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.

Gold Cup Quarterfinal tailgate location and directions

Regardless of whether or not you purchased a tailgate package from us all US supporters are welcome to join us at our tailgate location. It's highlighted in red on the map below: tailgate1

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If you need an address to plug in your GPS use 3850 S. Darien St., Philadelphia, PA. If you want to get a Google map, click here and put your address in.

If you're coming down 76 from Center City and points west you'll come in the top left-hand corner of the picture. Take the Broad St. Exit and make a right at the end of the ramp. Make a left on Pattison, drive between the stadiums and make a right on Darien, so the Linc is on your right. There will be a large building on your left, turn in the lot on the left after that, directly before the road hooks to the right.

If you're coming down 76 across the Walt Whitman Bridge from Jersey you'll come in the top right-hand corner of the picture. Take the Broad St. Exit and make a left at the end of the ramp. Make a left on Pattison, drive between the stadiums and make a right on Darien, so the Linc is on your right. There will be a large building on your left, turn in the lot on the left after that, directly before the road hooks to the right.

If you're coming down 95 from Center City and points north you'll come in the bottom right-hand corner of the picture. Take the Broad St. Exit. Make a right on Pattison after you pass the Spectrum, drive between the stadiums and make a right on Darien, so the Linc is on your right. There will be a large building on your left, turn in the lot on the left after that, directly before the road hooks to the right.

If you're coming down 95 from the airport and points south you'll come in the bottom left-hand corner of the picture. Take the Broad St. Exit. Make a right on Pattison after you pass the Spectrum, drive between the stadiums and make a right on Darien, so the Linc is on your right. There will be a large building on your left, turn in the lot on the left after that, directly before the road hooks to the right.

If you're taking public transportation get on a southbound local Broad St. (orange) line subway. Pattison is the last stop. When you come out you'll see the Spectrum and Citizens Bank Park. Walk between them, then make a right on Darien. Walk down alongside the Linc and we'll be on your left.

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