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Union to Face L’Impact in Jacksonville

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The Philadelphia Union filled in the last blank on their pre-season schedule, as they announced today that they will face the Montreal Impact in a February 15th friendly at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.  The match, first announced last November without a known opponent will be the first of several to be held in Jacksonville over the next three years, and forms one part of a very crowded pre-season lineup.  The Union will also be taking part in the Disneyworld Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, and are due to face Orlando City, the Columbus Crew and Toronto FC, along with Montreal, all within the same week.

While never having had a professional soccer team of its own, Jacksonville has taken steps to become a destination for the beautiful game over the last few years.  The US Men’s National Team drew more than 25,000 to Everbank Field for a friendly against Scotland, the inaugural match of the Klinsmann Cup, this past May, and the city entered into an agreement with the Union to host spring friendlies at the stadium over the next three years.  The fact that the stadium, which is municipally owned, is managed by Spectacor, a division of the same company which manages the Union’s ticket sales, may have played a factor in the agreement.

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