Football in Chester

It wasn't the World Cup, but the Philadelphia Union's first game at PPL Park drew a full house. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

The World Cup is energizing the soccer world, so it was fitting for the Philadelphia Union to win its inaugural game at its new stadium in Chester on Sunday night.

The team, its management, fans (and taxpayers who footed the stadium’s cost) deserve credit for a memorable opening. The script was nearly perfect.

The sellout crowd of more than 18,500 pumped up the team, which beat the Seattle Sounders. A national TV audience was introduced to the beautiful PPL Park, situated on the Delaware River just south of the Commodore Barry Bridge.

If the first game is any indication, <TB>Major League Soccer will be successful in Chester for a long time. One of the few kinks on this grand day for the franchise was a lack of completed parking lots near the stadium. The hope is that Chester will get an economic boost from the stadium. The city desperately needs help turning around its fortunes.<NO1>,