Philadelphia has had a "storied" history when it comes to professional soccer - outdoor teams like the Philadelphia Atoms, and Philadelphia Fury graced our area for at least a couple of years. Indoor teams like the Fever and the Kixx had a little bit more success. But really, Philadelphia never really embraced soccer - that's why it came as kind of a shock when I heard the City of Brotherly Love would once again give it a go with soccer.
Just for the record, I'm a soccer fan - I've played it since I was a little tyke, and I enjoy watching it. I'm sure I'll probably attend at least a few games next year when the franchise starts playing.
Here's the thing though. I'm really not thrilled about the name. Certainly any of the previous names that Philly used for it's soccer team would've been better than this. That's right, folks - the new name of the Philadelphia soccer team is the "Union." Really? Union? Is this the best name to choose, considering how the UAW helped to sink the auto industry in the U.S.?
Hey, I think unions serve a good purpose ... but only until they get far too big and bloated for their worth. Understand, absolute power corrupts asolutely ... and sadly, we've seen it with just about every "big" union ever created. In Philly, we have so many unions, nothing gets done ... unless you have tons and tons of money (or friends in the local political offices).
I'm interested in finding out more about why this name was chosen. I mean, if they wanted to symbolize Philadelphia, why not use "Cheese-steaks," or "Soft Pretzels," or better yet, "Meter Maids."