Tonight, at PPL Park in Chester, PA at 6 P.M., the Philadelphia Union's staff will host a 'visiting' squad made up of members of the Sons of Ben, the team's supporters group.
Last year the Sons of Ben fell 2-1 to the Union staff team after current interim head coach John Hackworth, who was the assistant coach under Peter Nowak in 2011. They chose to change up their squad recruitment process this time around, deciding to pre-select a portion of the team (taken from Sons of Ben Casa teams), while also holding tryouts to round out the rest of their side.
The Union will feature players such as Mike Quarino, Vice President of Ticket Sales and Fan Services, at goalkeeper, and Hackworth. Quarino held the Sons of Ben to a single goal despite multiple scoring opportunities.
The Sons of Ben will be led by Vice President Corey Furlan, who scored in last year's match.
Furlan and Nick Sakiewicz, CEO and Managing Partner, had their second ever dual press conference and once again trash talked the entire time.
"I hope you play sweeper again," Furlan said, glancing over at Sakiewicz.
"Why, what position are you playing?" Sakiewicz retorted.
"I'll be the guy running past you with the ball."
This year's edition will be extended to a full 90 minutes, up from 60 minutes in the first ever game.
Kickoff will be at 6:00. Last year, you helped raise $25,000 for Chester City United.
The River Cup pits a team of SoBs against representatives of the Union front office in a game unlike anything else in the league, with the Union players in the stands for a change. Tickets are $10, available at the door. All proceeds go to the Philadelphia Union Foundation (www.philadelphiaunion.com/foundation) to support charitable programs in Chester and the surrounding areas.