Ken Tribbett

Ken Tribbett (born August 25, 1992) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Nashville SC in Major League Soccer.

Ken Tribbett
Tribbett playing for Bethlehem Steel FC in 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-08-25) August 25, 1992
Place of birth Centennial, Colorado, United States
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nashville SC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Drexel Dragons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Ocean City Nor'easters 12 (5)
2014 Michigan Bucks 13 (1)
2015 Harrisburg City Islanders 28 (3)
2016–2017 Philadelphia Union 23 (2)
2016–2017Bethlehem Steel (loan) 13 (1)
2018 Penn FC 21 (6)
2019 Nashville SC (USL) 25 (4)
2020– Nashville SC 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 23, 2019

Playing career


Tribbett played college soccer at Drexel University between 2010 and 2013.[1]


Ocean City Nor'easters

While at college, Tribbett appeared for USL PDL club Ocean City Nor'easters in 2013[2] and played with fellow PDL club Michigan Bucks in 2014 after graduating.[3]

Harrisburg City Islanders

Tribbett signed with United Soccer League club Harrisburg City Islanders on March 24, 2015.[4] Tribbett would become an immediate contributor to the City Islanders making 28 appearances and scoring 3 goals from the backline. His seasonal performance named him a 2015 USL Rookie of the Year finalist.[5]

Philadelphia Union

Tribbett moved to USL side Bethlehem Steel on January 29, 2016.[6] After less than a month with Bethlehem Steel, Tribbett signed with Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union, the parent club to Bethlehem Steel.[7] Originally brought in as depth, Tribbett started the first match of the season against FC Dallas due to impressing in preseason and other roster injury concerns. His first goal for the Union was an equalizer at Orlando City.[8] Tribbett's rookie season would show flashes of promise mixed with damning errors, notably in a home match losing 3-1 to Toronto FC, scoring the Union's only goal but costing several errors.[9] The rookie would struggle against Toronto FC again in the opening game of the playoffs with defensive miscues leading to two of Toronto's three goals.[10]

His appearances with the Union would be limited during the 2017 season making only one league appearance for the Union. Most of his time would be individual loans spells to Bethlehem Steel FC where he would make 12 appearances and scored once. At the end of the season, Tribbett was released from Union.[11]

Penn FC

Tribbett returned to Harrisburg joining USL side Penn FC on March 2, 2018.[12] He would resume his role as a leader in the newly branded team. Tribbett was appointed captain making 21 appearances and scoring 6 goals (second most for the team) at centerback.[13]

Nashville SC

USL side Nashville SC announced they had signed Tribbett for the 2019 season on November 28, 2018.[14]


  1. "Drexel Dragons - Ken Tribbett - 2013 Men's Soccer".
  2. "Ken Tribbett - Ocean City FC".
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 24, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Harrisburg City Islanders Announce 2015 Roster at Preseason Press Conference".
  5. "Tribbett Named Finalist for 2015 USL Rookie of the Year". OurSportsCentral. October 19, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. "Philadelphia Union Sign Defender Ken Tribbett". Philadelphia Union.
  8. "Tribbett scores 1st MLS goal in 75th; Union tie Orlando City". USA Today. May 25, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  9. Ryan Bright (August 20, 2016). "Tribbett, Union out-classed by Toronto FC in 3-1 loss". CSN Philadelphia. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  10. Ryan Bright (October 26, 2016). "Union's season over after MLS playoffs loss to Toronto FC". CSN Philadelphia. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  11. "Philadelphia Union Exercise 2018 Options On 11 Players". Philadelphia Union. November 1, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  12. "Penn FC picks up Tribbett". 2 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  13. "Penn FC's most memorable moments of 2018". 22 October 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  14. "Nashville SC signs Ken Tribbett to bolster defense". 28 November 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2019.

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