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Philadelphia Union sign Jack de Vries to Homegrown Player deal

De Vries, 17, who is a product of the Union academy and holds a Dutch passport, has been called up to the U.S. U-17 National Team in 2019

Courtesy of Philadelphia Union

CHESTER, Pa. — The Philadelphia Union are adding another Homegrown Player to their roster for the 2020 season. 

On Tuesday at the club’s town hall event, sporting director Ernst Tanner revealed Jack de Vries will join the squad on a Homegrown Player deal effective January 1, 2020. 

De Vries, 17, who is a product of the Union academy and holds a Dutch passport, has been called up to the U.S. U-17 National Team in 2019 and was committed to the University of Virginia before inking his deal. 

His father, Raimo, played 355 minutes over four games for the Colorado Rapids during the 1996 season. 

When he plays in his first MLS game, De Vries will join New England’s Teal Bunbury and FC Dallas’ Jesus Ferreira on the list of players to participate in MLS after their fathers. 

De Vries joins Cole Turner on the list of Homegrown Players signed by the Union for the 2020 campaign. Turner was signed to a USL Championship contract with affiliate Bethlehem Steel and he will join the first team next season. 

The Union currently have six players on their roster on Homegrown Player deals: Brenden Aaronson, Anthony Fontana, Matt Freese, Mark McKenzie, Matthew Real and Auston Trusty. 

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