Philadelphia Union today announced that they have exercised the contract options on 11 players from their 2017 roster, while eight contracts were already guaranteed for next season, giving the club a roster that currently features 19 players under contract for the 2018 campaign.
The club picked up the options of goalkeepers Andre Blake, John McCarthy and Jake McGuire; defenders Jack Elliott, Raymon Gaddis and Keegan Rosenberry; and midfielders Warren Creavalle, Marcus Epps, Derrick Jones, Adam Najem and Fafa Picault.
The contracts of the following players were already guaranteed for the 2018 season: defenders Richie Marquez, Auston Trusty and Josh Yaro; midfielders Alejandro Bedoya, Anthony Fontana and Haris Medunjanin; and forwards CJ Sapong and Jay Simpson.
Simultaneously, the Union announced that they have declined the contract options of defenders Aaron Jones, Oguchi Onyewu, Ken Tribbett and Giliano Wijnaldum; midfielders Roland Alberg, Maurice Edu, Fabian Herbers and Ilsinho; and forward Charlie Davies. Additionally, defender Fabinho and midfielder Chris Pontius are both out of contract entering the offseason. Finally, the Union hold a contract option for the 2018 season on midfielder Eric Ayuk, who currently remains on loan with Swedish side Jönköpings Södra IF.
Should the Union not reach a new agreement with any player either out of contract or who has had his option declined, the following MLS roster mechanisms would apply: Alberg, Herbers, Ilsinho, A. Jones, Onyewu, Tribbett and Wijnaldum would all be all eligible for the 2017 MLS Waiver Draft; Davies, Edu and Fabinho would be eligible for the 2017 Re-Entry Process; and Pontius would be eligible for MLS Free Agency, or the Re-Entry Process, should he choose to participate.
A full League list of players eligible for Free Agency, the Waiver Draft and the Re-Entry Draft will be announced by MLS. For more information on the league’s roster mechanisms, please click here.
After today’s announcement, the Union’s active roster stands as follows:
Goalkeepers (3): Andre Blake, John McCarthy, Jake McGuire
Defenders (6): Jack Elliott, Raymon Gaddis, Richie Marquez, Keegan Rosenberry, Auston Trusty, Josh Yaro
Midfielders (8): Alejandro Bedoya, Warren Creavalle, Marcus Epps, Anthony Fontana (as of 1/1/18), Derrick Jones, Haris Medunjanin, Adam Najem, Fafa Picault
Forwards (2): CJ Sapong, Jay Simpson