Keasel Broome grew up about five miles from where Subaru Park sits so when the home of the Philadelphia Union played host to the Big East Championship in 2013, the prospect of winning a trophy in his hometown stadium became a reality.
“With me being so close to PPL at the time that was something where I remember I sat down with the guys and I said hey it would mean the world to me if I could go home,” Broome said in a recent interview for At Home x3.
The loss of his dad to cancer was still fresh at the time so emotions were running high when the Providence College goalkeeper and his team made it to the final of the tournament, but a trophy wasn’t in the cards that day in November 2013. Marquette won 3-2 despite a late rally capped by Julian Gressel’s 87th minute goal.
The Friars got back to the championship again a year later and this time won it all with a 2-1 comeback win over Xavier before going on an incredible run all the way to the College Cup semifinal.
Broome’s mom, who was living in Las Vegas at the time, flew back to catch both the semifinal and final, which was tied 1-1 before Markus Naglestad delivered a game-winner in the 81st minute.
“She will even still replay that game to this day,” Broome said of the final. “She was actually upset one time when the Big East took it off their replay list.”
One of the lasting memories of that day was the emotional moment when Broome ran over to his mom and his family members in the stands.
“Snotty tears,” Broome’s Providence teammate Nick Sailor recalled. “That’s when you know it hits deep.”
Broome went on to play professionally for the New York Cosmos, Harrisburg City Islanders and Pittsburgh Riverhounds and most recently played for Pittsburgh Hotspurs in the NPSL and has represented Barbados on the international level.
That November day in Chester is still near the top of a short list of all-time favorite soccer memories.
“It was unbelievable, a great feeling,” Broome said.
The Big East Championship moved back entirely to campus venues the following season in 2015. The only trophy celebrations in Chester since were when Sporting Kansas City won the 2015 U.S. Open Cup final and Stanford won the College Cup in 2017.