Aug 28, 2013
CHESTER, Pa. - The players have reported for duty, both in the classroom and on the pitch. There's a full season of soccer ahead, but looming large is the Nov. 8 Army-Navy Cup II. The 80th renewal of the competition between the two service Academies will once again take place at PPL Park, the home of Philadelphia Union, of Major League Soccer.
For the players, it's the opportunity of a lifetime to play in a professional environment, surrounded by family and supporters. For the coaches, it's a chance to showcase their players and program in the soccer-rich Greater Philadelphia Region. Plus, this year, Army-Navy Cup II will be streamed live internationally, as the premier match in a package being produced by the National Soccer Coaches of Association of America. Members of our military around the globe will be able to witness the match, wherever they're stationed.
"We could not be more excited to play in the second Army-Navy Cup at PPL Park," reflected Army head coach Russell Payne. "Last year's event was a fantastic experience for our guys, not only having a great battle against Navy but also soaking in the tremendous atmosphere at PPL Park. I know this year's event will be no different."
Last year, nearly 4,000 fans enjoyed a spirited match that ended in a 1-1 tie. This year's clash will be the last game of the Patriot League's regular season for both teams.
"It's a great opportunity for both teams to experience playing in a professional atmosphere in such a big game," offered Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "Both programs are on the rise and will be factors in the Patriot League Tournament race; and there could be something extra riding on it as it's the last game of the regular season. Those things will only make what is already one of the biggest rivalries anywhere, an even better game."
"Philadelphia is a great city and it is a great opportunity for us to play at PPL Park again," said Navy senior defender and team captain Zach Davis. "The crowd was great last year and the fans added a lot of excitement to a game that is already very exciting. Now there is an extra twist this year with it being the last game of the regular season. It's nice to cap the season playing against Army, especially in such a great venue."
"Our guys are ecstatic about returning to PPL Park to take on Navy", said Army goalkeeper and team captain Winston Boldt. "But most importantly, we know that members of our military stationed all over the world will be able to watch this competitive soccer match. As collegiate athletes, nothing could possibly motivate us more than that. It is shaping up to be a memorable night."
Navy will open up the 2013 season at Davidson on Friday, August 30, while Army kicks off its season against VMI the same night at West Point's Clinton Field.
In cooperation with the Philadelphia Sports Congress--the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Board and Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau, since this match takes place at the start of Veterans Day weekend, hospitality packages have been created for those interested in taking in the historically rich sites in both Philadelphia and Delaware counties. Visit www.discoverPHL.com and www.brandywinecvb.com to find out more about the hotel and special packages being created for fans of Army-Navy Cup II.
ABOUT KEYSTONE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the ownership group of Philadelphia Union led by CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. The group launched the Philadelphia Union's inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened PPL Park on June 27, 2010. Since joining the MLS, the Union have faced off against European powers Celtic FC, Manchester United, Everton, Real Madrid, Schalke 04, Aston Villa and Mexican power Chivas de Guadalajara. PPL Park holds approximately 18,500 seats and has hosted various events such as the 2012 MLS All-Star Game, USWNT vs. China, 2012 Army/Navy Soccer Cup, 2012 Big East Men's Soccer Championship and 2011 and 2012 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships. Scheduled events in 2013 at PPL Park include the 2013 NCAA Men's College Cup. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com
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