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 @ the 2011 MLS SuperDraft: Bus Trip

It's almost here!!! The first BIG event for the 2011 season next week and we have now have some details to share for the bus trip down to Baltimore. Members who signed up for the bus trip should have received emails confirming your seat on the trip. For members who will be making the trek to the new home of DC United feel free to use this information as needed but please keep in mind that seating is limited at the draft and most of the supporters sections have been reserved for those on the buses.

Departure from PPL Park: The buses will be leaving PPL Park at 8:30am SHARP!!! We highly advise you to be there by 8am so that we can get you on the bus and we can leave on time!

Parking: We're still waiting on the details for this from the team and will relay the information as soon as we get it.

Arrival in Baltimore: 11am. Depending on the travel time the plan is to have the buses stop at Tir na Nog (Google Map) then have a march from there to the convention center.

The Draft: The draft starts at Noon and lasts for 3 rounds. Once it is complete the plan is to head back to Tir na Nog for a casual meet and greet with the team and, hopefully, our newest family members!

Departure from Baltimore: Buses will be departing from Tir na Nog at 7:30pm. Be sure not to miss your ride home.

We would HIGHLY encourage anyone who plans on meeting us down there and wants to participate in the march to follow us on Twitter as well as the follow this hashtag: #SoBDraftBus. We will try to post any on the fly updates there so that everyone has access to it on their mobile.

Once we have more information from the team we will pass it along but if you have any questions before hand please email us via the Contact Us form on this site.

More resources:

Philadelphia Union - 2011 MLS SuperDraft

The Brotherly Game - Draft Coverage and more...

Philly Soccer Page - Ongoing Coverage of all Philly Soccer

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