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Philadelphia Union II signs teenage goalkeeper to MLS Next Pro contract



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One of the most decorated youth players in Philadelphia Union Academy history is turning pro.

Andrew Rick, a 17-year-old goalkeeper who has won U-13 Concacaf Champions League, MLS Next Cup and Generation adidas Cup trophies with the academy, has been signed to an MLS Next Pro professional contract.

“Andrew’s ability to make crucial saves and his composure under pressure makes him a valuable asset to our squad,” Philadelphia Union II Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc stated in a news release. “We believe that Andrew has a bright future ahead of him, and we are excited to see him continue to develop and make an impact at the professional level.”

Rick, 17, has made six appearances (six starts) for Union II this season, making 19 saves while maintaining a 1.83 GAA. Rick made his MLS Next Pro debut on September 11, 2022, against Orlando City B, coming on as a substitute in the 77th minute.

Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Rick has grown up in Berwyn and attends school at YSC Academy. He played for FC Europa before joining the Union Academy.

Internationally, Rick was called into a U-17 USMNT training camp in Palm Beach, Florida in April.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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