2018 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): Burke made 29 regular-season appearances (15 starts) for Philadelphia in 2018, totaling a team-lead-tying 10 goals and one assist. In the opener vs. New England (March 3), he came on as a substitute at right midfield, registering an assist on CJ Sapong's goal. He recorded his first MLS goal during his first MLS start, at Montreal (May 12), a tally that proved to be the game-winner. He recorded another game-winner, his team-record tying fifth of the season, in the win over New England (August 25). Internationally, he received a call-up from Jamaica ahead of a friendly vs. Ecuador (September 7) and a home 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifier vs. the Cayman Islands (September 9); he started the second match, his 14th cap, totaling two goals in a 4-0 win. He received another call-up from Jamaica ahead of a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier vs. Bonaire (October 14), in which he started and scored in a 6-0 victory. On Decision Day, he scored his 10th goal of the season, tying for the team lead, at NYCFC (October 28). He also started the team's Knockout Round match at NYCFC (October 31), scoring his first career playoff goal. In the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Burke made five appearances (five starts) at forward, totaling three goals and one assist. He drew a penalty and recorded an assist on Marcus Epps' goal as part of a 5-0 Fourth Round win over Richmond (June 5). Additionally, he scored the game-winning goal in the Round of 16 win over the Red Bulls (June 16) and notched a second-half brace during the Semifinals win over Chicago (August 8). For Bethlehem Steel FC, Burke made four regular-season appearances (four starts) at forward, scoring two goals and adding two assists. He scored his first goal of the season for Steel FC vs. Charleston (April 8) and tallied again vs. FC Cincinnati (April 15). He also helped Steel FC to a 3-0 win over New York Red Bulls II (May 16), registering two assists in the contest.
2017 (Bethlehem): Burke scored nine goals and added two assists over 25 appearances (22 starts) for Bethlehem. He also made appearances for Jamaica in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and Caribbean Cup. He also started in the club's postseason mach at Louisville.
2016 (Bethlehem): Burke played in 20 games and started 14 matches for Steel FC. Burke added a scoring presence, finishing second on the team in goals with four while adding two assists. He also finished second on the squad with 42 shots taken while placing a team-high 16 on target. Acquired via loan on Feb. 17, 2016, from Rivoli United FC of the Red Stripe Premier League in his native Jamaica. Burke was purchased from the Jamaican club on Nov. 14, 2016, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
2013-2015 (Rivoli United): Played for Rivoli United where he scored 12 goals and was the second-leading scorer in Jamaica’s Red Stripe Premier League in the 15-16 season. In 2014-15, he scored 11 goals making a total of 23 goals in the past two seasons, the third most in the league since the start of the 2014-15 campaign. Overall at Rivoli, Burke has scored 25 goals in three seasons.
Burke has earned 16 caps for his country. He made his debut in a World Cup qualifier against Haiti on September 7, 2016. He scored his first international goal just over a month later, tallying against Guyana in Caribbean Cup Qualification on October 12, 2016. He made five appearances in the 2017 Gold Cup, in which Jamaica finished as runners-up. He earned his first call-up of 2018 in September, ahead of a friendly vs. Ecuador at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey (September 7), and a home contest against the Cayman Islands in 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League qualification (September 9). Burke did not appear in the first contest, but he started the second, notching two goals as part of a 4-0 win. He was again called up ahead of Jamaica's second Nations League qualifier at Bonaire (October 14) -- which he started for his 15th cap, scoring in the 6-0 victory -- as well as their third, home vs. Suriname (November 17), in which he started and scored again in a 2-1 win.
Signed by Philadelphia Union on December 21, 2017. He will occupy an international roster slot.
Name: Cory Burke
Born: December 28, 1991 in Kingston, Jamaica
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Acquired: Signed by Philadelphia Union on December 21, 2017. He will occupy an international roster slot.
Previous Experience: Rivoli United (2013-2016), Bethlehem Steel FC (2016-2017)