Matthew Real

Matthew Joseph Real (born July 10, 1999) is an American soccer player who plays for Philadelphia Union in MLS.

Matthew Real
Real with Bethlehem Steel FC in 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1999-07-10) July 10, 1999
Place of birth Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Youth career
2013–2016 Philadelphia Union
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 Bethlehem Steel 20 (1)
2018– Philadelphia Union 6 (0)
2018–Bethlehem Steel (loan) 39 (1)
National team
2017 United States U18 3 (0)
2018– United States U20 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 11, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 16, 2018


Real signed an amateur deal to play with United Soccer League side Bethlehem Steel FC for their 2016 season. He had committed to play college soccer at Wake Forest University,[1] before opting to sign a professional contract with Bethlehem Steel FC on January 17, 2017.[2]

Real signed a homegrown contract with Bethlehem Steel's MLS parent club Philadelphia Union on January 18, 2018.[3] Real made his MLS debut in the Union's 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids on March 31, 2018. Putting forth a solid 75-minute performance, saving a goal on the line to keep the Rapids scoreless heading into the half.

Personal life

Real was born in the United States to a Brazilian father and an American mother.[4]


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