David Accam joined Philadelphia this offseason after the Union acquired the speedy winger from Chicago Fire in exchange for a total of 1.2 million in allocation money. Accam joins the Union following three seasons with the Fire, over which he scored 33 goals and added 15 assists. He scored at least nine goals in each of his three campaigns with Chicago. Since joining MLS in 2015, Accam is one of just six MLS players to total at least 33 goals and 15 assists in league play and has been one of the best attackers in Major League Soccer since joining the league. Since the beginning of the 2015 season, his 33 total goals ranks 13th among all players, one ahead of new teammate CJ Sapong. The winger flexed his muscles in the Suncoast Invitational with a goal in the 5-0 win over Montreal. Accam will look to bring his speed and MLS success to Philadelphia in 2018.
Eric Ayuk returns to Philadelphia for the 2018 campaign. Ayuk did not appear for Philadelphia in 2017. On April 4, he was loaned for the balance of the 2017 campaign to Swedish topflight side Jönköpings Södra IF, where he has made 12 league appearances and one cup appearance during the 2017 campaign, scoring one goal. In 2016 the midfielder spent the majority of the season with Bethlehem Steel FC. In 2015 Ayuk joined Philadelphia on loan from Cameroonian club Rainbow FC Bamenda and flourished. Ayuk made 28 appearances, scoring two goals and adding two assists. He also made four U.S. Open Cup appearances, scoring two more goals as the Union made a run to the final.
Marcus Epps was selected by the Union in the Second Round (25th overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on January 13, 2017. Epps went on to make 19 appearances for the Union (seven starts) during his rookie season, with 15 appearances coming at right midfield and four at left midfield. He scored two goals and added one assist. Epps made two appearances (one start) in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, scoring one goal. This preseason Epps saw action during the Suncoast Invitational and notched a couple of assists in the 5-0 win over Montreal Impact.
Fabian Herbers returns to the pitch in 2018 ready to bounce back from his sophomore campaign. The former No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft turned heads in his rookie season. The midfielder from Creighton led all Philadelphia Union players in assists with seven. His seven assists were also the most recorded by all rookies in MLS in 2016. Overall in 2016, Herbers appeared in 32 of the club’s 34 MLS regular-season matches, scoring three goals. He also scored one goal and one assist in two U.S. Open Cup appearances, and started the Union’s postseason match at Toronto FC. Last season Herbers missed the majority of the season with an injury, but still managed to appear in 12 matches.
Fafa Picault joined Philadelphia Union last season and impressed the masses with his speed from the wide side of the pitch. Overall, Picault made 28 appearances, including 23 starts in his first season for Philadelphia. Picault scored seven goals and added three assists, with 26 appearances coming at left midfield and two at right midfield. He scored his first goal of the season and first in MLS as part of a 4-0 win. He registered his first MLS and Union assist with a helper vs. New England (July 2). This preseason, Picault appeared in all Suncoast Invitational matches this preseason for Philadelphia.