2020 (Philadelphia): Glesnes has made 19 appearances (17 starts) for the Union at centerback, scoring one goal ... He made his Union debut in the season opener on the road against FC Dallas (February 29) … Glesnes registered his first Union goal on the road against LAFC (March 8), scoring off a long-distance freekick...Returned to the starting XI and helped the club a 1-0 shutout of New York Red Bulls (August 25)...Helped the club to another shutout against Red Bulls (September 30)...helped the club once more to back-to-back shutouts with a draw at FC Cincinnati (September 23) and then against Inter Miami CF (September 27) in a 3-0 winning effort.
Glesnes comes to Philadelphia from the first-tier Norwegian league, Eliteserien, where he captained Stromsgodset Toppfotball. Joining Stromsgodset IF in 2016, Glesnes made 30 appearances in the 2018/19 season, contributing three assists in that time and has totaled three goals and seven assists in 113 matches overall for the club. Additionally, he played in three NM-Cup matches.
Previously, Glesnes played for First Division club Asane in 2015 before joining first-tier club Sarpsborg 08, making his debut in March 2016. His first appearance for the Norway’s Men’s U21 national team came on October 7, 2016 and he was called up to represent the senior Norway Men’s National Team in October 2019.
Off the field, Glesnes has been recognized for his community work and commitment to youth soccer. He was named Norwegian soccer’s Role Model of the Year and Stromsgodset’s Community Player of the Year in 2017 for his work with community youth soccer program, Blue Hour.
TRANSACTION: Philadelphia Union sign defender Jakob Glesnes using Targeted Allocation Money on January 31, 2020.