The new documentary “Sons of Ben” tells the story of a band of obsessive soccer fans who did the impossible. In 1996, Major League Soccer debuted, and even though Philadelphia is a top five media with storied sports franchise, a team never materialized. Ten years later, a group of die-hard Philly soccer fans decided to take matters into their own hands: They formed a supporter’s club called the Sons of Ben, named after Benjamin Franklin, for a soccer team that did not yet exist.
Hoping to expand to 100 members by the end of the year, they ended up with 1,500 loyal fans who desperately wanted to bring professional soccer to their beloved city. Not only did the Sons of Ben succeed in changing the Philadelphia soccer landscape, but they also helped revive the struggling Chester community, which had been abandoned by the government, businesses, and citizens. The film tells the stories of three key members of the group and their respective struggles in and around the sport that they love. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below which discusses how the Sons of Ben came up with their name.
Coinciding with Major League Soccer’s All-Star Week, “Sons of Ben” premieres on all digital and VOD platforms in North America and on DVD on July 22.