April 5, 2016
ARMY-NAVY CUP V
Date set for Talen Energy Stadium match
CHESTER, Pa. -- Army-Navy Cup V will be played at Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Union, on Friday, Sept. 23, the teams announced Tuesday.
The match has become one of the highest attended collegiate soccer matches in the nation, with more than 20,000 fans witnessing the competition in the last two years.
“In less than five years, this match has become the premier fan spectacle in college soccer,” Union chief business officer Tim McDermott said. “Any time these two academies come together in sports, they are truly must-see events and I’m so enthused to ensure our stadium will continue to be the home of this match. Philadelphia has such a rich tradition in this rivalry and we’ll continue to make this a premier event on the sports calendar.”
Coach Dave Brandt’s Midshipmen hold a 2-1-1 lead in the event, which is also a regular season Patriot League match. Navy holds a 40-28-1 advantage in the series.
“The annual Army-Navy men's soccer match is a highlight of our fall sports season,” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuck said. “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.”
Following a tie and two overtime losses in the last three matches, coach Russell Payne’s Cadets broke through with a 2-1 victory last November.
“Army-Navy Cup has been a tremendous showcase for college soccer over the last four seasons and we’re excited to see the event continue to grow,” Army West Point athletic director Boo Corrigan said. “I would like to thank Philadelphia Union, DiscoverPHL, Destination Delco, Spectra and members of the Army-Navy Cup Steering Committee for their commitment to the Cadets and Midshipmen, for establishing this marquee event, now an ever-growing part of the Army-Navy rivalry.”
Local Junior ROTCs and collegiate ROTCs, civic groups and students participate, interacting with Midshipmen and Cadets, with Humvees and weaponry in the background.
Tickets for the Army-Navy Cup will be on sale later this summer.