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Newspaper commemorating Philadelphia Union Supporters’ Shield win available for limited time

Four-page broadsheet celebrates the Union’s first trophy



I’m a newspaper guy at heart dating back to my paper route in the early ‘90s and my first career as a daily newspaper reporter through the first decade of the 2000s.

There’s nothing like seeing your words in print and having a keepsake to mark big moments.

We had the privilege back in November to cover the Philadelphia Union’s first trophy win. While winning the Supporters’ Shield can be an anti-climatic thing — and technically the Union won it before their game against New England ended — the Union winning it at home on the last day of the regular season created an unforgettable moment.

Unfortunately, only a couple thousand people were able to be there in the stands to witness this history but it didn’t make it any less significant. Our coverage, which is now available in a four-page limited edition broadsheet reflects that.

Eric Goldstein, a former colleague of mine in the newspaper business, wrote the game story, former Penn State standout and writer Greg Oldfield wrote a piece about Jim Curtin finally putting Philly Soccer on top, former Brotherly Game managing editor Eugene Rupinski wrote about his reaction and I talked with some of the lucky fans who were there. Photographer Morgan Tencza captured images of the game and celebration and we also included some photos from photographer Carl Gulbish.

It was then up to Doopy Brothers co-host and graphic designer Luke McClung to put it all together with a traditional newspaper design.

We have a limited number of copies available for sale for $5 each, which includes postage to domestic addresses. Email me at for details.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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