Love Soccer? Check Out the 2012 MLS All Star Game on July 25th

Philly sports fanatics know the city's actually got a fifth major professional sports team. Sure, the Eagles, Philles, Flyers, and Sixers get most of the press, but we've also got a great Major League Soccer team, the Philadelphia Union. The Union actually play their games in Chester, Pennsylvania — just a short trek from Philly, accessible by SEPTA regional rail for car-free Philly renters — in PPL Park. This relatively new stadium is soccer specific, which means it offers fans of the sport incredible sightlines and an all-around world class experience watching the beautiful game.

Major League Soccer's season is ongoing, and the Philadelphia Union have quite a few remaining home games. And the Union are also lucky enough to host the 2012 MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park. This year's iteration of the MLS All-Star game will feature a side of MLS superstars competing against Chelsea, one of the English Premier League's best clubs. The match promises to be a wonderful spectacle, one Philly sports fans shouldn't miss.

Interested in making a trip from Center City Philadelphia out to PPL Park? The Philadelphia Union's website offers directions by car and via mass transit. To get to PPL Park by mass transit, Philly renters can take SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line to the Chester Transportation Center, then catch a free stadium shuttle on Front Street. The shuttle runs for four hours prior to kickoff, and runs return trips until the last fans have left PPL Park.

Click here for a schedule of upcoming Philadelphia Union matches!

Are You Planning To Catch A Sixers Playoff Game?

In case you missed it, the Philadelphia 76ers made the NBA playoffs again this season. Sure, we know the Flyers are making a run toward the Stanley Cup Finals and the Phillies season just started. But after a season of ups and downs, the Sixers once again advanced to pro basketball's biggest stage. As the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers are facing the stalwart Chicago Bulls, who finished the season with the NBA's best overall record.

One game's already in the books: Saturday's 103-91 loss at Chicago, a game marred by an injury to Bulls superstar Derrick Rose. There'll be one more game in Chicago before the series heads to Philadelphia and the Wells Fargo Center. Game Three will take place Friday, May 4th at 8 p.m.; Game Four, on Sunday, May 6th at 1 p.m.

Never been to an NBA Playoff game? The energy's much more intense than regular season games, and this is a great chance to cheer on the hometown Sixers while seeing another one of the league's best teams, up close and in person.

Located in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, the Wells Fargo Center is easily accessible from many Philadelphia neighborhoods. The Sports Complex offers ample parking and even boasts its own SEPTA station, the AT&T Station. Located at the end of the Broad Street Line, the Wells Fargo Center is accessible from an array of Philadelphia neighborhoods. Whether you rent an apartment in Fishtown, Fairmount, Queen Village, or University City, it's easy and convenient to get to a Sixers basketball game.

Great tickets are still available, so check the Philadelphia 76ers website for details. Go Sixers!

The Eagles Admit They Have a Problem

Acknowledging the approximately ten thousand points scored against them last season, the Philadelphia Eagles have acquired two-time Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans from the Houston Texans, in return for a fourth-round pick in this year's NFL Draft.

Ryans, 27, was Houston's team captain and all-time tackles leader, with 637. In other words, he's pretty darn good — but as long as former offensive coordinator Juan Castillo runs the defense — yes, he's still in charge of defense — we're skeptical.

6ABC has the full story here.

 

 

 

Have You Been To A Sixers Game Yet This Season?

We know, we know: they're not the Phillies, Eagles, or Flyers. But the Philadelphia 76ers somewhat quietly have been having one of the best seasons in recent team history. The Sixers currently lead the NBA's Atlantic Division, having a better record than their more celebrated division rival, the New York Knicks. Sure, Linsanity seemed like the biggest surprise story of the NBA season. But the 76ers's continued development might be an even bigger and — for Philadelphians — better surprise.

Of course, it's not a complete surprise. With the same coaching staff and a very similar roster, the 76ers challenged the superstar-heavy Miami Heat in last season's playoffs. And without any true superstars of their own, the Sixers have continued to play an efficient and unselfish style of basketball this season. Players like Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, and Evan Turner have helped turn the team into a quiet juggernaut. The 76ers are near the top of the league standings in point differential (a measure of how many more points the team scores than its opponents) and defensive efficiency, a measure of how few points the Sixers give up on defense. Read that as: they're good. Really good.

If you haven't yet seen the Sixers in person, you're in luck. The NBA season still has six weeks to go and the Philadelphia 76ers have remaining home games against teams like the Knicks, Celtics, Hawks, and Magic. The team frequently offers specials on tickets, like $59 Club Level seats. You can check the Sixers website for details on tickets and upcoming games.

Getting to the Wells Fargo Center is a simple journey, whether you live in Fishtown, East Falls, Queen Village, or Spruce Hill. A quick trek down SEPTA's Broad Street Line to AT&T Station takes you right to the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. Did we mention that concessions include Crabby Fries? Go already!

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