The Union celebrate winning the Supporters Shield. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
CHESTER, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union earned its first trophy in the 11-year history of the franchise Sunday night, winning the Supporters Shield.
Completing the season with 2.04 points-per-game and a 14-4-5 record, the Union secured the best overall record of Major League Soccer for the regular season.
By accomplishing that feat, the Union also earned a berth in the 2021 Concacaf Champions League, a financial bonus, and top seed and homefield advantage throughout the MLS Cup Playoffs.
The Union clinched the Supporters Shield after defeating the New England Revolution, 2-0, at Subaru Park. Sergio Santos and Cory Burke scored in the 43rd and 69th minutes, respectively. The Red Bulls also played a role, denying second-place Toronto FC a shot at the title with a 2-1 win.
“Today is a special day in Philadelphia Union history,” Union principal owner Jay Sugarman said in a statement. “In a season full of challenges, our team showed they could fight through whatever was thrown at them and come out on top. I am incredibly proud of this organization; Ernst Tanner and Chris Albright for building a championship team, Jim Curtin and the coaching staff for their leadership, and every single Union player on the roster who fought for the badge and the city of Philadelphia.”
Added Union sporting director Ernst Tanner: “What our team has been able to do during the toughest season of Major League Soccer is truly remarkable. This team has shown heart, determination, and sacrifice to bring home the first major trophy for the club and city. From the day I arrived, the strategy was to build a winning team through our young talents and new signings, and develop a championship mentality that would allow us to become one of the top clubs in Major League Soccer.”