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Suncoast Invitational roster includes two academy players and two unsigned draft picks

Anthony Fontana, Tomas Romero, Jack Elliott and Aaron Jones will be with the team for the preseason tournament

Tomas Romero
Matt Ralph

A pair of academy standouts and two unsigned draft picks fill out the Philadelphia Union’s preseason roster released ahead of the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational Tournament.

The Union released the roster on Thursday ahead of their first official preseason match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Midfielder Anthony Fontana and goalkeeper Tomas Romero are the two academy players on the roster. Goalkeeper Kristopher Shakes, who has also spent time with the first team in Florida, wasn’t included.

Indy Eleven goalkeeper Keith Cardona, who has spent time training with the team, is one noticeable absence from the roster, which has just the two first team keepers and Romero.

Two of the Union’s three unsigned draft picks are included, defenders Aaron Jones and Jack Elliott while the other unsigned pick is still with the organization training with Bethlehem Steel FC. Jones’ Clemson teammate Alex Happi, who spent time with the first team before they left for Florida, is also still training with Steel FC.

Santi Moar was the first of the Union’s five draft picks to sign when he inked a USL deal with Bethlehem and Marcus Epps has signed a first team contract.

The 28 allotted spots on the first team roster are currently full, but two additional spots for homegrown players are reportedly set to be added by the league. A third roster spot could also be reserved for a player sent on a season-long loan to Bethlehem.

The Union will play Montreal Impact on February 22 at 7 p.m. and D.C. United on February 25 at 5 p.m. All three games will be played at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg.

2017 Philadelphia Union Preseason Roster

No. Name Pos. DOB Hometown State/Country College
No. Name Pos. DOB Hometown State/Country College
1 Tomas Romero# GK 12/19/2000 Cherry Hill New Jersey
2 Warren Creavalle MF 8/14/1990 Acworth Georgia UCF, Furman
3 Jack Elliott* D 8/25/1995 London England West Virginia
4 Ken Tribbett D 8/25/1992 Centennial Colorado Drexel
5 Oguchi Onyewu D 5/13/1982 Washington D.C. Clemson
6 Haris Medunjanin MF 3/8/1985 Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina
7 Brian Carroll MF 7/20/1981 Springfield Virginia Wake Forest
8 Maurice Edu (DP) MF 4/18/1986 Fontana California Maryland
9 Charlie Davies F 6/25/1986 Manchester New Hampshire Boston College
10 Roland Alberg MF 8/6/1990 Hoorn Netherlands
11 Alejandro Bedoya (DP) MF 4/29/1987 Engelwood New Jersey Boston College, Fairleigh Dickinson
12 Keegan Rosenberry D 12/11/1993 Ronks Pennsylvania Georgetown
13 Chris Pontius MF 5/12/1987 Yorba Linda California UC Santa Barbara
14 Fabian Herbers (GA) MF 8/17/1993 Ahaus Germany Creighton
15 Joshua Yaro (GA) D 11/18/1994 Kumasi Ghana Georgetown
16 Richie Marquez D 5/26/1992 Pomona California Redlands (D3)
17 C. J. Sapong F 12/27/1988 Manassas Virginia James Madison
18 Andre Blake GK 11/21/1990 May Pen Jamaica UConn
19 Aaron Jones* D 3/12/1994 Great Yarmouth England
20 Marcus Epps MF 1/16/1995 Jackson Mississippi South Florida
21 Derrick Jones (HGP) MF 3/3/1997 Bantama Ghana
22 Fafa Picault MF 2/23/1991 New York New York
23 John McCarthy GK 7/4/1992 Philadelphia Pennsylvania La Salle
24 Adam Najem MF 1/19/1995 Clifton New Jersey Akron
25 Ilsinho MF 10/12/1985 Sao Bernardo do Campo Brazil
26 Auston Trusty (HGP) D 8/12/1998 Media Pennsylvania
27 Jay Simpson F 12/1/1988 Enfield England
28 Ray Gaddis D 1/13/1990 Indianapolis Indiana West Virginia
29 Anthony Fontanta# MF 2/17/1997 Newark Delaware
30 Eric Ayuk MF 2/17/1997 Yaounde Cameroon
32 Giliano Wijnaldum D 8/31/1992 Rotterdam Netherlands
33 Fabinho D 3/16/1985 Ariquemas Brazil
* Unsigned draft pick
# Member of the Philadelphia Union Academy