Meet and learn from Philadelphia Union players and coaches. Here are just a few of the coaches and players scheduled to make guest appearances:*
Andre Blake#18, Goalkeeper
In 2017, Blake made 26 appearances (all starts) for the Union, compiling a 9-10-7 record with a career-best nine shutouts. He was named a finalist for the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year award for the second straight season. He was called-up by Jamaica to represent the Reggae Boyz in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, leading the team to the final and winning the tournament’s Golden Gloves award as well as a Best XI nomination. The first overall selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by the Union, Blake broke out in 2016, starting 32 matches for Philadelphia en route to being named the 2016 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Also named an MLS All-Star that season, Blake totaled 99 saves, six shutouts, and a 1.56 goals-against average.
Richie Marquez#16, Defender
A defender entering his fourth season with the Union in 2017, Richie Marquez emerged as a steady presence on the backline following a 2016 campaign that saw him play in 33 out of 34 MLS regular-season matches. Selected in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Redlands, Marquez made 15 appearances (13 starts) at centerback in 2017, scoring one goal. During a start vs. Portland (April 8), he scored his first goal of the season via a header following a corner kick from Haris Medunjanin. Marquez made four regular-season appearances (four starts) at centerback for Bethlehem Steel FC.
Keegan Rosenberry#12, Defender
In 2017, Rosenberry made 14 appearances (11 starts) at rightback in his second professional campaign, registering one assist. He made two appearances (two starts) in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. For Bethlehem Steel FC, Rosenberry made one regular-season appearance (one start) at rightback. Rosenberry joined the Union as the third overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft and immediately put together a strong rookie season, playing every minute of every regular-season match, the only field player to achieve that in 2016 and the first rookie to do it as part of a 34-match regular season. He was runner-up in the MLS Rookie of the Year voting and won the MLS Individual Fair Play Award after not receiving a single booking throughout the campaign. He scored two goals throughout his rookie year, including the game-winner against Columbus on August 25, 2016, and started the Union’s postseason contest at Toronto FC. In 2015 at Georgetown, Rosenberry was named first Team NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region. Over his four years with the Hoyas, he made 90 appearances and scored four times.
Jim CurtinHead Coach
Initially serving as Interim Team Manager in 2014 Curtin led the Union to its first U.S. Open Cup finals in franchise history. Following an impressive first year in charge, he was named Head Coach of Philadelphia Union on November 7, 2014. Curtin attended Villanova University where he was named Big East Rookie of the Year in 1997 and two-time first team All-Big East. Additionally, he was a 2004 MLS All-Star and won two U.S. Open Cup Championships as a defender with the Chicago Fire. In 2016 he led Union back to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.
*Please note: Each week will feature at least one Philadelphia Union coach & two Philadelphia Union players, including staff and players not listed above. Philadelphia Union players and coaches are subject to change
Photo credits: All Philadelphia Union photos courtesy of Greg Carroccio (Sideline Photos) and Getty Images.