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Union Academy grad Kris Shakes signs with New Mexico United



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Philadelphia Union Academy/YSC Academy grad and former Union II goalkeeper Kris Shakes will begin his professional career in New Mexico.

New Mexico United announced the signing of the Florida native on Tuesday.

“Kris is a terrific, young talent who has been truly impressive in our preseason, and is only going to continue to get better,” said United Sporting Director Itamar Keinan in a news relese. “We’re fortunate to have such a terrific young player joining our team, and can’t wait to see what he’ll accomplish on and off the pitch.”

Shakes joins New Mexico United after a successful collegiate career where he earned all-Big Ten honors and recorded 21 career shutouts in 73 matches.

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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