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.


Sons of Ben

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Welcome to the Sons of Ben! We are a supporters group for the Philadelphia Union and you can find us in the River End (TRE) of Talen Energy Stadium for every home game and more. Founded in January 2007, the club aims to support and develop the Delaware Valley soccer community and our efforts helped establish the momentum leading to the creation of the team here in Philadelphia. Sounds too crazy to think that a rowdy bunch of soccer fans could catch the attention of politicians and the MLS, but there’s even a movie (imdb, amazon) if you don’t believe us!

If you’re new to us, don’t fret, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know and hopefully we can convince you to come sing with us. We are an inclusive club welcoming all supporters of the U, even if you can’t join us physically in the River End. We have everything from schedules to song lyrics here and we’ll be adding more events as we schedule them. So let’s get started!

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