CHESTER, Pa. (Nov. 15, 2022) – Philadelphia Union today announced that they have exercised the contract options on seven players from their 2022 roster, while 18 contracts were already guaranteed for next season, giving the club a roster that currently features 25 players under contract for the 2023 campaign.
Options have been exercised for Chris Donovan, Leon Flach, Matt Freese, Nathan Harriel, Gino Portella, Matthew Real, and Kai Wagner.
The club is in conversation with Joe Bendik (out of contract) and Cory Burke (option declined) about returning to the Union in 2023. Additionally, the club declined the option for Cole Turner.
Players under contract for 2023: Paxten Aaronson, Abasa Aremeyaw, Alejandro Bedoya, Andre Blake, Jesús Bueno, Julian Carranza, Brandan Craig, Jack Elliott, Daniel Gazdag (option automatically exercised), Jakob Glesnes, José Martínez (option automatically exercised), Olivier Mbaizo, Jack McGlynn, Richard Odada, Jeremy Rafanello, Anton Sorenson, Quinn Sullivan, and Mikael Uhre.
Options Exercised: Chris Donovan, Leon Flach, Matt Freese, Nathan Harriel, Gino Portella, Matthew Real, and Kai Wagner.
Players out of contract: Joe Bendik*
Option Declined: Cole Turner, Cory Burke*
*New contracts being negotiated
2023 Philadelphia Union roster (as of Nov. 15, 2022, listed alphabetically)
Goalkeepers (2): Andre Blake, Matt Freese.
Defenders (9): Abasa Aremeyaw, Jack Elliott, Jakob Glesnes, Nathan Harriel, Olivier Mbaizo, Gino Portella, Matthew Real, Anton Sorenson, Kai Wagner.
Midfielders (10): Paxten Aaronson, Alejandro Bedoya, Jesús Bueno, Brandan Craig, Leon Flach, Daniel Gazdag, José Martínez, Jack McGlynn, Richard Odada, Quinn Sullivan.
Forwards (4): Julian Carranza, Chris Donovan, Jeremy Rafanello, Mikael Uhre.