Corey Hertzog

Corey Hertzog (born August 1, 1990) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Reno 1868 in the USL Championship.

Corey Hertzog
Personal information
Full name Corey James Hertzog
Date of birth (1990-08-01) August 1, 1990
Place of birth Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Reno 1868
Number 21
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Penn State Nittany Lions 61 (33)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Reading United 12 (4)
2011–2012 New York Red Bulls 5 (0)
2012Wilmington Hammerheads (loan) 20 (11)
2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 7 (1)
2013FC Edmonton (loan) 13 (2)
2014 Orlando City 22 (4)
2014–2015 Tampa Bay Rowdies 32 (4)
2016–2017 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 62 (27)
2018 Saint Louis FC 26 (4)
2019– Reno 1868 34 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 27, 2019


College and amateur

Hertzog attended Antietam Middle Senior H.S. scoring 107 career goals before enrolling at the Pennsylvania State University in 2008. He started 5 games and played in 17 his first year. In 2009, during his second year he played in all 22 games for the Nittany Lions, starting 17 and notching a team-high 11 goals.[1] His performance in his third year led him to receive national attention by Major League Soccer. In 2010, he was the NCAA leader in goals (20), points (46), and points per game (2.09).[1]

Hertzog played with Reading United in the USL Premier Development League during his 2010 collegiate off-season.[2]


On December 22, 2010 Hertzog announced his intention to forgo his senior year at Penn State and become eligible for the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. He also announced that he signed a Generation Adidas contract. Generation Adidas is a joint venture between Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer aimed at raising the level of young soccer talent in the United States.[3] According to Soccer By Ives, Philadelphia Union tried to sign Hertzog to a Homegrown Player contract but were unsuccessful. Instead Hertzog decided to enter the draft.[4] He was drafted 13th overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by New York Red Bulls. He made his professional debut on March 26, 2011 in a 0-0 draw with Columbus Crew[5] On June 28, 2011 in his first start for New York, Hertzog scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 victory over FC New York in the US Open Cup.[6]

Hertzog was loaned to third division side Wilmington Hammerheads in May 2012. On June 2, 2012 he scored two goals to lead his new club to a 3-1 victory over Orlando City SC.[7] He ended the season as one of USL Pro's top scorers and helped the club reach the league final. On November 19, 2012, the Red Bulls announced it declined options for an additional six players, having released four a week earlier, with Hertzog included in the mix.

Hertzog signed with Vancouver Whitecaps FC on January 23, 2013,[8] and scored his first goal for the club on April 6, 2013 against the San Jose Earthquakes. After a bright start, Hertzog's first-team chances became fewer, as a result Hertzog was loaned to NASL club FC Edmonton for their Fall season.[9] Hertzog was released by Vancouver and selected by Seattle Sounders FC in the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft, but didn't sign with the club. He joined USL Pro club Orlando City on February 11, 2014.[10] He was released upon the conclusion of the 2014 season, a casualty of the club's transition to Major League Soccer.[11]

Days later, Hertzog signed with Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League (NASL) on a contract through 2015 with a club option for the 2016 season.[12] At the end of the 2015 season, the club declined to extend a club contract option for Hertzog and six other players.[13]

On January 6, 2016, Hertzog and Rowdies teammate Zak Boggs signed with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.[14]

On December 11, 2017, Hertzog signed with Saint Louis FC after two seasons with the Riverhounds.[15]

On February 13, 2019, Hertzog signed for USL side Reno 1868.[16]



  • USL All-League Second Team: 2016


  1. Corey Hertzog (August 1, 1990). "Corey Hertzog Bio - Penn State Official Athletic Site". Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  2. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. "SBI 2011 MLS Mock Draft (Version 1.0)". Soccer By Ives. December 29, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  5. Decimated Red Bulls hold Crew to scoreless tie Archived April 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  6. Kristian Dyer (June 28, 2011). "USOC Recap: Rooney, Hertzog lead Red Bulls over FCNY". Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  7. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". June 2, 2012. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  8. "Whitecaps FC add three | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". January 23, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  9. "FC Edmonton Acquire Forward Corey Hertzog On Loan | North American Soccer League". Retrieved December 18, 2013.
  10. "Latest News". Orlando City Soccer Club. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  11. Radcliffe, Jeff (September 16, 2014). "13 Orlando City players released as part of Major League Soccer transition". Bright House Sports Network. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  12. Castillo, Nico (September 26, 2014). "Tampa Bay Rowdies Sign Forward Corey Hertzog". The Bradenton Times. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  13. "Rowdies Announce First Wave of Roster Moves". Archived from the original on November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  14. "Ex-MLS Duo Hertzog and Boggs Join Hounds". Archived from the original on January 30, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  15. FC, Saint Louis (December 11, 2017). "STLFC Announces Corey Hertzog Signing". Retrieved December 13, 2017.
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