2018 (Philadelphia): Real signed with the Union First Team as a Homegrown Player on January 18, 2018.
2017 (Bethlehem): Real signed a USL deal with Steel FC on January 17, 2017. Over his first professional season, he scored one goal and added one assist in 17 appearances, all starts, seeing the field for 1,607 minutes. He made his season debut at leftback at Toronto FC II on May 13. He tallied his first professional assist against Tampa Bay on September 27 and scored his first goal in the regular season finale against Saint Louis FC on October 15. He also started in the club’s USL Eastern Conference Quarterfinal at Louisville City FC, playing the full 90 minutes. He made a pair of appearances with Steel FC as an amateur in 2016.
Real was called up for the inaugural United States Youth National Team Summit Camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, where he was with the United States Under-20 National Team. Previously, he was with the U.S. U-18s, including for the 2017 U-18 Lisbon International Tournament, where he started all three matches against Japan, Norway and Portugal.
Real played for the Union Juniors and joined the Academy ahead of the 2013-14 season, appearing in 26 matches with the U-14s. He rose through the Union’s Academy system, appearing in 46 matches across the U-16 and U-18 teams. In his youth career, he also played for FC Delco and Lower Merion Soccer Club.
Signed by Philadelphia Union as a Homegrown Player on January 18, 2018
Name: Matt Real (pronounced: REE-al)
Born: July 10, 1999 in Drexel Hill, PA
Hometown: Drexel Hill, PA
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed by Philadelphia Union as a Homegrown Player on January 18, 2018
Previous Experience: Bethlehem Steel FC (2017)