Player Details

Name

Matthew Freese

Pronunciation

FREEZE

Height

6' 3"

Weight

194 lbs

Date of Birth

9.2.1998 (24)

Birthplace

Wayne, PA USA

Position

Goalkeeper

Position Detail

Goalkeeper

Preferred Side

Unknown

Roster Category

Supplemental Slots 25-28

Player Category

Homegrown
2022 MLS Regular Season
2022 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2022 (Union II): Freese made 15 appearances (15 starts) for Union II...Registered 59 saves in the inaugural MLS NEXT Pro season.

2021 (Philadelphia): Freese made his first start of the 2021 MLS Regular Season during a 1-1 away draw at NYRB (Jul. 8)...Has started six games for the squad in 2021...Made his first postseason start against New York City FC in the Eastern Conference Finals of the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs, becoming the first homegrown goalkeeper in club history to start a MLS Cup Playoffs match.

2019 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): Freese made six appearances (five starts) for the Union ... came on in relief of Andre Blake for his MLS and Union debut vs. Montreal (April 20) ... made his first MLS start one week later at Vancouver (April 27), making four saves in a 1-1 draw ... started his second consecutive match, vs. Cincinnati (May 1) but left early with an oblique strain, missing the matches from vs. New England (May 4) through vs. Portland (May 25) ... was removed from the injury report prior to the match vs. Colorado (May 29) ... was named to the roster for the 2019 MLS Homegrown Game, but would miss the event due to injury ... missed the stretch of matches from vs. Chicago (July 20) through at D.C. United (August 4) with a right quad strain ... was called up by the United States Under-23 national team ahead of a training camp in Chula Vista, CA from September 1-10; during the camp, he started a friendly vs. Japan (September 9), keeping a clean sheet for 45 minutes ... for Bethlehem, Freese has made seven appearances (seven starts) ... kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win during Steel FC's opening match of 2019, at Birmingham (March 10) ... nominated for USL Championship save of the week (week 28) ... prior to the season, he signed his first professional contract as the Union's 10th all-time Homegrown Player on December 21, 2018.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Freese is a United States youth international and most recently was called into the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team training camp in January 2021 and was part of the squad for the 2021 Concacaf Olympic Qualifiers...He received his first call-up as a member of the Union in 2019, by the United States Under-23 national team ahead of a training camp in Chula Vista, CA from September 1-10. During the camp, he started a friendly vs. Japan (September 9), keeping a clean sheet for 45 minutes. Previously, he was called up by the Under-19 National Team for training camp in February of 2017.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

Over two seasons at Harvard University, Freese played in 16 matches, totaling 77 saves. In his second season, he earned Second-Team All-Ivy League honors.

YOUTH EXPERIENCE

A Union Academy alumnus, he made six starts in seven appearances for the U-17/18s in the academy’s 2016-17 season.

ACQUIRED: Signed by Philadelphia Union as a Homegrown Player on December 21, 2018.