Philadelphia Union take on LAFC: Who’s better in MLS?

The club’s inaugural season was in 2010, and Brendan Skwirut has attended games since. The Union went to the final like an outsiderbut the underdog spirit is what made Skwirut embrace the club early on.

“We like to be the underdogs,” Skwirut said. “We want to go out there and show people what we have got and that’s what motivates us to go out there and play better.”

Thousands of fans showed up at Subaru Park on Nov. 5, 2022 for an evening to watch the Philadelphia Union MLS Cup Final. (Cory Sharber/WHY)

The Sons of Ben supporters group came out in force to support the club. One of the members, Richard Ransom, has watched the team since its first season, and he can’t believe how the Union has become one of the best clubs in MLS.

“Started at the bottom, now we’re here,” Ransom said. It’s about, it makes sense now, and we’re in it right now.

A group of people wearing Philadelphia Union jerseys pose for a photo.
Groups of supporters, including members of the Sons of Ben, could be found around Subaru Park soaking up the atmosphere on Nov. 5, 2022. (Cory Sharber/WHYY)

philadelphia cream completed at the top of the Eastern Conference this year, led by the 2022 MLS Coach of the Year Jim Curtin. The team’s success was propelled by a supporting cast of four players who made the MLS best eleven roster, including Defender of the Year Jacob Glennes and Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake.

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