It has become a tradition in the United States for big European clubs to have training camp over here while the clubs are in preseason. This upcoming summer appears to be no different, and even teams that aren’t necessarily household names such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, or Chelsea are starting to get in on the action.
Philadelphia fans are used to seeing European clubs play against the Union, with Swansea City from the English Premier League playing the Union last summer as the most recent example.
So it doesn’t come as a total suprise that the Philadelphia Union announced today that they will be hosting an international friendly at Talen Energy Stadium between the Union and Eintracht Frankfurt from Germany’s Bundesliga in July. Eintracht Frankfurt returns to the United States this summer, after visiting the United States for the first time last summer, where they played against a few MLS teams including the San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew SC.
Eintracht Frankfurt will play the Union on Saturday, July 14th at 7 p.m. at Talen Energy Stadium. Eintracht finished in 11th place in the Bundesliga last season, six points and four spots from qualification for the Europa League, and five points and five places from the relegation spots. Eintracht are having a better season this year, as they sit in fourth place in the Bundesliga table which would be good enough for qualification for the Champions League.
Ticketing information, per the Union’s website, is as follows:
The match counts as the Bonus Game for all Union Full Season Ticket Members and is included in their memberships. Season Ticket Members and corporate partners will receive a pre-sale code to purchase additional tickets during an exclusive window beginning Tuesday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. ET and start at $25. Groups of 10 or more qualify for a discounted starting rate of $23. For all ticket information, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.
Union fans might remember that former players Tranquillo Barnetta and Oka Nikolov both played at Eintracht Frankfurt during their careers before making the switch to MLS. Currently, Eintracht has American international Timothy Chandler on its roster, although it’s too early to speculate what the roster will look like for the friendly at this point in time.
Watch for more details about the friendly to be announced in the upcoming months, but for now, the Union have at least one friendly scheduled for the summer in a month that already includes two home and two road games in league play and the potential for a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal — if they make it that far — on July 18.