Sons of BenHD Closed Captioning
Jeffrey C. Bell
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About the Movie
Major League Soccer debuted in the United States in 1996 and though Philadelphia is a top five market with storied sports franchises, it was not awarded a team. Ten years later it still didn't have a team so a band of die-hard Philadelphia soccer fans did something crazy: they formed a supporters group fof a team that didn't exist. Naming their group after famous Philadelphia Benjamin Franklin, they called themselves the SONS OF BEN. They had one goal -- bring professional soccer to Philadelphia. Hoping to expand to 100 members by the end of a year, they soon had 1,500 drum-banging, song-singing followers. Together these Sons of Ben started a movement that helped bring into existence the Philadelphia Union, changing the Philadelphia soccer landscape forever and helping to revive a struggling community abandoned by government, business, and its neighbors.
Greatest sports documentary of all time!
Warning: This movie will make you fall in love with the Philadelphia Union and Sons of Ben. Directly after watching I ordered a Union jersey and bought a Sons of Ben membership. AND I LIVE IN MIAMI.
All I gotta say is Sons of Ben are the best fans in MLS Soccer! Everytime I watch it the movie gives me chills because its awesome! Watch it or your missing out on a fantasic movie! Tell me which MLS team had a supporters group before the team? I dont think any... except Union. Thats what makes the Philadelphia Union & Sons of Ben special!
Whether you are a soccer fan or not, this movie is for you.
Regardless of your feelings about Soccer, the filmmakers will make you care about this group of passionate people and what they have accomplished. It is the quintessential feel-good story where a disparate group of people band together to overcome long odds and persevere in the face of adversity. Despite how cliché that may sound, it is true and there is a uniqueness to this story which makes it stand out. Congratulations to the filmmakers and all involved for bringing this story that needed to be told to a larger audience!