Sons of Ben

The Sons of Ben is a 501(c) (3) Pennsylvania based non-profit, membership organization.

The Sons of Ben, founded in January 2007, exists to support and develop the Delaware Valley soccer community. Through active, grassroots support, the Sons of Ben helped establish the momentum leading to the creation of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Philadelphia Independence of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league. In forging a relationship with Chester City, Delaware County and Pennsylvania State political leaders along with Major League Soccer, the vocal support of the group directly influenced the decision to award Philadelphia with an MLS franchise.

The Sons of Ben have provided a social outlet for soccer supporters to share common interests and be part of a larger community of sports fans in the 4th largest American media market. The organization has grown to include over 5,000 members throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and around the world. The Sons of Ben have also grown to oversee the Delaware Valley Infantry, a US Soccer supporters group based in Philadelphia region, and the Daughters of Betsy, a Philadelphia Independence (WPS) supporters group.
Charitable and philanthropic efforts have been central to the Sons of Ben since its founding, as evidenced by annual initiatives supporting the Bernardine Center in Chester, PA through its Help Kick Hunger campaign and ongoing efforts to support various other organizations close to the Delaware Valley soccer community.

The coming months will start a new chapter in the organizations noteworthy story with many historical events marking the arrival of the Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Independence and the Sons of Ben into the national spotlight.

A Word From Jeffrey Mitchell- Social Media Director, Sons of Ben

The past two weeks the world has been fixated on the greatest competition in all of sports the World Cup. Meanwhile I have been fixated on my all-time favorite competition the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.  The U.S. Open Cup is 16 years older than the World Cup and is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S. at 100 years old. The thing that makes USOC interesting to me is that it is open to all United States Soccer Federation affiliated teams, from amateur adult club teams to the professional clubs of Major League Soccer. In the Union's brief history we have squared off against non-MLS teams like the Rochester Rhinos, Ocean City Nor'easters, Harrisburg City Islanders, and the New York Cosmos. Playing teams from different tiers of American soccer makes for some of the best River End chants and antics you will ever witness.

The Union will be doing their best to live up to the legacy of the team their third kit pays homage to local 5 Time U.S. Open Cup Champions Bethlehem Steel FC. Three more wins = One U.S. Open Cup Trophy for the Philadelphia Union. I hope you will all consider attending the next USOC game with me on Tuesday July 8th at PPL Park.

Follow all of the U.S. Open Cup action at TheCup.us or on Twitter atwww.Twitter.com/USOpenCup

© copyright 2014, Sons of Ben.  Main image by Earl Gardner.