Indy Eleven goalkeeper Keith Cardona could be in line to fill the Philadelphia Union’s open third-string goalkeeper position.
The former New York Red Bulls Academy and University of Maryland goalkeeper started for the Union in a closed door friendly against D.C. United in Florida on Saturday.
But he was first spotted in a photograph posted by Charlie Davies on social media earlier this week.
SQUAD #philadelphia #union pic.twitter.com/YhvvTG738X— Charlie Davies (@CharlieDavies9) February 3, 2017
The 24-year-old North Jersey native has made 10 appearances for the NASL club since joining in 2015. Prior to that he spent two years in Austria with FC Liefering and was part of the U.S. U17 and U18 player pool.
Indy Eleven recently announced that Cardona would be returning for the 2017 season.
"Back Home Again" in 2017...— Indy Eleven (@IndyEleven) January 12, 2017
Goalkeeper Keith Cardona!#IndyForever pic.twitter.com/VZFMWiv8U3
This, however, wouldn’t stop the Union from working out a loan deal similar to one they did for Brian Sylvestre, the North Carolina FC goalkeeper who played 12 games for the blue and gold on loan from the NASL club formerly known as Carolina RailHawks in 2015.
If Cardona does end up on the Union, he would be the third Union keeper to play at the University of Maryland. Zac MacMath and Chris Seitz were both former Terps. He could also be one of two Red Bulls Academy alums to wind up on the Union this season if the Union offer on trial midfielder Adam Najem a contract.