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Philadelphia Union announces roster decisions after 2023 season



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The Philadelphia Union announced 2023 postseason roster decisions early Monday morning. The news comes three days after final roster moves were due for MLS clubs that were eliminated before the conference finals.

The Union exercised options on seven players: forward Julian Carranza, forward Chris Donovan, midfielder Leon Flach, defender Damion Lowe, forward Jeremy Rafanello, midfielder Joaquin Torres and goalkeeper Holden Trent.

Three players are out of contract and one player had his option declined. Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, defender Kai Wagner and goalkeeper Joe Bendik are all out of contract while defender Anton Sorenson had his option declined. The Union said they’re still in talks with Bedoya and Wagner after it was reported earlier both players were told they were not part of the club’s plans moving forward. Bendik and Sorenson will depart the club.

The following players are on guaranteed contracts for the 2024 season: forward Tai Baribo, goalkeeper Andre Blake, midfielder Jesus Bueno, defender Brandan Craig, defender Jack Elliott, midfielder Daniel Gazdag, defender Jakob Glesnes, defender Nathan Harriel, defender Olwethu Makhanya, midfielder José Martínez, defender Olivier Mbaizo, midfielder Jack McGlynn, midfielder Sanders Ngabo, midfielder Andres Perea, forward Nelson Pierre, defender Matthew Real, forward Quinn Sullivan and forward Mikael Uhre.

Midfielder Richard Odada is still on loan in the Danish First Division.

Joe is a junior at Penn State studying journalism and sports studies, among other things. He's covered the Union since 2017 and has written for Brotherly Game / Philadelphia Soccer Now since 2019. He seeks to answer life's greatest questions, such as, "How did I get here?" and "Where is that large automobile?" You can find Joe on Twitter (iamjoelister) or via email (

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