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Union Set to Depart for Clearwater, Florida Continuing Preseason

January 27, 2017 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Philadelphia Union News Release

CHESTER, Pa. ( Jan. 27, 2017) - Philadelphia Union will leave for Clearwater, Florida on Tuesday, Jan. 31 to continue their 2017 preseason. The club will train and participate in scrimmages in the first leg of their preseason in Florida. The club will compete in the 2017 Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, a preseason tournament that takes place at both Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg and the Joe DiMaggio Complex in Clearwater from Feb. 18-25.

In part with the club's partner at Visit Saint Pete/Clearwater, Philadelphia Union will be training in Clearwater, Florida for the third consecutive season.

PHILADELPHIA UNION SEASON CREDENTIALS

Philadelphia Union media members interested in covering the club for the 2017 regular season are required to apply for a credential through the club's media website HERE . To be considered for a season credential for the 2017 season you must apply through the club's application process. The deadline for the credential process is Monday, Jan. 30.

PHILADELPHIA UNION HEAD COACH JIM CURTIN PRESS CONFERENCE

Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin will be available via conference on the first leg of the trip on Wednesdays. Time will be determined in the club's weekly schedule release that will be sent out on Monday. Jan 30. Those who would like to join the call can dial 800-582-3014 and enter the code 17252609, followed by the pound sign (#) for access to the call. Upon entering the call, please announce your name and outlet, and then mute your line for the duration of the call, unless asking a question. A Philadelphia Union communications staff member will moderate.

PLAYER/COACH INTERVIEW REQUESTS

To schedule an interview, please contact Matt Bodiford . All player/coach requests must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance. All interviews will be available on the Philadelphia Union box and Soundcloud page by visiting Soundcloud.com/philadelphiaunion. Media outlets will be alerted and sent information on how to access video interviews while the club is in Florida.

2017 Preseason Friendly and Training Scrimmages (subject to change):

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

Club departs for Clearwater, Florida

Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 1-3

Training in Clearwater, Florida

Saturday, Feb. 4

Scrimmage vs. D.C. United (Closed Door)

Sunday, Feb. 5

OFF

Monday, Feb. 6

Training in Clearwater, Florida

Tuesday. Feb. 7

Scrimmage vs. U.S. U-17 National Team (Closed)

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Training in Clearwater, Florida

Thursday, Feb 9

Scrimmage vs. Chicago Fire (Closed)

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 10-12

OFF

Monday, Feb. 13

Training at Power Training Complex Grounds

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Club departs for Clearwater, Florida

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Scrimmage vs. Orlando City SC (Media Access: last 15 minutes)

Thursday-Friday, Feb. 16-17

Training in Clearwater, Florida

Saturday, Feb. 18

Match vs. Tampa Bay (Suncoast Invitational)

Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 19-21

Training in Clearwater, Florida

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Match vs. Montreal Impact (Suncoast Invitational)

Thursday-Friday, Feb. 23-24

Training in Clearwater, Florida

Saturday, Feb. 25

Match vs. D.C. United (Suncoast Invitational)

Sunday, Feb. 26

Depart for Philadelphia

CLICK HERE: For Union vs. Tampa Bay Suncoast Invitational Tickets

CLICK HERE: For Union vs. Montreal Suncoast Invitational Tickets

CLICK HERE: For Union vs. D.C. United Suncoast Invitational Tickets

The Union begin the 2017 campaign by playing at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday, March 5 (9:30 p.m. ET) before returning to Talen Energy Stadium for the 2017 home opener on Saturday, March 11 against Toronto FC (4:30 p.m. ET). In addition to Season Tickets, fans can now purchase Partial Plans and Group Tickets for all Philadelphia Union matches at Talen Energy Stadium. For the first time, the Union will be offering a Fully Flex 9 Game Plan where fans can select their games along with a Tiered Flex 5 Game plan. Fans can purchase or find out more info by visiting PhiladelphiaUnion.com/tickets or calling 1-877-21-UNION.

ABOUT PHILADELPHIA UNION

Philadelphia was awarded the 16th Major League Soccer franchise on Feb. 28, 2008 and the Union were officially named on May 11, 2009. Owned and operated by Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, the group launched the Philadelphia Union's inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened Talen Energy Stadium on June 27. Throughout the club's history, the Union have reached the Lamar Hunt U .S. Open Cup Final in 2014 and 2015, and have also reached the MLS playoffs in 2011 and 2016. In 2017, Philadelphia Union will celebrate eight years of top-flight action at Talen Energy Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium that has hosted internationally known clubs Celtic, Chivas de Guadalajara, Everton, Schalke 04, Aston Villa, Pumas UNAM, Stoke City, Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com .


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