2017 Philadelphia Union season

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Philadelphia Union
2017 season
OwnerJay Sugarman
Head CoachJim Curtin
StadiumTalen Energy Stadium (Capacity: 18,500)
MLSConference: 8th
Overall: 16th
MLS Cup PlayoffsDid not qualify
U.S. Open CupRound of 16
Top goalscorerLeague: C.J. Sapong (16)
All: Sapong (21)
Highest home attendance18,619
September 23 vs. Chicago
Lowest home attendanceLeague: 15,107
April 22 vs. Montreal
All: 3,866
June 14 vs. Harrisburg
Average home league attendance16,812
← 2016
2018 →

The 2017 Philadelphia Union season was the club's eighth season in Major League Soccer, the top flight of American soccer.

Background[edit]

MLS SuperDraft[edit]

Round Pick Name Position Nationality School
2 25 Marcus Epps Forward United States United States South Florida
33 Aaron Jones Defender England England Clemson
3 55 Chris Nanco Forward Canada Canada Syracuse
4 77 Jack Elliott Defender England England West Virginia
82 Santi Moar Forward Spain Spain Pfeiffer

2016 MLS Regular season[edit]

During the 2016 MLS season the Union finished with an 11–14–9 record, which was enough for a playoff berth, the franchise's first since 2011, as the sixth seed. The Union also had a franchise record eight wins at home, finishing 8–5–4 at home and 3–9–5 on the road.

2016 MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

The Union faced Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference knockout round, where they lost 3–1 at BMO Field. The Union's only playoff goal of 2016 was scored by Alejandro Bedoya in the 73rd minute of that game.

2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. open[edit]

The Union entered the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup playing host to the Harrisburg City Islanders and won by a score of 3–2, advancing to play the New York Red Bulls in the round of 16, where a two-goal effort by Chris Pontius lifted the Union to a 2–1 victory. The Union went on to lose 4–2 in penalties to the New England Revolution after playing to a 1-1 draw through extra time in the quarterfinals.

Roster[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Name Nationality Position Date of Birth (Age) Signed From
Goalkeepers
18 Andre Blake (INT) Jamaica GK (1990-11-21) November 21, 1990 (age 28) United States UConn
23 John McCarthy United States GK (1992-07-04) July 4, 1992 (age 27) United States Rochester Rhinos
29 Jake McGuire United States GK (1994-09-03) September 3, 1994 (age 25) United States University of Tulsa
Defenders
3 Jack Elliott England CB (1995-08-24) August 24, 1995 (age 24) United States West Virginia University
4 Ken Tribbett United States CB (1991-08-25) August 25, 1991 (age 28) United States Bethlehem Steel FC
5 Oguchi Onyewu United States CB (1982-05-13) May 13, 1982 (age 37) Unattached
12 Keegan Rosenberry United States RB (1993-12-11) December 11, 1993 (age 25) United States Georgetown University
15 Joshua Yaro (INT, GA) Ghana LB/CB (1994-03-07) March 7, 1994 (age 25) United States Georgetown University
16 Richie Marquez United States CB (1992-05-26) May 26, 1992 (age 27) United States University of Redlands
19 Aaron Jones England CB (1994-03-12) March 12, 1994 (age 25) United States Clemson Tigers
26 Auston Trusty (HGP) United States CB (1998-08-12) August 12, 1998 (age 21) United States Bethlehem Steel FC
28 Ray Gaddis United States RB (1990-01-13) January 13, 1990 (age 29) United States West Virginia University
32 Giliano Wijnaldum (INT) Netherlands LB (1992-08-31) August 31, 1992 (age 27) Germany VfL Bochum
33 Fabinho Brazil LB (1985-03-16) March 16, 1985 (age 34) Australia Sydney FC
Midfielders
2 Warren Creavalle Guyana DM (1990-08-14) August 14, 1990 (age 29) Canada Toronto FC
6 Haris Medunjanin (INT) Bosnia and Herzegovina CM (1985-03-08) March 8, 1985 (age 34) Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
7 Brian Carroll United States DM (1981-07-20) July 20, 1981 (age 38) United States Columbus Crew SC
8 Maurice Edu (DP) United States DM (1986-04-18) April 18, 1986 (age 33) England Stoke City
10 Roland Alberg (INT) Netherlands CM (1990-08-06) August 6, 1990 (age 29) Netherlands ADO Den Haag
11 Alejandro Bedoya (DP) United States CM/RM (1987-04-29) April 29, 1987 (age 32) France FC Nantes
13 Chris Pontius United States LM (1987-05-12) May 12, 1987 (age 32) United States D.C. United
20 Marcus Epps United States CF (1995-01-16) January 16, 1995 (age 24) United States South Florida
21 Derrick Jones (HGP) Ghana MF (1997-03-03) March 3, 1997 (age 22) United States Bethlehem Steel FC
22 Fafà Picault United States MF (1991-02-23) February 23, 1991 (age 28) Germany FC St. Pauli
24 Adam Najem (HGP) United States MF (1995-01-19) January 19, 1995 (age 24) United States Akron
25 Ilson Jr. (INT) Brazil CM/RM (1985-10-12) October 12, 1985 (age 34) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
30 Eric Ayuk Mbu (INT) Cameroon LM/RM (1997-02-17) February 17, 1997 (age 22) Cameroon Rainbow FC Bamenda
Forwards
9 Charlie Davies United States CF (1986-06-25) June 25, 1986 (age 33) United States New England Revolution
14 Fabian Herbers (INT, GA) Germany CF (1993-08-17) August 17, 1993 (age 26) United States Creighton University
17 C.J. Sapong United States CF (1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 (age 30) United States Sporting Kansas City
27 Jay Simpson (INT) England CF (1988-12-01) December 1, 1988 (age 30) England Leyton Orient

Last updated: March 10, 2017.
Source: Philadelphia Union Roster

Last updated: March 10, 2017.
Source: MLS Designations

DP indicates Designated Player
GA indicates Generation Adidas Player
HGP indicates Home Grown Player
INT indicates MLS International Player and qualifies for an international roster spot

Current staff[edit]

As of March 2016[1]
Position Staff Nation
Head coach Jim Curtin  United States
Technical director/Assistant coach Chris Albright  United States
Assistant coach Mike Sorber  United States
Assistant coach B.J. Callaghan  United States
Goalkeeping coach Oka Nikolov  Macedonia
Head athletic trainer Paul Rushing  United States
Strength and conditioning coach Kevin Miller  United States
Sporting director Earnie Stewart  United States
Academy director Tommy Wilson  Scotland

Competitions[edit]

Preseason[edit]

MLS season[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Toronto FC 34 20 5 9 74 37 +37 69 Conference Semifinals[a]
2 New York City FC 34 16 9 9 56 43 +13 57
3 Chicago Fire 34 16 11 7 62 48 +14 55 Knockout Round
4 Atlanta United FC 34 15 9 10 70 40 +30 55
5 Columbus Crew 34 16 12 6 53 49 +4 54
6 New York Red Bulls 34 14 12 8 53 47 +6 50
7 New England Revolution 34 13 15 6 53 61 −8 45
8 Philadelphia Union 34 11 14 9 50 47 +3 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 11 17 6 52 58 −6 39
10 Orlando City SC 34 10 15 9 39 58 −19 39
11 D.C. United 34 9 20 5 31 60 −29 32
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. ^ Due to a change in format for the CONCACAF Champions League, the regular season conference champions did not automatically earn a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.[2]

League standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
1 Toronto FC (C, X) 34 20 5 9 74 37 +37 69 2018 CONCACAF Champions League
2 New York City FC 34 16 9 9 56 43 +13 57
3 Chicago Fire 34 16 11 7 61 47 +14 55
4 Atlanta United FC 34 15 9 10 70 40 +30 55
5 Columbus Crew 34 16 12 6 53 49 +4 54
6 Portland Timbers 34 15 11 8 60 50 +10 53
7 Seattle Sounders FC 34 14 9 11 52 39 +13 53
8 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 15 12 7 50 49 +1 52
9 New York Red Bulls 34 14 12 8 53 47 +6 50
10 Houston Dynamo 34 13 10 11 57 45 +12 50
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 12 9 13 40 29 +11 49 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
12 San Jose Earthquakes 34 13 14 7 39 60 −21 46
13 FC Dallas 34 11 10 13 48 48 0 46
14 Real Salt Lake 34 13 15 6 49 55 −6 45
15 New England Revolution 34 13 15 6 53 61 −8 45
16 Philadelphia Union 34 11 14 9 50 47 +3 42
17 Montreal Impact 34 11 17 6 52 58 −6 39
18 Orlando City SC 34 10 15 9 39 58 −19 39
19 Minnesota United FC 34 10 18 6 47 70 −23 36
20 Colorado Rapids 34 9 19 6 31 51 −20 33
21 D.C. United 34 9 20 5 31 60 −29 32
22 LA Galaxy 34 8 18 8 45 67 −22 32
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; (X) Supporters' Shield winner.
Notes:
  1. ^

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and Goals[edit]

As of 28 February 2018
No. Pos Nat Player Total MLS MLS Cup U.S. Open Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Defenders
3 DF England Jack Elliott 30 2 29+1 0 0 2 0 0
4 DF United States Ken Tribbett 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF United States Oguchi Onyewu 22 1 22 1 0 0 0 0
12 DF United States Keegan Rosenberry 16 0 11+3 0 0 0 2 0
15 DF Ghana Joshua Yaro 8 0 4+2 0 0 0 2 0
16 DF United States Richie Marquez 15 1 13+2 1 0 0 0 0
19 DF England Aaron Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 DF United States Auston Trusty 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF United States Ray Gaddis 27 0 23+3 0 0 0 0+1 0
32 DF Netherlands Giliano Wijnaldum 14 0 13 0 0 0 1 0
33 DF Brazil Fabinho 23 0 21+1 0 0 0 1 0
Midfielders
2 MF Guyana Warren Creavalle 13 0 5+8 0 0 0 0 0
4 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina Haris Medunjanin 36 2 34 2 0 0 2 0
7 MF United States Brian Carroll 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
8 MF United States Maurice Edu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 MF Netherlands Roland Alberg 26 8 9+15 7 0 0 2 1
11 MF United States Alejandro Bedoya 28 2 28 2 0 0 0 0
13 MF United States Chris Pontius 31 2 27+3 2 0 0 0+1 0
20 MF United States Marcus Epps 21 3 7+12 2 0 0 1+1 1
21 MF United States Derrick Jones 14 1 8+4 0 0 0 2 1
22 MF United States Fafa Picault 29 7 23+5 7 0 0 1 0
24 MF United States Adam Najem 5 0 1+4 0 0 0 0 0
25 MF United States Ilson Jr. 27 6 24+3 6 0 0 0 0
30 MF Cameroon Eric Ayuk Mbu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
9 FW United States Charlie Davies 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
17 FW United States C.J. Sapong 35 17 30+3 16 0 0 2 1
27 FW England Jay Simpson 24 1 4+18 1 0 0 2 0

Statistics are from all matches as documented by Soccerway.com.[4]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 3 March 2018
Place Position Name MLS MLS Cup Open Cup Total
1 FW United States C. J. Sapong 16 0 1 17
2 MF Netherlands Roland Alberg 7 0 1 8
3 MF United States Fafà Picault 7 0 0 7
4 MF Brazil Ilsinho 6 0 0 6
5 MF United States Marcus Epps 2 0 1 3
8 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina Haris Medunjanin 2 0 0 2
MF United States Alejandro Bedoya 2 0 0 2
MF United States Chris Pontius 2 0 0 2
14 DF England Jack Elliott 1 0 0 1
DF United States Oguchi Onyewu 1 0 0 1
MF Germany Fabian Herbers 1 0 0 1
DF United States Richie Marquez 1 0 0 1
MF United States Derrick Jones 0 0 1 1
FW England Jay Simpson 1 0 0 1
Total 49 0 4 53

Goalkeepers[edit]

As of 3 March 2018
Nat. No. Player Apps Starts Record GA GAA SO Yellow card Red card
Jamaica 1 BlakeAndre Blake 26 26 9–10–7 34 1.31 9 2 0
United States 27 McCarthyJohn McCarthy 8 8 2–4–2 13 1.63 1 0 0
United States 29 McCarthyJake McGuire 0 0 0–0–0 0 0.00 0 0 0
Total 11–14–9 47 1.38 10 2 0
Record = W-L-D

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date No. Pos. Player Transferred From Fee/Notes Source
January 5, 2017 32 LB Netherlands Giliano Wijnaldum Germany VfL Bochum Discovery Signing [5]
January 9, 2017 27 FW England Jay Simpson England Leyton Orient Discovery Signing using TAM [6]
January 30, 2017 5 CB United States Oguchi Onyewu Unattached Discovery Signing [7]
January 31, 2017 6 CM Bosnia and Herzegovina Haris Medunjanin Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Signing using TAM [8]
February 2, 2017 22 MF United States Fafà Picault Germany FC St. Pauli Discover Signing [9]
February 6, 2017 20 FW United States Marcus Epps United States South Florida 2017 Philadelphia Union Draft Signing [10]
February 8, 2017 24 MF United States Adam Najem United States University of Akron Traded first right to refusal with New York Red Bulls [11]
February 23, 2017 19 DF England Aaron Jones United States Clemson Tigers 2017 Philadelphia Union Draft Signing [12]
February 24, 2017 3 DF England Jack Elliott United States West Virginia University 2017 Philadelphia Union Draft Signing [13]
March 10, 2017 29 GK United States Jake McGuire United States University of Tulsa Waiver Selection [14]

Out[edit]

Date No. Pos. Player Transferred To Fee/Notes Source
October 28, 2016 10 MF Switzerland Tranquillo Barnetta Switzerland FC St. Gallen End of Contract [15]
November 2, 2016 3 DF United States Taylor Washington United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds Contract Option Declined [16]
November 2, 2016 19 MF United States Cole Missimo Contract Option Declined [16]
November 2, 2016 20 MF Colombia Wálter Restrepo United States New York Cosmos Contract Option Declined [16][17]
November 2, 2016 23 DF Brazil Anderson Conceição Brazil Tombense End of Loan [16]
November 2, 2016 27 GK England Matt Jones Portugal Belenenses End of Loan [16]
November 2, 2016 32 MF Germany Kevin Kratz United States Atlanta United FC Trade for 2020 4th Round MLS SuperDraft Pick [16][18]
January 18, 2017 22 MF Brazil Leo Fernandes United States Tampa Bay Rowdies End of Contract [19]

Loan in[edit]

Date No. Pos. Player Loaned From Notes

Loan out[edit]

Date No. Pos. Player Loaned To Notes
April 4, 2017 30 MF Cameroon Eric Ayuk Sweden Jönköpings Södra IF Remainder of 2017 season[20]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLS Player of the Week[edit]

Week Player Stats
9 United States Chris Pontius 3G

MLS Save of the Week[edit]

Week Player Link
21 United States John McCarthy [1]

End-of-season awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/club/technical-staff
  2. ^ Strauss, Brian (6 April 2017). "MLS clubs have resolution over qualifying for future CCL after format change". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  3. ^ Strauss, Brian (6 April 2017). "MLS clubs have resolution over qualifying for future CCL after format change". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Player Stats". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Philadelphia Union Sign Defender Giliano Wijnaldum". Philadelphia Union. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Philadelphia Union Sign Forward Jay Simpson". Philadelphia Union. January 9, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Philadelphia Union Sign Defender Oguchi Onyewu". Philadelphia Union. January 30, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "Philadelphia Union Sign Midfielder Haris Medunjanin". Philadelphia Union. January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "Philadelphia Union Sign Winger Fabrice "Fafa" Picault". Philadelphia Union. February 2, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Philadelphia Union Sign 25th Overall Pick Marcus Epps". Philadelphia Union. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "Philadelphia Union Acquire Midfielder Adam Najem". Philadelphia Union. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "Philadelphia Union Sign SuperDraft Selection Aaron Jones". Philadelphia Union. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  13. ^ "Philadelphia Union Sign SuperDraft Selection Jack Elliott". Philadelphia Union. February 24, 2017. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  14. ^ "Philadelphia Union Sign Goalkeeper Jake McGuire". Philadelphia Union. March 10, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  15. ^ "Tranquillo Barnetta to leave Philadelphia Union after 2016 season". MLSSoccer.com. September 27, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  16. ^ a b c d e f "Transcript and video: Earnie Stewart and Jim Curtin press conference". PhillySoccerPage.com. November 2, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  17. ^ "Cosmos Re-sign Midfielder Walter Restrepo". New York Cosmos. January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  18. ^ "OFFICIAL: Atlanta United acquires Kevin Kratz from Philadelphia Union". Dirty South Soccer. December 11, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  19. ^ "Midfielder Leo Fernandes Joins Tampa Bay Rowdies". Tampa Bay Rowdies. January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  20. ^ "Philadelphia Union Loan Eric Ayuk To Jönköpings Södra IF". Philadelphia Union. April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017.

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