rican Parade
Date: Sept. 29
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Eakins Oval
Fans are invited to march with the Philadelphia Union in Philadelphia’s annual Puerto Rican Parade. Parade goers can keep an eye out for giveaways tossed throughout the parade route.

Unity Cup Final at Talen Energy Stadium, presented by Goya Foods
Date: Oct. 12
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Talen Energy Stadium – Chester, PA
For the second straight year, the Philadelphia Union will host the Philadelphia International Unity Cup. The Philadelphia International Unity Cup, presented by Goya Foods, is a World Cup-style tournament, which will culminate with the championship game on Saturday, October 12, 2019.
Among teams representing Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East, in addition to include Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

Additionally, any charities or nonprofit organizations that benefit or support the Hispanic community can receive special access to tickets for the September 7 and October 6 home matches by visiting the following site: https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/hispanic-heritage-month-union-vs-pumas-tickets

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