A standout center back from Rutgers is starting his pro career with Philadelphia Union II.
Hugo Le Guennec, a 23-year-old center back who has been training with the team, was announced as the latest to sign an MLS Next Pro contract with the Philadelphia Union reserve squad.
“Hugo is a talented and promising young defender who has the potential to make an impact with this team,” stated Philadelphia Union II Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc in a news release. “His strong work ethic and positive mentality make him a great fit for our team’s philosophy and style of play. We look forward to seeing him grow and develop as a player and contribute to the success of the Union II.”
The French-born center back will be added to Union II’s active roster pending receipt of his P1-Visa and will occupy an international roster slot.
Le Guennec appeared in 48 matches (46 starts) in his four years at Rutgers University. During his time as a Scarlet Knight, Hugo’s performances on the field have earned him several accolades, including being named to the 2019 Big Ten All-Freshman team, a selection to the 2022 Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week, and an All-Big Ten Second Team pick. He was also honored as the Defensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament in 2022 and named to the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region Third Team.
The signing further strengthens a pipeline between Union II and the Big 10 program. Former Union II and Union Academy players Ian Abbey and Cole Sotack are currently in the program and academy grads MD Myers and Jackson Temple were on the team in the fall. Current Union II defender Devon Stopek and forward Luciano Sanchez are committed to join the program ahead of the fall season.