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.

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2013 Help Kick Hunger Recap

Saturday’s Sons of Ben-organized Help Kick Hunger charity at McFaddens at Citizen’s Bank Park was a huge success. $8,300 was raised at the event, which featured appearances from the Philadelphia Union’s Brian Carroll, Zach Pfeffer and Jimmy McLaughlin. The recently retired Veljko Paunovic was also on hand.. Here’s a look at the fun, courtesy of Philly Soccer Page photographer Earl Gardner.

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River Cup Update: Rosters announced for July 15 charity match

Philadelphia Union and the Sons of Ben, the club’s supporters group, released today their official rosters for the inaugural River Cup that will take place at PPL Park on July 15. The charity event will feature some of the Union’s ownership including Jay Sugarman (Chairman), Nick Sakiewicz (CEO & Operating Partner) and Rob Buccini (investor) as well as executives and technical staff including Peter Nowak (Team Manager/Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations), John Hackworth (Coach), Rob Vartughian (Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coordinator) and Brendan Burke (Reserve Team Head Coach and Assistant Youth Director).

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Philadelphia Union Staff to Play the Sons of Ben in the Inaugural ‘River Cup’

Philadelphia Union’s staff will square off against the Sons of Ben, the team’s supporters club, in their inaugural River Cup charity match at PPL Park on July 15, the two organizations jointly announced today. The 6:30 p.m. game will benefit one of the Union’s community partners, Chester City United, with all proceeds going to the local youth soccer organization.

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SoB @ USA Rugby 7's Collegiate Championship; Special Ticket Pricing

The first weekend in June the Collegiate Rugby Championship is coming to PPL. Rugby sevens is a fast-paced version of rugby union, with short, exciting matches. There's a group stage and playoff rounds all in two days. Sevens is catching on strong in the US (our national team is quite competitive internationally) and will be an Olympic sport starting in 2016. Sixteen of the strongest collegiate sides in the country will be there, including Penn State and Temple.

We've worked out a special deal for our members for the event. $33 gets you a in-and-out ticket for the whole weekend, a voucher for a buy-one-get-one beer in the stadium, entrance to the block party, and a concert after the last match Saturday from the Dropkick Murphys. That's a $5 discount from the normal price. Be sure to enter the discount code: SOB to receive your discount! To buy tickets visit:

IMPORTANT: All tickets utilizing the discount code can be picked up the day of the event at the WILL CALL window are seated in Section 137 first then surrounding sections in the River End. Sales end on JUNE 1st so get your tickets today!!!

For more information on the USA Rugby 7's Collegiate Championship, please visit their website at:

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SoB and Reading United - Help Kick Hunger!

Upcoming Reading United Events
Reading United friendlies vs. Philadelphia Union (5/31) and Harrisburg Islanders (5/24)
Reading United Home Game (5/20): Mark McKently Scholarship Night

Reading United have kicked off their 2011 PDL campaign in dominating fashion winning 2 US Open Cup qualifiers against the Brooklyn Knights (3-1) and NJ Rangers (4-0)! Most importantly, in order to promote the upcoming series of friendlies among Union affiliates and help raise money for Help Kick Hunger, Reading United A.C. will be making a guest appearance at the SOB tailgate this weekend! Stop by the tent and introduce yourself! We hope to have a reserve player and Reading United and Union Reserve team coach guest appearances throughout the day!

To help raise money for Help Kick Hunger, Reading United will be selling raffle tickets for great prizes! Many unique items will be given away! Make sure you check out the Reading United tent at the tailgate! All net proceeds from the raffle will go to the Bernardine Center in Chester, PA!

Tickets for the Reading United exhibition games against the Philadelphia Union, May 31st at 7:30pm, and Harrisburg City Islanders, May 24th at 7:00pm, will be available at the tailgate or online at To skip the lines for these games, print-at-home tickets are available for purchase, courtesy of ShowClix, at costs are $10 each and are ALL general admission tickets. Fans can purchase a two game pack (tickets for both games) for $15. Both games will be held at Exeter High School’s Don Thomas Stadium. Last year, these games were a great opportunity to get pictures and autographs with your favorite Union players. Some of the best player access was at the Reading United vs. Union game in 2010!

Reading United would also like to announce during their next home game, Friday May 20th, against Ocean City F.C. All proceeds from this game will be donated to the Mark McKently Scholarship fund. Mark was an Oley Valley High School soccer player who was killed in an automobile accident earlier this year. Kickoff is at 7:30PM at Oley Valley High School.

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