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Philadelphia Union Announce 2023 Roster Decisions

November 15, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Philadelphia Union News Release


CHESTER, Pa. - Philadelphia Union today announced that they have exercised the contract options on seven players from their 2022 roster, while 18 contracts were already guaranteed for next season, giving the club a roster that currently features 25 players under contract for the 2023 campaign.

Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner and Head Coach Jim Curtin will be holding an end of season press conference on Friday, November 18 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Further details to follow.

Options have been exercised for Chris Donovan, Leon Flach, Matt Freese, Nathan Harriel, Gino Portella, Matthew Real, and Kai Wagner.

The club is in conversation with Joe Bendik (out of contract) and Cory Burke (option declined) about returning to the Union in 2023. Additionally, the club declined the option for Cole Turner.

Players under contract for 2023: Paxten Aaronson, Abasa Aremeyaw, Alejandro Bedoya, Andre Blake, Jesús Bueno, Julian Carranza, Brandan Craig, Jack Elliott, Daniel Gazdag (option automatically exercised), Jakob Glesnes, José Martínez (option automatically exercised), Olivier Mbaizo, Jack McGlynn, Richard Odada, Jeremy Rafanello, Anton Sorenson, Quinn Sullivan, and Mikael Uhre.

Options Exercised: Chris Donovan, Leon Flach, Matt Freese, Nathan Harriel, Gino Portella, Matthew Real, and Kai Wagner

Players out of contract: Joe Bendik*

Option Declined: Cole Turner, Cory Burke*

*New contracts being negotiated

2023 Philadelphia Union roster (as of Nov. 15, 2022, listed alphabetically)

Goalkeepers (2): Andre Blake, Matt Freese

Defenders (9): Abasa Aremeyaw, Jack Elliott, Jakob Glesnes, Nathan Harriel, Olivier Mbaizo, Gino Portella, Matthew Real, Anton Sorenson, Kai Wagner

Midfielders (10): Paxten Aaronson, Alejandro Bedoya, Jesús Bueno, Brandan Craig, Leon Flach, Daniel Gazdag, José Martínez, Jack McGlynn, Richard Odada, Quinn Sullivan

Forwards (4): Julian Carranza, Chris Donovan, Jeremy Rafanello, Mikael Uhre


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