History of the Ukrainian Nationals
Ukrainian Nationals Inc., also known as "Tryzub" Philadelphia, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to develop and promote soccer in the Ukrainian American community and the general Eastern Pennsylvania region.
First fielded in 1950, "Tryzub's" amateur soccer team rapidly became the premier professional soccer franchise in the United States. In 1959, the club acquired the American Soccer League's Philadelphia Nationals, aptly renamed it the Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals and proceeded to win the U.S. Open Cup Championship the very following year. No one will ever forget the fever-pitched deafening thunder of the Ukrainian American community's cheers as "Nasha Druzhyna" ("Our Team") reached the heights of success. Some highlights include:
Tryzub's was the first soccer team in the United States to have home games televised and played in the first indoor regulation soccer game in Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Soccer teams from around the world visited Philadelphia to play "Our Team": Manchester United, England; Dundee, Scotland; Stuttgart, West Germany. In 1967, the Ukrainian Nationals represented the United States in international competition before 102,000 fans in El Salvador. After a number of additional professional years in the German American League of New York, Tryzub focused its efforts on amateur soccer and the development of a youth program.
In 1983, the club purchased 38 acres of farmland in Horsham, Pennsylvania and transformed them into a premier amateur soccer venue with six fields, lighting, a clubhouse and a picnic grove. Youth teams, boys' and girls', in age brackets between "Under 8" and "Under 19" years of age, play under the Ukrainian Nationals' flag. Exceptionally dedicated crews of coaches and parents and an outstanding leadership team have made "Our Club" a most desirable place for children to play soccer and to sharpen their skills.
The First Ukrainian Nationals Invitational Tournament, held over Memorial Day weekend, 2002, was a resounding success. In 2004 and 2005 our Majors team won back-to-back USCAK Cups Championships as the best Ukrainian soccer team in North America. In the 2005-06 season the Majors team swept all local honors, which included championships in the United Soccer League as well as the Eastern PA US Open and Amateur Cups. For the 2006-07 season, we have 20 youth and 3 junior teams competing together with our top Majors and Men's Over-30 teams.