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In pictures: A day in the River End

PSP photographer Earl Gardner spent opening day with the Sons of Ben as they prepared for Saturday’s game, presented another successful Stache Bash, marched into PPL Park, and cheered the Union on to their first win of the season. Here’s a look at what he saw.

Photo By Earl Gardner
Volunteer Jon Foden helps get the grills set up
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The flags are flying

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The River End set-up begins early

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Tifo is dusted off for the new season
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Volunteers check-in Stache Bash attendees
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These are the hard working folks that took care of feeding hundreds of SoBs
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Everyone’s spirits were high
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Stache’s were not the only theme of the day as fans were also celebrating St. Patrick’s Day
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From the ginger Chop Stache…
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…to the Mario Stache…
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…to the Mega Stache…
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…to the modified ginger Chop Stache, everyone showed up looking for fun
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Union VP Dave Rowan stopped by to check out the scene
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Vilebred entertained the crowd
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Chris Johnson prepares for some Bearfights
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Bill Gusler calls out numbers for the raffle that helped raise a ton of money for charity
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The SoB’s have brought the march into PPL Park back
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John Langan leads the march into the stadium
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The Union take the field as the River End cheers on
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It was a beautiful day for a soccer match
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Creepin’ on the Corner Creeps
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Capo Andy Pace leads the chants
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Scarves up for Four Leaf Clover
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Fans were pumped for the match
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Oh, Le Toux, Le Toux!!!
Photo By Earl GardnerThis kid loves the Doop song
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1-0 Union
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Arms and voices up!
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Friends drink, sing, and cheer the Union on
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The Horseman has returned to the River End
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Tension builds as the clock runs down
Photo By Earl Gardner“Don’t end like Portland, don’t end like Portland, don’t end like Portland…”
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Joy has come back to River End…
Photo By Earl Gardner.…As Seba’s lone goal led the Union to a 1-0 win over the Revolution.
Photo By Earl GardnerThe two-week wait to get back to PPL Park will be a long one.

For additional photos please check out Earl Gardner’s Flickr page.

2 Comments

  1. great pictures; great day; great memories!!

  2. Once again Earl super shots! You rock!!

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