Not everyone at the inaugural match at PPL Park will be pulling for the Union. There will be healthy cheering sections for two Seattle Sounders from the Philadelphia area.
Midfielder Michael Seamon was born in Rahway, New Jersey but played collegiate soccer at Villanova. He actually led the Wildcats in scoring for four straight years, the first ever player to do so.
The other local guy is defender Jeff Parke who hails from Downingtown. He played his college soccer at Drexel. Parke is a regular starter for the Sounders. The veteran has been jockeying with the younger Seamon for tickets to the match.
“Seamon!” Parke interrupted from afar. “Your tickets go to me, son! All of them!”
Turning back to reporters with a resigned look, Seamon said, “See? He’s trying to keep all his tickets. But I can use a lot, so as many as I get will be fine with me.”
We wish the local guys luck, just not today.