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Union Academy grad Ryan Becher signs with St. Louis City 2



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Another Philadelphia Union Academy grad is joining the professional ranks.

Hummelstown, Pa. native Ryan Becher has signed on with MLS Next Pro team St. Louis City 2 after finishing his college career at UCLA.

Becher will begin his professional career in a city with deep family roots. His dad, Bill Becher, and grandfather, Bill Becher Sr., are both members of the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame. His dad was the head coach of the Harrisburg City Islanders and he is currently a coach and director of coaching at Penn FC Youth. Becher’s older brother, Jackson Becher, plays for the Harrisburg Heat.

Becher finished out his college career in the fall at UCLA after starring at UMBC. He’s also played in USL League Two with Ocean City Nor’easters and Reading United. He spent his senior year at YSC Academy and playing for the Philadelphia Union Academy after playing most of his youth career with Penn FC Youth (then known as LDC United) and playing high school soccer at Lower Dauphin High School.

Becher is the eighth member of the YSC Academy class of 2019 to turn pro. The other pros from that class include Brenden Aaronson (Union Berlin), Ben Ofeimu (Miami FC), Nathan Harriel (Philadelphia Union), MD Myers (Charleston Battery), Axel Picazo (LA Galaxy II), Tomas Romero and Cole Turner (Loudoun United).

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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