2017 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): Epps made 19 appearances for the Union (seven starts) during his rookie season, with 15 appearances coming at right midfield and four at left midfield ... scored two goals and added one assist ... made his first appearance in the matchday 18 for the Union against Portland (April 8), but did not appear ... came on as a second-half substitute at right midfield for his MLS and Union debut at Real Salt Lake (May 27) ... remained in the matchday 18 at NYCFC (June 3) ... made a substitute appearance at right midfield vs. the New York Red Bulls (June 18) and another at left midfield vs. D.C. United (June 24) ... was in the matchday 18 vs. New England (July 2) ... came on for a substitute appearance at right midfield at Sporting KC (July 6) ... started the international friendly vs. Swansea City AFC (July 15) ... made his fifth appearance of the season with a substitution at Montreal (July 19) ... started his first MLS regular-season match by receiving the nod at right midfield at Columbus (July 22) ... in his second consecutive start overall, and first at left midfield, scored his first MLS goal in a 3-0 win over Columbus (July 26) ... started again at left midfield at New England (July 29) ... made substitute appearances at right midfield vs. FC Dallas (August 5), vs. Montreal (August 12) and at San Jose (August 19) ... started at right midfield at Toronto (August 23) ... was in the matchday 18 vs. Atlanta (August 26) ... came on at right midfield at Minnesota (September 9) and started there at the Red Bulls (September 17) ... came on at left midfield vs. Chicago (September 23) and at right midfield at Atlanta (September 27) ... started vs. Seattle (October 1), where he scored the game-winning goal ... made a substitute appearance at right midfield at Chicago (October 15) ... started vs. Orlando (October 22), registering his first Union assist ... made two appearances (one start) in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, scoring one goal ... started at right midfield in the Fourth Round win over Harrisburg (June 14), scoring his first competitive goal for the Union ... came on at right midfield in the Round of 16 at the New York Red Bulls (June 28) ... for Bethlehem Steel FC, Epps made 12 regular-season appearances (12 starts), with nine appearances at right midfield and three appearances at left midfield, scoring one goal ... he started the team's season opener vs. Rochester (April 1) at right midfield ... also started at left midfield against FC Cincinnati (April 9), Harrisburg (April 15) and Orlando City B (April 23) ... started at right midfield vs. FC Cincinnati (April 29), at Charleston (May 6) and at Toronto FC II (May 13), where he drew the game-winning penalty ... returned to the Steel FC starting lineup at right midfield vs. Ottawa (June 4) ... also started at Harrisburg (June 20) and vs. Toronto FC II (August 13) ... scored his first USL goal during a start at Orlando (August 31) ... started at Rochester (October 10) ... prior to the season, he was selected by the club in the Second Round (25th overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft and was officially signed to his first professional contract with Philadelphia on February 6, 2017.
Epps totaled eight goals and nine assists for the University of South Florida Bulls. A 2015 Second Team All-American Athletic Conference, Epps, 21, made 75 appearances over his four-year college career.
Philadelphia Union selected midfielder Marcus Epps in the Second Round (25th overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on January 13, 2017 after acquiring the pick from Minnesota United FC in exchange for the 42nd overall pick, in addition to $50,000 of 2018 General Allocation Money. He was officially signed by the Union on February 6, 2017.
Name: Marcus Epps
Born: January 16, 1995 in Jackson, Mississippi
Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Selected in the Second Round (25th overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by the Philadelphia Union on January 13, 2017. Signed on February 6, 2017.
Epps’ favorite off-the-field hobby is playing FIFA on his Xbox One. Growing up, his favorite team was the Brazil international team and he looked up to Ronaldinho. He lists tacos as his favorite food. His favorite vacation spot is Orlando. He majored in communications in college and would like to be a real estate agent if he did not play soccer.