Army-Navy Cup Soccer To Celebrate 5th Anniversary Sept. 23
Fifth annual match, Army-Navy Cup V, returns to Talen Energy Stadium
CHESTER, Pa. (July 21, 2016) – Army-Navy Cup V, one of the top collegiate soccer attractions in the nation, will take place at Talen Energy Stadium, home of Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer at 7 pm on Friday, Sept. 23. The renewal of this extraordinary rivalry at this venue continues to grow. It has attracted more than 20,000 fans and supporters over the past two seasons.
“Given our location, equidistant between both academies, this event was created in the spirit of the Army-Navy Football Classic, a long-time Philadelphia sports institution,” offered Philadelphia Union Chief Business Officer Tim McDermott. “We are honored that the soccer communities of both Annapolis and Army West Point have truly found a home here at Talen Energy Stadium. We recognize how special this event is and look forward to welcoming both teams and alumni back to the area on September 23.”
After winning the previous two years, in overtime, Navy suffered a 2-1 setback to Army West Point last year, in this regular season Patriot League match-up between the two academies. This year, Navy is once again the home team and the Midshipmen are looking to seize the cup away from the Black Knights of the Hudson.
“The annual Army-Navy men's soccer match is a highlight of our fall sports season,” said Navy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “ Talen Energy Stadium is a magnificent venue and brings the ‘whole package’ for this great event. The players, coaches and fans have thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic environment and every game has been a fight right to the finish. Our thanks to everyone who makes this happen.”
After a tie in the inaugural match-up, Army West Point got its first taste of success last November and the 350 or so Cadets and Army personnel on hand, experienced an amazing on-field celebration once the final score had been secured. So it’s safe to say this the Cadets aren’t about to give up the cup, without a scuffle.
“We look forward to returning to the Philadelphia area for the fifth installment of Army-Navy Cup this fall, stated Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “This has become a special event for our cadets, alumni and fans. We are grateful to everyone at Philadelphia Union and Talen Energy Stadium for providing a tremendous showcase for this historic rivalry.”
Amidst a very family-friendly environment, filled with military assets, plus interactive and educational events adjacent to the game, Army-Navy Cup V will be broadcast live, nationally on the American Sports Network, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcasting. Additional broadcast and sponsorship information will be announced in the weeks ahead.
For tickets and additional information, you can visit www.talenenergystadium.com.
ABOUT PHILADELPHIA UNION
Philadelphia was awarded the 16th Major League Soccer franchise on Feb. 28, 2008 and the Union were officially named on May 11, 2009. Owned and operated by Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, the group launched the Philadelphia Union's inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened Talen Energy Stadium on June 27. Throughout the club’s seven-year history, the Union have reached the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final in 2014 and 2015, and have also reached the MLS playoffs in 2011. In 2016, the Union opened their seventh year at Talen Energy Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium that has hosted internationally known clubs Celtic, Chivas de Guadalajara, Everton, Schalke 04, Aston Villa, Pumas UNAM, Stoke City, Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.
ABOUT TALEN ENERGY STADIUM
Opened on June 27, 2010, Talen Energy Stadium holds approximately 18,500 seats and has been the home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union since the club’s expansion season in 2010. The stadium has hosted various sporting events in addition to home Union matches, including: 2012 MLS All-Star Game, United States Women’s National Team friendlies vs. China (2010 and 2012), Colombia (2016), Army/Navy Soccer Cup (2012-16), Big East Men’s Soccer Championship (2012-15), USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships (2011-15), 2013 NCAA Men’s College Cup, 2014 Women’s World Cup CONCACAF qualifiers, and the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Third Place Match. The stadium also hosted Monster Energy Rock Allegiance in October 2015 with more than 25,000 fans in attendance. For more information about Talen Energy Stadium, visit TalenEnergyStadium.com