Union Trio named to FIFA23 MLS Team of the Season


EA Sports announced on Sunday afternoon that the Philadelphia Union trio of Andre Blake, Jakob Glesnes and Kai Wagner have been named to the MLS Team of the Season for FUT in FIFA23.

With the league's unique position within the soccer landscape, the entire 2022 league season and the start of the 2023 campaign is used to determine which 11 players will be selected.

Blake became the first player in MLS history to earn three Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year awards. Blake produced 15 clean sheets, which tied Jimmy Nielsen (2012) for the second most in a single season in MLS history. He also only allowed 0.76 goals per game, which was the second-best mark by a goalkeeper who played at least 2,000 minutes in a season (Nick Rimando, 0.67 in 2010). Blake is the first goalkeeper in league history to earn three Best XI selections, also garnering the honors in 2016 and 2020.

The MLS Defender of the Year, Glesnes became the second player in club history to be named to the league's Best XI in 2022. Glesnes was the only outfield player in MLS this season to play all 3,060 minutes, as he led a Philadelphia defense that allowed the fewest goals (26) in a 34-game regular season in MLS history. The Norwegian led the Union with 57 interceptions in 2022, good for the fifth most in MLS.

Wagner, who finished second in MLS Defender of the Year voting to his teammate Jakob Glesnes, was also a MLS Best XI selection. At left back, Wagner became the first defender in MLS history to record 15 assists in a single season, which was tied for the second most among all players in 2022. The German started 33 games for a Union team that allowed the fewest goals (26) in a 34-game regular season in MLS history. His 55 interceptions were tied for the seventh most in the league and two behind teammate Jakob Glesnes.