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Jakob Glesnes will wear No. 5 jersey

Glesnes will be seventh player to wear No. 5 in Philadelphia Union history

New Philadelphia Union center back Jakob Glesnes will be the seventh player in franchise history to wear the No. 5 jersey and the first since Olivier Mbaizo wore it in 2018.

Glesnes was officially announced as the Union’s latest offseason signing on Friday afternoon and was holding a No. 5 jersey in a video introduction the team posted online.

It’s the number he wore throughout his time at Strømsgodset IF dating back to 2015 after wearing 28, 23 and 3 in the earlier stages of his career.

Shavar Thomas wore No. 5 during the Union’s inaugural season, followed by Carlos Valdes in 2011, Greg Jordan from 2012-2013, Vincent Nogueira during his three years with the team and Oguchi Onyewu in 2017. Mbaizo swapped No. 5 for 15 last season.