Army-Navy On Patriot League Soccer Collision Course

Winston Boldt

Winston Boldt

Oct. 29, 2013

CHESTER, Pa. - With three matches to go in the regular season, both the Black Knights of Army and Midshipmen of Navy are each undefeated (6-0-0) in Patriot League play. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday November 8 for Army-Navy Cup II at PPL Park, home of Philadelphia Union. This match could hold the key to the post-season for one or both academies.

"We're proud to host the game at PPL Park between these two important institutions with a rivalry that is already steeped in so much meaning and history," said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. "For the game now also to potentially have championship implications, raises it to an even more exciting level. We look forward to welcoming everyone to what is sure to be another historic sports moment at PPL Park."

Local sponsors continue to support Army-Navy Cup in increasing numbers and organizers expect to eclipse the more than 3,700 fans who visited PPL Park last year. It's truly a grassroots effort, with the goal of creating an event that reflects the growth and prominence of soccer in the Greater Philadelphia Region and throughout the nation. This will be the featured and final match of the NSCAA-TV collegiate soccer package and will be streamed internationally, with members of our Armed Forces able to watch at bases around the world.

The Cadets have truly been Army Strong from the start this season, and have maintained that success, attacking and rolling to an impressive overall record of 12-1-1.

"Last year's A/N cup was a fantastic first class event showcasing very entertaining soccer. The 2013 A/N Cup is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the college soccer landscape and we know our players and fans are excited to again to be part of such a special experience," said Army head coach Russell Payne, "The organizers at PPL Park have really tapped into the local community and we are honored to be their guests!"

The Midshipmen had to get their land legs early, but have now won nine in a row. Their overall record stands at 10-3-2.

"It's good to see both programs doing well and on top of the Patriot League," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt, "The success of both teams this season will only add weight to what was already going to be a big game. PPL Park is a great venue with a quality surface and everyone is looking forward to playing there again. It's going to be a great game."

For tickets to Army-Navy Cup II, visit www.comcasttix.com .

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