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.

Poor Richard’s SoB Almanack 7.4.09

Happy Independence Day! Gold Cup Quarterfinal tailgate – now with menu goodness!

We’ve put together a basic menu for the tailgate for the Gold Cup Quarterfinal matches on July 18th (That the US will be in provided they finish first or second in a group that includes Granada and Haiti). The more people we get to sign up the more we can expand the menu. You can see the menu and sign up for the tailgate on the link below. Overall a fantastic deal for $12! Add in a supporters’ section ticket that’s good for both games for only $25 and you’ve got a cheap day of international soccer. The tailgate will be in the Linc parking lot, exact starting time depending on when the US game is (but definitely in the early afternoon). We need to cut off shirt orders in the next couple of days so we can get them made…we’ll continue to take tailgate orders up until a few days before, but we cannot take cash for the tailgate in the parking lot for multiple reasons, so make sure you’re signed up beforehand. Fill out the form separately for each person coming. We hope to see you there.

Menu and sign-up form: http://www.sonsofben.net/2009/04/sons-of-ben-section-gold-cup-tickets-on-sale-now/

To buy tickets in the supporters’ section (SoB/DVI as well as Sam’s Army and the American Outlaws) go here and put sob2010 in the “Promotions and Special Offers” field, put how many tickets you want to the left of that and click “Find Tickets”: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0200427989D03BC0

Gold Cup group stage this week No organized parties tonight for the 9:00 game vs. Grenada in Seattle, but people will likely be at the usual spots, and the game will be on FSC and Telefutura (like all the Gold Cup matches).

On Wednesday the US face Honduras in DC at 9. We’ll have parties at the Dark Horse downtown and Iron Abbey in Horsham.

Next Saturday the Nats play Haiti in the last group game in Boston at 7. Viewing parties are at the Grey Lodge in Northeast Philly and the Dark Horse.

Independence Day! The Philadelphia Independence announced their logo today. To see it as well as the reasoning behind the different elements on it, visit their website: http://www.wpsphillyindependence.com/logo-unveiling/ They’re also taking pre-signups for season tickets, and everyone that signs up is being sent a kit with a shirt, bracelet and information about the team. To sign up go here: http://www.wpsphillyindependence.com/tickets/

US Open Cup Quarterfinals Congratulations go out to the Harrisburg City Islanders for coming back after being down at halftime and beating the New England Revolution 2-1 after extra time on a rain-soaked field. They go on to face DC United, who beat Ocean City 2-0 in a hard-fought contest, the game being scoreless until the 77th minute. The game is on Tuesday at 7:30 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD. DC United won the Cup last year, but two years ago Harrisburg knocked DC out of the tournament with a scrappy 1-0 win. If you’re planning on joining the traveling Harrisburg contingent along with some of the rest of us wear light blue and we’ll see you there!

SoB Scarf Voting, final round Vote now on the final round of SoB 2009 scarf voting here: http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1085861 Only registered votes count, so make sure you’re logged-in first, and look for an order form here in the ‘nack soon!

Any other questions, please don’t hesitate to reply.

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