Update: Nick Sakiewicz Chat

Philadelphia team owner Nick Sakiewicz held a hour and a half chat with Sons of Ben members on the current state of the team. Here are the important parts:

1. Stadium – The team will break ground on the new Chester Stadium sometime this fall, though no specific date has been announced. The field will be natural grass – NO TURF! (Sorry Vet-lovers) The stadium will feature a section dedicated to the SoB with their own tunnel leading to the section shrouded in SoB signage. The ownership wants to have Philly-based food options in the stadium (ala the Phillies and C.B. Park) and hopefully, as per Nick’s request, a pub with Boddingtons on tap! Cheers to that! Also, the team is still looking for a training facility because they will not train on the field.

2. Uniforms/Colors – The color scheme will be announced Fall 2008 and the ownership wants YOU to be involved in the colors and logo design. Kits, jerseys, and other merchandise will be available late 2009 with preliminary merchandise being released in late 2008.
3. Team Stuff – The team has already begun interviewing coaches but will not make a decision until 2009. The same goes for the players as the team has begun scouting and recruiting but no one will be signed until late 2009. Local players – time to get into shape. Philadelphia will have an Academy designed to groom and develop 200-250 young talents (ages 8-16) as well as the team will have a series of open tryouts and invite only player combines for local players in 2009.
4. Everything Else – The team is still working on a TV deal to broadcast all non-nationally televised games. The team will also try to bring international opponents to the stadium for tournaments and friendlies. Since the team will begin play in a World Cup year, the team will try to bring World Cup Qualifiers to the new stadium as long as US Soccer is OK with the deal. To that end, the team will also open up the stadium for World Cup events.

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