Philadelphia Union Add Seitz to Roster

GK Acquired from Real Salt Lake

CHESTER, Pa (November
30, 2009)
— Just five days after
drafting 10 players from in the 2009 Major League Soccer Expansion
Draft, Philadelphia Union have added former Real Salt Lake goalkeeper
Chris Seitz to their roster in exchange for allocation money. Financial
terms, as per club policy, are not disclosed. 

“We are extremely
excited about acquiring Chris Seitz who has been in the U.S. Men’s
National Team goalkeeper pool and with Real Salt Lake the past three
seasons,” said Philadelphia Union Team Manager Peter Nowak. “He’s
physically imposing and now has a chance to compete to become a starting
goalkeeper in MLS and realize his full potential.”

During his three years
in Salt Lake, Seitz made seven starts-three in his rookie season and
four during RSL’s 2009 MLS Cup Championship campaign-and recorded a 1.86
goals against average in 630 minutes in goal. Drafted fourth overall in
the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, Seitz was the second highest goalkeeper
drafted in League history and became the second youngest goalkeeper to
start an MLS match (20 years, 49 days of age) when he made his MLS debut
on April 30, 2007. Only Tim Howard, current Everton (EPL) and #1 USMNT
goalkeeper was younger by about six months.

Seitz also helped the
U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics
with a solid performance in the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament in
January 2008. He also received call-ups to the Senior Men’s National
Team camps and training sessions on a handful of occasions over the last
two seasons.

“With the addition of Chris to our club, we’ve got two good
young goalkeepers who will help build a strong foundation for our
future,” offered CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “I’ve seen
and heard a lot about Chris and Brad Knighton, who we drafted from New
England, and I look forward to watching the competition between them
once training begins.”

Born in California, Seitz
played college soccer at Maryland, leading the squad to a 2005 National
Championship as a freshman. In two seasons with the Terps, he registered
a 28-5-3 record to go along with a sterling 0.77 GAA and 16 shutouts.

Philadelphia Union’s
first ever First Kick will take place on the road, March 25, 2010 vs.
Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field and nationally televised on
ESPN2/ESPN Deportes. The club’s home opener is April 10 vs. regional
rival D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field.

Keystone Sports and
Entertainment, LLC, is the Philadelphia Union ownership group. It is
comprised of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iStar Financial Jay
Sugarman, CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Christopher and
Robert Buccini and David Pollin, founding partners of the Buccini Pollin
Group, Swarthmore Group’s Jim Nevels (Chairman) and Paula Mandle (CEO),
and Philadelphia attorney William Doran. For more information about
Philadelphia Union, visit

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Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City
Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution,
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