Each day is a gift. That’s what it says on Keegan Rosenberry’s Twitter page and that’s been very true for the brand new member of the Philadelphia Union. The long but surely not easy journey to the pros has helped Rosenberry become the player he is today.
“My parents had me playing a variety of sports at a very young age,” said Rosenberry, who said he gradually started focusing more on soccer rather than other sports.
At 8 years old, Rosenberry was playing at the U10 level and was starting to excel. So much so that he started driving an hour away to participate at a U12 team soon after.
The next step in Rosenberry’s career was the Penn Fusion Soccer Academy, which is where he sharpened his skills and started to gain some attention. He was soon called in to the Union Academy. He was part of the Union Academy team that played the Everton Academy in 2011 at Talen Energy Stadium.
Soon enough, it was time for Rosenberry to pick a college.
“It was a hard decision,” Rosenberry said. “It had to be the right one. I was going to spend my next four years there.”
He picked Georgetown University and never looked back. In the four years that he played there, Georgetown became one of the best schools in the country, reaching the NCAA Tournament four consecutive years where they were never seeded lower than eighth nationally.
But prior to that, Roseneberry went through a position change. He played center-mid throughout his youth career but transitioned to the right back role after getting to the collegiate level.
While at Georgetown, Rosenberry had the opportunity to claim a favorite player – Javier Mascherano of Argentina. That’s right, when the Argentinian National team trained in Georgetown back in May of 2015, Rosenberry and his teammates got to train with the Argentinian players.
After deciding to enter the MLS SuperDraft, Rosenberry felt like he had done everything that he possibly could.
“It was an interesting feeling, I told myself it was all out of my hands,” he remembered. “I was nervous, but I was also nervous about giving a speech if I got selected.”
Not knowing where he would end up, Rosenberry had mentally prepared to just wait and watch. Luckily for him, he did not have to wait too long, as the Philadelphia Union picked him with the No. 3 overall selection.
“I was surprised to be drafted so high up, but I would rather have that than the other way around,” he said.
Each day has been a gift for Rosenberry, as his next goal is continue his streak of captaining every team he has ever played for. It would be a testament to the leadership skills that he has acquired throughout his young career.
This story is part of AAA’s “Start Your Journey” campaign, an effort – in partnership with the Union – to help celebrate families’ journeys in support of their young athletes…the long road trips, all-weekend tournaments, and the special bonds that are formed from the extensive time on the road. Each month, the Philadelphia Union and AAA will select an individual within its soccer network to develop a feature story on their path to success in association with the game of soccer. Additionally, fans are encouraged to share their own stories via social media using #ShareYourJourney