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 2018, Blake made 33 regular-season appearances (33 starts) in goal, registering a 14-14-5 record with a career-best 10 shutouts. He kept a clean sheet on opening day with a three-save blanking of New England (March 3), and again allowed zero goals in his second start of the season, vs. Columbus (March 17). He became the Union's all-time saves leader, passing Zac MacMath, with three stops as part of a win at Chicago (July 11). Continuing his strong form, he kept back-to-back clean sheets in home wins vs. NYCFC (August 18) and New England (August 25) and was named to the MLS Team of the Week (Week 26) for his performance in the latter. He notched his third straight shutout with a three-save blanking at D.C. United (August 29), tying the Union record for most goalkeeper wins in a single season (12). He kept his ninth clean sheet of the season while setting the Union single-season saves record in the win at Seattle (September 19). Following that up, he set a new single-season career best with his 10th shutout, at Columbus (September 29) and was named to the MLS Team of the Week (Week 31). He also started the Union's Knockout Round postseason match at NYCFC (October 31). In the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Blake made four appearances (four starts) in goal. He made his season debut in the tournament as part of the Round of 16 win over the Red Bulls (June 16). He kept a clean sheet in the Quarterfinals win over Orlando (July 18) and recorded another shutout in the Semifinals win over Chicago (August 8).
Mark McKenzie#4, Defender
In 2018, McKenzie made 19 regular-season appearances (18 starts) for Philadelphia at centerback and was named a finalist for the league's Rookie of the Year award. He made his club and league debut with a substitute appearance vs. Orlando (April 13) and followed that up with his first MLS start the next week, at FC Dallas (April 21). He was part of a clean sheet performance in his second career start, at Montreal (May 12). He helped the Union to another clean sheet during a start at the New York Red Bulls (May 26) and was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 13. Once again, he was part of a clean sheet win over Vancouver (June 23), for which he was named to the MLS Team of the Week (Week 17). He came on as a substitute in the 2018 MLS Homegrown Game (July 31), wearing the captain's armband in the second half. He earned a call-up from the U.S. U-20s ahead of the Four Team International Tournament in September, where he served as the captain in the opening match vs. Jamaica (September 7) and in the final match vs. Venezuela (September 11). He was again named to the U.S. U-20 roster for the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship, and he also started the Union's Knockout Round match at NYCFC (October 31). In the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, McKenzie made three appearances (three starts) at centerback. For Bethlehem Steel FC, he made two appearances (two starts) at centerback.
Keegan Rosenberry#12, Defender
In 2018, Rosenberry made 32 regular-season appearances (31 starts) at rightback in 2018, registering one goal and three assists. He notched his first helper of the campaign on Ilsinho's opening goal vs. D.C. United (April 28) and scored his first goal of the year with a shot from distance as part of a 4-1 win over Real Salt Lake (May 19). He recorded his first multi-assist match with two helpers in the postseason-clinching win over Minnesota (October 6) and was named to the MLS Team of the Week (Week 32) for his efforts. He started the club's Knockout Round match at NYCFC (October 31). In the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, he made five appearances (five starts) at rightback.
Auston Trusty#26, Defender
In 2018, Trusty made 34 regular-season appearances (34 starts) at centerback, totaling one goal and one assist. He was the only player on the Union to play every minute of every regular-season match, setting a new league record for the youngest field player to do so over a 34-game regular season. He made his club and league debut with a start on opening day vs. New England (March 3), helping the Union keep a clean sheet. He started the 2018 MLS Homegrown Game (July 31). He scored his first career MLS goal off of a corner kick during the match vs. Montreal (September 15). He recorded the game-winning assist vs. Sporting KC (September 23) and was also named to the MLS Team of the Week (Week 30). Trusty made five appearances (four starts) in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He came on as a second-half substitute to help close out a 5-0 Fourth Round win over Richmond (June 5), started the Round of 16 win over the Red Bulls (June 16), and helped keep a clean sheet as part of a start in the Quarterfinals win over Orlando (July 18) and in the Semifinals win over Chicago (August 8).
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. In 2018, Curtin again led the Union to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, while also clinching an MLS Cup Playoffs berth for the third time in team history as well as the second time in two seasons. During the 2018 campaign, the Union reached 50 points for the first time in team history. The club also set a new record for most road wins in a season.
*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.