21 members of the Union Academy have announced their commitments to the college level.
The players are still eligible to be signed to Home Grown contracts as long as they continue to meet MLS standards while in college.
Per the 2011 MLS Roster Rules, "a club may sign a player to his first professional contract without subjecting him to the MLS SuperDraft if the player has trained for at least one year in the club’s youth development program and has met League criteria."
There is no limit to the number of Home Grown players a club may sign in a given year. The Union currently have two: 17-year-old midfielder Zach Pfeffer and 18-year-old midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin.
"I'm extremely happy to see so many of our Union Academy players committing to continue their soccer-playing careers at some of the top schools in the nation," said Union youth technical director Alecko Eskandarian. "As we all know, not every player is fortunate enough to be signed to a professional Home Grown player contract with the Union. However, it is just as important for our program to help our kids pursue the opportunity to play collegiate soccer at a high level, and to also use soccer as a means to receive a great education. We will closely monitor the progress of all our Union Academy alums throughout their college careers and wish them luck on their path to wearing a Union jersey again in the future."
Committed Union Academy players (club team in parentheses)
Colton Amidon (FC DELCO) - Penn State
Darius Madison (FC DELCO, pictured above) - University of Virginia
Christiano Francois (PDA) - University of Maryland
Jelani Williams (PDA) - St. John's University
Brandon Savino (PDA) - St. John's University
Christian Kaschak (PA Classics) - Penn State University
Shane Campbell (FC DELCO) - Penn State University
Zack Steffen (FC DELCO) - University of Maryland
Brett Campbell (FC DELCO) - Georgetown University
Andrew Herr (FC DELCO) - Michigan State University
Melvin Snoh (Penn Fusion) - Georgetown University
Thomas Bull (PDA) - Amherst College
Kyle Bitterman (PA Classics) - Fordham University
Jonathan Wenger (PA Classics) - Elon University
Quincy Thomas (PA Classics) - University of Memphis
Thomas Shiiba (Penn Fusion) - United States Naval Academy
Keegan Rosenberry (Penn Fusion) - Georgetown University
Kyle Morton (Penn Fusion) - James Madison University
Jared Martinelli (HMMS) - Temple University
Alex Murphy (Penn Fusion) - University of Pennsylvania
Sam Frymier (Penn Fusion) - Duquesne University