2019 Philadelphia Union season

The 2019 Philadelphia Union season is the club's tenth season in Major League Soccer, the top flight of American soccer.

Philadelphia Union
2019 season
OwnerJay Sugarman
Head CoachJim Curtin
StadiumTalen Energy Stadium (Capacity: 18,500)
MLSConference: 3rd
Overall: 5th
MLS Cup PlayoffsConference Semifinals
U.S. Open Cup4th Round
Top goalscorerLeague: Kacper Przybyłko (15)
All: Kacper Przybyłko (15)
Highest home attendance19,145
(September 14 vs. LAFC)
Lowest home attendance12,890
(May 1 vs. FC Cincinnati)
Average home league attendance17,190
Biggest win6–1
(May 4, 2019 vs. New England)
Biggest defeat0–4
(July 13, 2019 at RSL)
(July 27, 2019 at Montreal)

Background

Roster

As of July 29, 2019[1]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Matt Freese (HGP)  United States
2 Defender Warren Creavalle  Guyana
3 Defender Jack Elliott (Int)  England
4 Defender Mark McKenzie (HGP)  United States
6 Midfielder Haris Medunjanin (Int)  Bosnia and Herzegovina
7 Forward Andrew Wooten  Germany
9 Midfielder Fafà Picault  United States
10 Midfielder Marco Fabián (DP, Int)  Mexico
11 Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (DP)  United States
12 Goalkeeper Joe Bendik  United States
15 Defender Olivier Mbaizo (Int)  Cameroon
16 Defender R. J. Allen  United States
17 Forward Sergio Santos (Int)  Brazil
18 Goalkeeper Andre Blake  Jamaica
19 Forward Cory Burke (Int)  Jamaica
20 Forward Michee Ngalina  DR Congo
21 Midfielder Anthony Fontana (HGP)  United States
22 Midfielder Brenden Aaronson (HGP)  United States
23 Forward Kacper Przybyłko (Int)  Poland
25 Midfielder Ilsinho  Brazil
26 Defender Auston Trusty (HGP)  United States
27 Defender Kai Wagner (Int)  Germany
28 Defender Ray Gaddis  United States
32 Defender Matthew Real (HGP)  United States
33 Defender Fabinho  Brazil
35 Midfielder Jamiro Monteiro (Int)  Cape Verde
78 Defender Aurelien Collin  France

Transfers

In

Date No. Pos. Player Transferred from Fee/Notes Source
December 14, 201817FW Sergio Santos Audax Italiano$500,000; TAM signing[2][3]
December 21, 20181GK Matt Freese Harvard UniversityHomegrown signing[4]
January 22, 201978DF Aurelien Collin New York Red BullsFree Agent[5][6]
February 6, 201927DF Kai Wagner Würzburger KickersUndisclosed fee[5]
February 8, 201910MF Marco Fabian Eintracht FrankfurtFree transfer; 5% sell-on fee[7]
May 8, 201920FW Michee Ngalina Bethlehem Steel FCFree transfer[8]

Loan in

Date No. Pos. Player Parent Club Fee/Notes Source
January 24, 201931GK Carlos Miguel Coronel Red Bull Salzburg1-year loan, option to buy[9]
March 5, 201935MF Jamiro Monteiro FC Metz4-month loan, full-year option, option to buy
Extended loan, end of 2019 season
[10][11]

Out

Date No. Pos. Player Transferred To Fee/Notes Source
November 19, 201815DF Joshua Yaro San Antonio FCDeclined contract option[12][13]
16DF Richie MarquezDeclined contract option[12]
20MF Marcus Epps New York Red BullsDeclined contract option[12][14]
24MF Adam Najem Memphis 901 FCDeclined contract option[12][15]
27GK John McCarthy Tampa Bay RowdiesEnd of Contract[12][16]
27FW Jay Simpson Leyton OrientDeclined contract option[12][17]
29GK Jake McGuire Gefle IFDeclined contract option[12][18]
December 9, 201814MF Fabian Herbers Chicago Fire2nd round 2019 SuperDraft[19]
December 19, 201912DF Keegan Rosenberry Colorado Rapids$150,000 GAM (2019)
$100,000 GAM (2020)
$100,000 GAM (2020)[A]
$50,000 TAM (2020)
[20]
February 23, 201917FW C.J. Sapong Chicago Fire$200,000 GAM (2019)
$100,000 GAM (2020)
$100,000 TAM (2020)
$50,000 TAM (2020)[A]
[20]
May 8, 20197MF David Accam Columbus Crew$100,000 TAM
$400,000 GAM
Int'l Roster Spot
[21]
May 9, 20198MF Derrick Jones Nashville SC$175,000 GAM[22]
  • ^ Contingent on undisclosed 2019 season performance metrics.
  • Staff

    As of June 11, 2019[23]
    Position Staff Nationality
    Head coachJim Curtin United States
    Technical directorChris Albright United States
    Assistant coach and director of goalkeepingOka Nikolov Macedonia
    Assistant coachPat Noonan United States
    Head athletic trainerPaul Rushing United States
    Team coordinatorJosh Gros United States
    Sporting directorErnst Tanner Germany
    Academy directorTommy Wilson Scotland

    Note: Dick Schreuder served as assistant coach through Week 17 and departed for TSG Hoffenheim after June 8.[24]

    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 City FC 34 18 6 10 63 42 +21 64 Conference Semifinals & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
    2 Atlanta United FC 34 18 12 4 58 43 +15 58 First round & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[lower-alpha 1]
    3 Philadelphia Union 34 16 11 7 58 50 +8 55 First round & 2020 Leagues Cup
    4 Toronto FC[lower-alpha 2] 34 13 10 11 57 52 +5 50
    5 D.C. United 34 13 10 11 42 38 +4 50
    6 New York Red Bulls 34 14 14 6 53 51 +2 48
    7 New England Revolution 34 11 11 12 50 57 7 45 First round
    8 Chicago Fire 34 10 12 12 55 47 +8 42
    9 Montreal Impact[lower-alpha 2] 34 12 17 5 47 60 13 41 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[lower-alpha 3]
    10 Columbus Crew SC 34 10 16 8 39 47 8 38
    11 Orlando City SC 34 9 15 10 44 52 8 37
    12 FC Cincinnati 34 6 22 6 31 75 44 24
    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 goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots.
    Notes:
    1. as 2019 U.S. Open Cup champions
    2. Canadian clubs cannot qualify for the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League through MLS play.
    3. as 2019 Canadian Championship winners

    League standings

    Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
    2 New York City FC 34 18 6 10 63 42 +21 64 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[lower-alpha 1]
    3 Atlanta United FC (U) 34 18 12 4 58 43 +15 58 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[lower-alpha 2]
    4 Seattle Sounders FC (C) 34 16 10 8 52 49 +3 56 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[lower-alpha 3]
    5 Philadelphia Union 34 16 11 7 58 50 +8 55
    6 Real Salt Lake 34 16 13 5 46 41 +5 53
    7 Minnesota United FC 34 15 11 8 52 43 +9 53
    8 LA Galaxy 34 16 15 3 58 59 1 51
    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
    (C) Champion; (U) U.S. Open Cup winner.
    Notes:
    1. As Eastern Conference regular season champions (USA3)
    2. As 2019 U.S. Open Cup champions (USA4)
    3. As MLS Cup 2019 champions (USA1)

    Results summary

    OverallHomeAway
    PldWDLGFGAGDPtsWDLGFGAGDWDLGFGAGD
    34 16 7 11 58 50  +8 55 10 4 3 36 19  +17 6 3 8 22 31  −9

    Last updated: October 8, 2019.
    Source: MLS

    Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
    GroundHAAHAHAHAHHAHHHAHAAAHAHAAHAHHHAAAH
    ResultLLTWWWLWTWWWTLTWWTLWTLWLWWLWWTLWLL
    Position1012128445331111221111111111122123333
    Updated to match(es) played on October 6, 2019. Source: 2019 MLS season & Weekly MLS Standing
    A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; L = Loss; T = Tie

    Position references Eastern Conference standings.

    Statistics

    Appearances and goals

    Last updated October 20, 2019
    No. Pos Nat Player TotalMLSU.S. Open CupMLS Cup Playoffs
    AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
    Goalkeepers
    1 GK Matt Freese 705+101000
    18 GK Andre Blake 2802600020
    31 GK Carlos Miguel Coronel 403+100000
    Defenders
    3 DF Jack Elliott 3633420021
    4 DF Mark McKenzie 1006+101020
    15 DF Olivier Mbaizo 402+101000
    26 DF Auston Trusty 2212210000
    27 DF Kai Wagner 3203000020
    28 DF Ray Gaddis 3703400+1020
    32 DF Matthew Real 401+200+1000
    33 DF Fabinho 20101000
    78 DF Aurélien Collin 70601000
    Midfielders
    2 MF Warren Creavalle 1405+80000+10
    6 MF Haris Medunjanin 3713411020
    8 MF Derrick Jones 200+200000
    10 MF Marco Fabián 25815+87000+21
    11 MF Alejandro Bedoya 3553241021
    21 MF Anthony Fontana 920+810+1100
    22 MF Brenden Aaronson 30325+330020
    25 MF Ilsinho 3157+215100+20
    35 MF Jamiro Monteiro 29422+441020
    38 MF Zach Zandi 10000+1000
    Forwards
    7 FW David Accam 844+440000
    7 FW Andrew Wooten 904+30001+10
    9 FW Fafà Picault 35521+114101+11
    17 FW Sergio Santos 2045+1241020
    19 FW Cory Burke 725+220000
    20 FW Michee Ngalina 100+100000
    23 FW Kacper Przybyłko 261525+1150000

    Top scorers

    Goalkeepers

    Honors

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