2017 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): Najem made five appearances (one start) for Philadelphia at central attacking midfield during his rookie season ... he came on as a second-half substitute for his MLS debut against New York City FC (April 14) ... was in the matchday 18 for the clashes at D.C. United (May 13), vs. Houston (May 17) and vs. Colorado (May 20), but did not appear ... came on as a substitute in the friendly vs. Swansea City AFC (July 15) ... came on as a substitute at Montreal (July 19) ... registered his first career MLS regular-season start at Columbus (July 22) ... appeared for the third straight league match with a substitute's nod vs. Columbus (July 26) ... made a substitute appearance at San Jose (August 19) ... made one appearance in the Union's 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run ... was in the matchday 18 for the Union's Fourth Round match vs. Harrisburg (June 14) ... came on as a substitute at central midfield at the New York Red Bulls (June 28) ... for Bethlehem Steel FC, he made 22 regular-season appearances (22 starts), with 17 appearances at central attacking midfield and five appearances at central midfield, totaling two goals and eight assists ... he started the team's season opener vs. Rochester (April 1) at central attacking midfield ... shifting to central midfield, he continued in the starting lineup for Steel FC vs. Cincinnati (April 9) ... he again started at central attacking midfield at Harrisburg (April 15) and at central midfield vs. Orlando City B (April 23) and FC Cincinnati (April 29), where he recorded an assist on Hugh Roberts' goal in a 1-0 win ... continued in the starting lineup with the nod at central attacking midfield at Charleston (May 6) and also vs. Ottawa (June 4) and at Saint Louis FC (June 11) ... in a start at New York Red Bulls II (June 16), he totaled a goal (his first professional tally) and an assist ... assisted again during a start in a 1-0 win at Harrisburg (June 20) ... started at central midfield vs. Richmond (July 1) ... registered his fourth assist of the season for Steel FC during a start at central attacking midfield vs. NYRB II (July 9) ... returned to the Steel FC starting lineup at central attacking midfield vs. Charlotte (July 29) and also started there vs. Toronto FC II (August 13), at Pittsburgh (August 26) and in every Steel FC match through the contest vs. Tampa Bay (September 27), including in a one-goal, one-assist performance vs. Pittsburgh (September 24) ... recorded his sixth assist for Steel FC vs. Tampa Bay (September 27) ... started at Toronto FC II (October 6), recording two assists ... continued in the starting lineup at Rochester (October 10) at central attacking midfield, as well as vs. Saint Louis FC (October 15) at central midfield ... he started Steel FC's playoff contest at Louisville (October 20) ... prior to the season, he was acquired and signed by Philadelphia on February 8, 2017.
A four-year starter at the University of Akron, Najem totaled 89 appearances (87 starts) over his collegiate career, scoring 33 goals and adding 29 assists. His single-season career-high in goals was 14, set in 2014-15, and his single-campaign best in helpers was 11, set a year later as part of a 10-goal, 11-assist season in 2015-16. He was named the 2016 MAC Player of the Year and is a four-time first-team All-Mid-American Conference honoree. Additionally, the midfielder was named a Second-Team NSCAA All-American in 2015 and a Third-Team NSCAA All-American in 2016. He is also a two-time First Team NSCAA Academic All-American (2015, 2016).
Philadelphia Union sign Adam Najem after acquiring his Right of First Refusal from the New York Red Bulls on February 8, 2017 in exchange for their natural Second Round 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
Name: Adam Najem
Born: January 19, 1995 in Wayne, NJ
Hometown: Clifton, NJ
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Philadelphia Union sign Adam Najem after acquiring his Right of First Refusal from the New York Red Bulls on February 8, 2017 in exchange for their natural Second Round 2018 MLS SuperDraft