Anthony Fontana signed a homegrown contract with the Union, where he will officially join the club on January 1, 2018. Here's some more information on the midfielder.
Fontana is truly a homegrown player for the Union. He joined the Union as a member of the Union's pre-juniors program. From there, Fontana entered the Union Academy, where he studied and played soccer, making appearances for Bethlehem Steel FC before signing with the Union. He becomes the third Union player to go from the Academy to Steel FC then to the Union, joining Derrick Jones and Auston Trusty.
Down in Delaware
Fontana grew up in the neighboring state of Delaware, making him the first ever Union player to be born in the first state. While he is the first Union player from Delaware, he is just the second MLS player to ever be born in Delaware.
Being the Union's third homegrown player is impressive, but what's more impressive is that Fontana is just 17-years-old. Fontana recently completed his junior year of high school, and was slated to finish his senior year at the Union Academy before joining the Union. With his contract not taking effect until January 1, 2018, Fontana will still attend YSC academy to get his high school diploma.
For Club and Country
While Fontana has gotten minutes with Bethlehem Steel FC and as recently as Saturday, the Union first-team, he has also participated with US Soccer during his development. Fontana attended a training camp for a week with the U-18 US Men's National Team in January of 2016, along with three other of his teammates. Fontana attended another U-18 camp in April of the same year.
Confidence is Key
Before Fontana made his debut for the Union against Swansea, he was talking to Maurice Edu about his chance to make an impact on the game. He was so bold as to tell Edu he was going to score, and it nearly came true.
"I told Maurice Edu before the game, 'Look, I'm really trying to score,'" Fontana said. "And he said, 'What are you going to do when you score?' 'I'm going to point up at you.' I was like, ok, that's what I need to do. First of all, I just wanted to go out and play well, but getting that goal would have been real nice."