Joe Bendik

Joseph T. Bendik (born April 25, 1989) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Major League Soccer club Philadelphia Union.

Joe Bendik
Bendik in 2012
Personal information
Full name Joseph T. Bendik
Date of birth (1989-04-25) April 25, 1989
Place of birth Huntington, New York, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 12
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Clemson Tigers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Atlanta Silverbacks U23's 1 (0)
2010–2011 Sogndal 9 (0)
2012 Portland Timbers 5 (0)
2013–2015 Toronto FC 73 (0)
2016–2018 Orlando City 92 (0)
2019 Columbus Crew SC 6 (0)
2019– Philadelphia Union 0 (0)
National team
2006 United States U17 9 (0)
2007–2008 United States U20 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 19, 2019

Club career


Bendik attended Clemson University for four years after graduating from Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia.[1]


After university, Bendik signed with Norwegian club Sogndal. He began the 2010 season as a backup, and made his professional debut in the first round of the Norwegian Cup against Årdal FK.[2] Bendik ended the season starting in four league matches helping his club gain promotion to the Norwegian top flight.

Bendik began the 2011 season as the starter, and made his Tippeligaen debut on March 20, 2011 against Strømsgodset IF. [3] He ended the year starting the final two matches of the season, including a 2–1 victory over eventual league champions Molde FK.[4]

Portland Timbers

On February 24, 2012, Bendik signed with the Portland Timbers of MLS.[5] He made his Timbers debut as a second-half sub for an injured Troy Perkins in a 2–0 loss to the Montreal Impact.[6]

Toronto FC

On December 12, 2012 Bendik was acquired by Toronto FC along with Portland's third overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for Ryan Johnson and Miloš Kocić.[7]

While originally considered a back-up, Bendik went on to make 33 appearances for Toronto during the 2013 season after starting goalkeeper Stefan Frei was injured during a pre-season friendly.[8]

On December 1, 2015, it was announced that Toronto FC had declined their options on Bendik, and that he would not return to the team. Along with Bendik, fellow goalkeeper Chris Konopka's options were also declined, leaving the team with only one goalkeeper; Quillain Roberts

Orlando City SC

On December 21, 2015, it was announced that Bendik had been traded to Orlando City in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.[9] Despite conceding a league high 60 goals for that season in his first league campaign with Orlando, Bendik became a fan favorite as he played every minute of the club's 34 league games, making 114 saves and posting 5 shutouts. He won 11 "MLS Save of the Week" awards in the process and his stop against Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer in the Lions' 2–1 road loss on May 15 was voted "MLS Save of the Year".[10]

After a difficult 2018 season in which the team conceded an all-time MLS record 74 goals and Bendik himself had lost the starting job to both Earl Edwards, Jr. and then again to Adam Grinwis, his contract option was declined at the end of the year.[11] At the time of his departure he had the second most appearances in the team's post-expansion history behind only Cristian Higuita.

Columbus Crew SC

On December 27, 2018, Bendik's rights were acquired by Columbus Crew SC in exchange for $50,000 in targeted allocation money.[12]

Philadelphia Union

On July 19, 2019, Bendik was traded to the Philadelphia Union for a second-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.[13]

International career

Bendik has represented the United States at the under-17, under-18 and under-20 levels.[14] On June 3, Bendik was named as one of six goalkeepers in Bruce Arena's preliminary 40-man roster for the 2017 Gold Cup, although he was left off the final 23-man squad.[15]

Career statistics


As of July 17, 2019[16][17][18]
Club Season League Cup[lower-alpha 1] Continental Other Total
Atlanta Silverbacks U23's 2007[19] PDL 1010
Sogndal 2010 Adeccoligaen 402060
2011 Tippeligaen 500050
Total 90200000110
Portland Timbers 2012 MLS 500050
Toronto FC 2013 MLS 33000330
2014 27040310
2015 1300000130
Total 730400000770
Orlando City 2016 MLS 34000340
2017 33000330
2018 25000250
Total 920000000920
Columbus Crew SC 2019 MLS 600060
Philadelphia Union 2019 MLS 00000000
Career total 18606000001920





  1. "Player Bio: Joseph Bendik". Archived from the original on December 12, 2009. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  2. Meghan Brennan. "Preview:Weekend Norwegian Action". Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  3. "Sogndal vs. Strømsgodset". Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  4. "Bendik eyes MLS". Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  5. "Timbers Sign Bendik". Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  6. "Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Montreal". The Oregonian. April 28, 2012.
  7. "Portland Timbers Trade Joe Bendik, #3 Draft Pick and Allocation Money To Toronto FC for Ryan Johnson and Milos Kocic; Acquire #2 Spot in Allocation Order from Chivas USA". Stumptown Footy. December 12, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  8. "Bendik's Success Story". April 4, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
  9. "Orlando City Acquires Goalkeeper Joe Bendik from Toronto FC". December 21, 2015.
  10. "Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik named winner of 2016's Save of the Year". November 11, 2016.
  11. "Orlando City declines options for eight players after tough 2018 season | Pro Soccer USA". Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  12. Crew SC Communications (December 27, 2018). "Columbus Crew SC signs veteran MLS goalkeeper Joe Bendik". Columbus Crew SC. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  14. "Bendik US soccer". Retrieved October 30, 2011.
  15. DelGallo, Alicia. "Orlando City's Joe Bendik, Jonathan Spector on U.S. 40-man preliminary roster for 2017 Gold Cup". Orlando Sentinel.
  16. "Joe Bendik at". Alt om Fotball. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  17. Joe Bendik at Soccerway
  18. Joe Bendik at Major League Soccer
  19. "Joe Bendik at". Soccer Stats. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
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