Union sign five players as 2012 season approaches
Chester, Pa. (February 21, 2012) – Philadelphia Union continued to fine tune the club's roster today, signing SuperDraft selections Greg Jordan and Raymon Gaddis, Supplemental picks Krystian Witkowski and Antoine Hoppenot and goalkeeper Chase Harrison. The quintet has been training with the club since the start of preseason. Per club and MLS policies, the terms of their deals will not be released.
Jordan, picked 32nd overall in the 2012 SuperDraft, was named to the NSCAA All-American Second Team in 2011 as a senior, as well as the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team as both a junior and senior. He helped Creighton secure 19 shutouts in 2011, adding three goals and three assists. In his four-year college career, Jordan scored seven goals and added eight assists. Jordan attended a U.S. U-17 national team camp in 2006.
Gaddis, selected 35th overall in the 2012 SuperDraft, played for Union PDL affiliate Reading United in 2010 and 2011. Considered one of the top right backs in the draft, Gaddis earned second team all-BIG EAST honors as a senior in 2011. He was a MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List member prior to the season after being named a third team All-American by TopDrawerSoccer in 2010. Gaddis registered six assists in 73 career games at West Virginia University.
Harrison returns to the Union after intially signing with the club in September of 2011. Formerly a member of the Harrisburg City Islanders, Harrison led the Islanders to the 2011 USL-Pro final but the team lost in a penalty shootout to the Orlando City Lions. During his second season with the club, the goalkeeper registered a total of five shutouts in goal, posting a 1.3 GAA and 8-6-6 record. As a City Islander in 2009, Harrison earned eight shutouts, finishing with an 8-4-4 record and a 0.81 GAA, the best mark in the league.
Witkowski, a midfielder out of Marist College, was the 26th overall pick in the 2012 Supplemental Draft. He collected three consecutive All-MAAC First Team awards and in 2011 was named to the All-North Atlantic Region second team. In 71 collegiate games, Witkowski registered 21 goals and 12 assists, including nine goals and six assists as a junior. Prior to playing for Marist, Witkowski featured for the U-18 Polish national team.
Hoppenot, taken 39th overall in the Supplemental Draft, was a three time First-Team All-Ivy selection and was ranked 20th on the Top Drawer Soccer Men's National Top 100 list as a senior. In 2010, he was named Ivy League Player of the Year and was a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, as well as garnered Second-Team All-American honors. Born in Paris, France and raised in Princeton, N.J., Hoppenot tallied 26 goals and 15 assists in his college career. Last week, Hoppenot scored two second-half goals in a 5-0 preseason win against the University of Central Florida.