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.

SoB/DVI World Cup Qualifier viewing parties for 9/5 and 9/9

The US plays two very important World Cup Qualifying matches in early September. Here's the low-down on where to watch with your fellow fanatics. Both on the 5th at 8:00 and on the 9th at 7:00 we'll be at the Dark Horse Pub in Philly: View Larger Map

On the 5th for the game against Costa Rica from Sandy, UT we'll also be at the following places:

PJ Whelihan's in Cherry Hill: View Larger Map

Make sure you get a wristband when you get there to take advantage of specials for our members, including $3 Guinness, Smithwicks and Harp pints, $2 domestic drafts, $7 Guinness BBQ ribs and $5 burgers. The party starts at 7:00. There'll be live music after the match is over if you want to stick around.

The Pike Cafe in Reading:

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On the 9th the US travels to Trinidad with a 7:00 start time. Find us at the Dark Horse (see top) or the following places:

The Grey Lodge in Northeast Philly: View Larger Map

The Horsham Inn across from the Willow Grove Air Base: View Larger Map

Trooper Thorn's in Reading has been canceled. Sorry for the inconvenience.

For those unable to make it out, the games are both on ESPN Classic...but we hope to see you out with us!

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