2018 Philadelphia Union season

The 2018 Philadelphia Union season was the club's ninth season in Major League Soccer, the top flight of American soccer.

Philadelphia Union
2018 season
OwnerJay Sugarman
Head CoachJim Curtin
StadiumTalen Energy Stadium (Capacity: 18,500)
MLSConference: 6th
Overall: 11th
MLS Cup PlayoffsKnockout round
U.S. Open CupRunners-up
Top goalscorerLeague: 2 players tied (5)
All: Cory Burke (6)
Highest home attendance19,013
July 21 vs LA Galaxy
Lowest home attendanceLeague: 14,795
April 7 vs San Jose Earthquakes
All: 3,565
June 5 vs Richmond Kickers
Average home league attendance16,518

Background

MLS SuperDraft

The Union selected three players from the third and fourth rounds of the 2018 SuperDraft[1]

Round Pick Name Position Nationality School
3 54 Mike Catalano Midfielder United States Wisconsin
55 Aidan Apodaca Forward United States California Baptist University
4 77 Matt Danilack Forward United States Dartmouth

Roster

Current squad


No. Name Nationality Position Date of Birth (Age) Signed From
Goalkeepers
1 John McCarthy GK (1992-07-04) July 4, 1992 Rochester Rhinos
18 Andre Blake (INT) GK (1990-11-21) November 21, 1990 UConn
29 Jake McGuire GK (1994-09-03) September 3, 1994 University of Tulsa
Defenders
3 Jack Elliott (INT) CB (1995-08-24) August 24, 1995 West Virginia University
4 Mark McKenzie (HGP) CB (1998-08-12) August 12, 1998 Bethlehem Steel FC
5 Olivier Mbaizo DF (1997-08-15) August 15, 1997 Bethlehem Steel FC
12 Keegan Rosenberry RB (1993-12-11) December 11, 1993 Georgetown University
15 Joshua Yaro (GA) LB/CB (1994-03-07) March 7, 1994 Georgetown University
16 Richie Marquez CB (1992-05-26) May 26, 1992 University of Redlands
26 Auston Trusty (HGP) CB (1998-08-12) August 12, 1998 Bethlehem Steel FC
28 Ray Gaddis RB (1990-01-13) January 13, 1990 West Virginia University
32 Matthew Real (HGP) LB (1999-07-10) July 10, 1999 Bethlehem Steel FC
33 Fabinho LB (1985-03-16) March 16, 1985 Sydney FC
Midfielders
2 Warren Creavalle DM (1990-08-14) August 14, 1990 Toronto FC
6 Haris Medunjanin (INT) CM (1985-03-08) March 8, 1985 Maccabi Tel Aviv
7 David Accam MF (1990-09-28) September 28, 1990 Chicago Fire
8 Derrick Jones (HGP) MF (1997-03-03) March 3, 1997 Bethlehem Steel FC
9 Fafà Picault MF (1991-02-23) February 23, 1991 FC St. Pauli
10 Bořek Dočkal (DP) (INT) ACM (1988-09-30) September 30, 1988 Henan Jianye
11 Alejandro Bedoya (DP) CM/RM (1987-04-29) April 29, 1987 FC Nantes
14 Fabian Herbers CF (1993-08-17) August 17, 1993 Creighton University
20 Marcus Epps CF (1995-01-16) January 16, 1995 South Florida
21 Anthony Fontana (HGP) MF (1999-10-14) October 14, 1999 Bethlehem Steel FC
24 Adam Najem MF (1995-01-19) January 19, 1995 Akron
25 Ilsinho (INT) CM/RM (1985-10-12) October 12, 1985 Shakhtar Donetsk
Forwards
17 C.J. Sapong CF (1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 Sporting Kansas City
19 Cory Burke (INT) CF (1991-12-28) December 28, 1991 Bethlehem Steel FC
27 Jay Simpson (INT) CF (1988-12-01) December 1, 1988 Leyton Orient

Last updated: May 30, 2018.
Source: Philadelphia Union Roster

Last updated: May 30, 2018.
Source: MLS Designations

DP indicates Designated Player
GA indicates Generation Adidas Player
HGP indicates Home Grown Player
INT indicates MLS International Player and qualifies for an international roster spot

Current staff

As of February 4, 2018[2]
Position Staff Nationality
Head coachJim Curtin United States
Technical director and assistant coachChris Albright United States
Assistant coachB.J. Callaghan United States
Assistant coachPat Noonan United States
Goalkeeping coachTim Hanley United States
Head athletic trainerPaul Rushing United States
Team coordinatorJosh Gros United States
Sporting directorEarnie Stewart United States
Academy directorTommy Wilson Scotland

Competitions

Preseason

MLS season

MLS Cup Playoffs

U.S. Open Cup

Friendlies

Standings

Eastern Conference

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York Red Bulls 34 22 7 5 62 33 +29 71 Conference Semi-finals[lower-alpha 1]
2 Atlanta United FC 34 21 7 6 70 44 +26 69
3 New York City FC 34 16 10 8 59 45 +14 56 Knockout round
4 D.C. United 34 14 11 9 60 50 +10 51
5 Columbus Crew 34 14 11 9 43 45 2 51
6 Philadelphia Union 34 15 14 5 49 50 1 50
7 Montreal Impact 34 14 16 4 47 53 6 46
8 New England Revolution 34 10 13 11 49 55 6 41
9 Toronto FC 34 10 18 6 59 64 5 36
10 Chicago Fire 34 8 18 8 48 61 13 32
11 Orlando City SC 34 8 22 4 43 74 31 28
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goal differential; 7) away goals scored; 8) home goal differential; 9) home goals scored; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. Due to a change in format for the CONCACAF Champions League, the regular season conference champions did not automatically earn a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.[3]

League standings

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[lower-alpha 1]
8 Portland Timbers 34 15 10 9 54 48 +6 54
9 D.C. United 34 14 11 9 60 50 +10 51
10 Columbus Crew 34 14 11 9 43 45 2 51
11 Philadelphia Union 34 15 14 5 49 50 1 50
12 Real Salt Lake 34 14 13 7 55 58 3 49
13 LA Galaxy 34 13 12 9 66 64 +2 48
14 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 13 13 8 54 67 13 47
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) coin toss or drawing of lots
Notes:

Results summary

OverallHomeAway
PldWDLGFGAGDPtsWDLGFGAGDWDLGFGAGD
21 8 3 10 29 34  −5 27 5 2 4 18 14  +4 3 1 6 11 20  −9

Last updated: July 31, 2018.
Source: MLS

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
GroundHHAHHAHAAAHAHAHHAHAHAAAHHAAHAHAHHA
ResultWTLTLLWLLWWTWLLWLLWLWLWWWWTLWWTWLL
Updated to match(es) played on 31 July 2018. Source: 2018 MLS season & Weekly MLS Standing
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; L = Loss; T = Tie

Position references Eastern Conference standings.

Statistics

Appearances and goals

As of 31 May 2018
No. Pos Nat Player TotalMLSMLS CupU.S. Open Cup
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Defenders
3 DF Jack Elliot 80800000
4 DF Mark McKenzie 706+100000
5 DF Olivier Mbaizo 00000000
12 DF Keegan Rosenberry 1411410000
15 DF Joshua Yaro 00000000
16 DF Richie Marquez 00000000
26 DF Auston Trusty 1401400000
28 DF Ray Gaddis 1108+300000
32 DF Matthew Real 30300000
33 DF Fabinho 403+100000
Midfielders
2 MF Warren Creavalle 200+200000
4 MF Haris Medunjanin 1411410000
7 MF David Accam 14011+300000
8 MF Derrick Jones 100+100000
9 MF Fafa Picault 906+300000
10 MF Bořek Dočkal 1331330000
11 MF Alejandro Bedoya 1411410000
14 MF Fabian Herbers 30300000
20 MF Marcus Epps 613+310000
21 MF Anthony Fontana 411+310000
24 MF Adam Najem 00000000
25 MF Ilsinho 1135+630000
30 MF Eric Ayuk Mbu 00000000
Forwards
17 FW C.J. Sapong 12211+120000
19 FW Cory Burke 1123+820000
27 FW Jay Simpson 200+200000

Statistics are from all matches as documented by Soccerway.com.[5]

Top scorers

As of 31 May 2018
Place Position Name MLS MLS Cup Open Cup Total
1 MF Ilsinho 3 0 0 3
MF Bořek Dočkal 3 0 0 3
2 FW C.J. Sapong 2 0 0 2
FW Cory Burke 2 0 0 2
3 DF Keegan Rosenberry 1 0 0 1
MF Haris Medunjanin 1 0 0 1
MF Alejandro Bedoya 1 0 0 1
MF Marcus Epps 1 0 0 1
MF Anthony Fontana 1 0 0 1
Total 15 0 0 15

Goalkeepers

As of 31 May 2018
Nat. No. Player Apps Starts Record GA GAA SO
1BlakeAndre Blake 14145–5–3161.07400
27McCarthyJohn McCarthy 000–0–000.00000
29McCarthyJake McGuire 000–0–000.00000
Total5-5-3151.07400
Record = W-L-D

Transfers

In

Date No. Pos. Player Transferred From Fee/Notes Source
December 20, 201714MF Fabian Herbers Philadelphia UnionSigned new contract[6]
December 20, 201725MF Ilsinho Philadelphia UnionSigned new contract[6]
December 20, 201733DF Fabinho Philadelphia UnionSigned new contract[6]
December 21, 201721FW Cory Burke Bethlehem Steel FCSigned[7]
January 18, 201832DF Matthew Real Bethlehem Steel FCSigned as Homegrown Player[8]
January 18, 20184DF Mark McKenzie Bethlehem Steel FCSigned as Homegrown Player[9]
January 19, 20187MF David Accam Chicago Fire$1,200,000 allocation money[10]
April 17, 20185DF Olivier Mbaizo Bethlehem Steel FCSigned[11]

Out

Date No. Pos. Player Transferred To Fee/Notes Source
November 1, 20174DF Ken Tribbett Penn FCDeclined contract option[12][13]
November 1, 20175DF Oguchi OnyewuDeclined contract option[12]
November 1, 20178MF Maurice EduDeclined contract option[12]
November 1, 20179FW Charlie DaviesRetiredDeclined contract option[12][14]
November 1, 201710MF Roland Alberg CSKA SofiaDeclined contract option[12][15]
November 1, 201713MF Chris Pontius LA GalaxyEnd of contract[12][16]
November 1, 201714MF Fabian Herbers Philadelphia UnionDeclined contract option, re-signed new contract[12][6]
November 1, 201719DF Aaron JonesDeclined contract option[12]
November 1, 201725MF Ilsinho Philadelphia UnionDeclined contract option, re-signed new contract[12][6]
November 1, 201732DF Giliano Wijnaldum Williem IIDeclined contract option[12][17]
November 1, 201733DF Fabinho Philadelphia UnionEnd of contract, re-signed new contract[12][6]

Loan In

Date No. Pos. Player Transferred From Fee/Notes Source
February 28, 201810MF Bořek Dočkal Henan Jianye F.C.Loan for 2018 season[18]

Honors

References

  1. "Philadelphia Union Select Three Players In MLS SuperDraft". Philadelphia Union. January 22, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  2. "Technical Staff". Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  3. Strauss, Brian (April 6, 2017). "MLS clubs have resolution over qualifying for future CCL after format change". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  4. Strauss, Brian (April 6, 2017). "MLS clubs have resolution over qualifying for future CCL after format change". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  5. "Player Stats". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  6. "Philadelphia Union Re-Sign Fabinho, Fabian Herbers and Ilsinho". Philadelphia Union. December 20, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  7. "Philadelphia Union Sign Forward Cory Burke". Philadelphia Union. December 21, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  8. "Philadelphia Union Sign Homegrown Defender Matthew Real". Philadelphia Union. January 18, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  9. "Philadelphia Union Sign Homegrown Defender Mark McKenzie". Philadelphia Union. January 18, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  10. "Philadelphia Union Acquire Designated Player David Accam". Philadelphia Union. January 19, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  11. "Union Sign Defender Olivier Mbaizo". Philadelphia Union. April 17, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  12. "Philadelphia Union Exercise 2018 Options On 11 Players". Philadelphia Union. November 1, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  13. "Penn FC picks up Tribbett". www.uslsoccer.com. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  14. Seth Vertelney (2 March 2018). "Former U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies announces retirement". www.goal.com. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  15. "Official: Roland Alberg signs with CSKA Sofia". Brotherly Game. October 31, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  16. "LA Galaxy sign midfielder Chris Pontius". LA Galaxy. January 22, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  17. "Willem II records brother Wijnaldum" (in Dutch). NOS. January 5, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  18. "Philadelphia Union Acquire Attacking Midfielder Borek Dockal". Philadelphia Union. February 28, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
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