Today the Philadelphia Union announced the signing of 17-year-old midfielder, Anthony Fontana, to the First Team. Fontana becomes just the sixth Homegrown Player in Union history, behind current First Team players, Auston Trusty and Derrick Jones.
As part of the contract agreement, Fontana will officially join the active roster on Jan. 1, 2018.
Fans may remember Fontana, who made a brief, yet exciting cameo in Saturday’s friendly against visiting Welsh side, Swansea City AFC.
He happens to be the same Anthony Fontana who got the run-around with the First Team in Florida, this past pre-season. Fontana made two appearances for the Union in pre-season, coming on against Tampa Bay and Montréal respectively.
A former academy starlet from Newark, Delaware, Fontana has made five appearances for Bethlehem Steel FC this season, three of which the young midfielder started. He has made 13 appearances for Bethlehem since the club’s inception in 2016.
Fontana bagged three goals for the Union Under-17 and Under-18 teams this season.
Our recent signing is rated highly outside the Philadelphia Union organization as well. Fontana has received several call-ups to the United States Under-18 Youth National Team, including most recently to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.
Here’s to another One of Our Own signing for the First Team. Congratulations, Anthony!