The Union Are Doing a Hilarious Fan Promotion in Advance of Home Opener

The team wants you to run up the score on Toronto FC in FIFA. Like, really run up the score.

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union opened the season on Sunday. The first game went pretty well! Okay, the scoreless draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps won’t make many soccer highlight reels, but to get a road point on the West Coast in the first game of the season is a solid season opener. How do out-of-towners get anything done in Vancouver with how distractingly pretty the city is?!

That leads to the Union’s home opener, which is Saturday against Toronto FC. (The name comes from the fact that in Canada soccer is called … hey, wait, they call it soccer there too.) Mayor Jim Kenney declared yesterday Philadelphia Union Soccer Day and got a “KENNEY 17” jersey in return.

On Saturday the Union will attempt to remain without a loss through two games for the fourth time in team history. (It’s only their eighth season!) The Union play Toronto FC at 4:30, and the team has come up with a pretty great promotion for fans before the game. The team is asking fans to play FIFA — EA Sports’s popular soccer video game — and beat Toronto FC by the biggest total they can muster.

Wow! All of these goals without many shots on net. Something fishy might be going on, but as the Union say: “All [results] should be replicable against Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon.” (As of 2013, an 189-0 win was the apparent FIFA record.)

What better way to get ready for the Union season than by relentlessly destroying the team’s upcoming opponent in a video game. Cheers, everyone.