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MLS SuperDraft eligible player list includes six Philadelphia Union Academy players, three others with area ties

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Six players who spent time in the Philadelphia Union Academy and three others with local ties are among the 174 players listed as eligible for the MLS SuperDraft next week.

Ben Bender (Maryland), Daniel Bloyou (Penn State), Ivy Brisma (NC State), Seth Kuhn (Penn State), Emmanuel Perez (Cal Poly) and Nyk Sessock (Indiana) all spent time in the academy before college.

Also on the list are former Pennsylvania high school player of the year and Drexel and West Chester United standout Chris Donovan, Reading United standout Pierre Reedy and Clemson midfielder Quinn McNeill, who lived in Wenonah, N.J. before moving with his family to South Carolina.

Bender, a Baltimore, Md. native who spent just one season in the academy during the 2015-16 Development Academy season, signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS after two standout seasons at Maryland. Both of his brothers, Jacob and Mark, played at Messiah, where Jacob Bender was a national player of the year.

Sessock, a 2018 YSC Academy graduate from Philadelphia, announced last month that he would be staying for one final season in Bloomington.

Bloyou (4 goals, 7 assists), who is originally from Ghana and Wyomissing native Kuhn (5 goals, 8 assists) are 2018 YSC Academy grads who were a big part of a Penn State team that captured the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships in 2021. They both played in USL League Two last season — Bloyou for Philadelphia Lone Star and Kuhn for his hometown team Reading United.

Reedy, a Kutztown native who has also played for Reading United, was a captain on that Nittany Lions team and finished the season with 3 goals and four assists.

Perez, a 2016 YSC Academy grad from Florida, had 16 goals and 5 assists over his career at Cal Poly. Brisma, a 2018 YSC Academy grad who was born in Haiti and grew up East Windsor, N.J., made 52 starts and 68 appearances for NC State over his four seasons and finished with 5 goals and 11 assists in his college career.

Donovan, a Paoli native, was named the CAA and Philly Soccer Six Player of the Year after leading Drexel with 12 goals and a pair of assists. He finished his college career with 30 goals and 13 assists in 60 appearances.

The draft will be held January 11. The Philadelphia Union traded their first and second round picks away but still have a third round pick should they choose to use it.

For more information, visit mlssoccer.com/superdraft.





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FC Dallas Loans Homegrown Justin Che to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

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FRISCO, Texas (January 21, 2022) – FC Dallas has loaned Homegrown defender Justin Che to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga for the remainder of the 2022 season until June 2023 with an option to buy. FC Dallas also extended Che’s contract through the 2025 season with club option for the 2026 season. Per team policy, additional terms will not be disclosed.

Che, 18, signed as FC Dallas’ 30th Homegrown in club history on Oct. 2, 2020. He appeared in 15 matches, including 12 starts, for FC Dallas during the 2021 season and recorded three assists. He made his professional debut on July 25, 2020 with North Texas Soccer Club, FC Dallas’ USL League One affiliate, in the 2-1 season-opening win against Forward Madison FC. Che was named to the 2020 USL League One All-League First Team and was nominated for the league’s Young Player of the Year award following a breakout season with North Texas SC.

Che returns to Germany for the second time following a short-term loan with FC Bayern Munich II in 2021. Che was the second FC Dallas Homegrown behind Chris Richards to join FC Bayern on loan since the Elite Player Development partnership was formed in 2018. Richards is currently on loan from Bayern Munich at 1899 Hoffenheim.

Che joined the FC Dallas Academy in 2009 and scored 18 goals in 84 United States Soccer Development Academy appearances since 2016. Che is the seventh youngest player to sign with FC Dallas at 16 years and 319 days old, behind Bryan Reynolds, Dante Sealy, Jesús Ferreira, Ricardo Pepi, Alejandro Zendejas and Paxton Pomykal.

Che earned two U.S. Men’s National Team camp call ups in 2021 but has yet to make his senior debut. He was also called up to the U-20 Men’s National Team for the inaugural Revelations Cup in November 2021, where he started and played the full 90 minutes in all three matches against Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. 

Full Name: Justin Che *
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Position: Defender
DOB: November 18, 2003 (18)
Hometown: Frisco, Texas*
Birthplace: Richardson, Texas
Height: 6-1
Weight: 165
Nationality:
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HIGHLIGHTS: The best of new LA Galaxy midfielder Mark Delgado – LA Galaxy

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  1. HIGHLIGHTS: The best of new LA Galaxy midfielder Mark Delgado  LA Galaxy
  2. LA Galaxy acquire midfielder Mark Delgado in trade with Toronto FC | MLSSoccer.com  MLSsoccer.com
  3. Toronto FC acquire $400000 in 2022 GAM for Mark Delgado  torontofc.ca
  4. acquire midfielder Mark Delgado from Toronto FC | LA Galaxy  LA Galaxy
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Heber brace leads NYCFC over Red Bulls in preseason opener

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Ryan, a 22-year-old New Jersey native, pulled one back for the Red Bulls in his first action since turning pro this week. Ryan played for RBNY’s academy from 2013-17, helping earn three straight Northeast Division championships from 2013-15 before heading to Pac-12 program Stanford.





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