Best of Philly

2021 Low-Key Champs

The Philadelphia Union

We’ve never been 100 percent on what, exactly, constitutes an MLS championship, but in 2020, the Union had the best record in the league, for which they received a thing called the Supporters’ Shield, which is close enough for us. Extra-impressive: The team’s commitment to developing talent has produced 10 homegrown roster members and the transfers of two players, Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie, to Europe (futbol’s big leagues) — a financial boon for the org.