On the eve of what will hopefully be a successful Olympic qualifying tournament, Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Matt Freese has signed a contract extension through 2022 with club options for 2023 and 2024.
“Matt has proven to be a valuable member of our goalkeeper unit and the team as a whole,” Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner said in a news release. “Matt has demonstrated time and again he is ready whenever he is called upon and has been vital in some of the team’s most important games.”
The 22-year-old has made seven first team appearances since signing out of Harvard University in 2018, none bigger than his clean sheet in the last game of the regular season in 2020 when they clinched the Supporters’ Shield.
Freese graduated from Episcopal Academy in 2017 and was part of the Philadelphia Union and Penn Fusion academies prior to college. He made 15 appearances in the USL Championship from 2019-2020.
He’s currently with the United States U-23 team in Mexico as they prepare for the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying tournament, which kicks off Thursday for the U.S. against Costa Rica.
So happy to sign a contract extension at @PhilaUnion! Words cannot describe the feeling of being part of an organization that supports me so much as a player and person on and off the field. Would not be who I am today without this team, management, and coaching staff. pic.twitter.com/PK60SlERLo— Matt Freese (@Matty_Ice49) March 16, 2021