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Philadelphia Union Exercise 2021 Options on Seven Players

December 2, 2020 - 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 2020 roster, while 18 contracts were already guaranteed for next season, giving the club a roster that currently features 25 players under contract for the 2021 campaign.

Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner and Head Coach Jim Curtin will be available to the media in their post-season press conference today, Wednesday Dec. 2 at 12:30 p.m. Members of the media who wish to join the conference can do so and entering Union2020 when prompted to enter a password.

Options have been exercised for Andre Blake, Anthony Fontana, Matt Real, Ilsinho, Raymon Gaddis, Olivier Mbaizo, and Kai Wagner.

Joe Bendik and Aurelien Collin are out of contract and will become free agents. The club is under further discussions with both players. Simultaneously, the Union announced that they have declined the contract options of Warren Creavalle, Michee Ngalina, and Andrew Wooten.

Players under contract for 2021: Paxten Aaronson, Alejandro Bedoya, Cory Burke, Brandan Craig, Jack de Vries, Jack Elliott, Matt Freese, Jakob Glesnes, Nathan Harriel, Jose Martinez, Jack McGlynn, Mark McKenzie, Jamiro Monteiro, Matej Oravec, Kacper Przybylko, Sergio Santos, Quinn Sullivan, and Cole Turner.

Options Exercised: Andre Blake, Anthony Fontana, Matt Real, Ilsinho, Raymon Gaddis, Olivier Mbaizo, and Kai Wagner.

Players out of contract: Joe Bendik and Aurelien Collin.

Option declined: Warren Creavalle, Michee Ngalina, and Andrew Wooten.

2021 Philadelphia Union roster (as of Dec. 2, 2020)

Goalkeepers (2): Andre Blake, Matt Freese

Defenders (8): Jack Elliott, Raymon Gaddis, Jakob Glesnes, Nathan Harriel*, Olivier Mbaizo, Mark McKenzie, Matt Real, Kai Wagner

Midfielders (12): Paxten Aaronson*, Alejandro Bedoya, Brandan Craig*, Jack de Vries, Ilsinho, Anthony Fontana, Jose Martinez, Jack McGlynn*, Jamiro Monteiro, Matej Oravec, Quinn Sullivan*, Cole Turner

Forwards (3): Cory Burke, Kacper Przybylko, Sergio Santos

* - joins First Team effective Jan. 1, 2021

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