2 PDA Mens Alumni Sign Professional MLS Contracts This Week
Christian Hernandez - Philly Union Homegrown Player From PDA 18’s
Chester, Pa. (March 5, 2012) - Philadelphia Union today announced the signing of forward Cristhian Hernandez as the club’s third Homegrown Player. A graduate of the Union Academy, the 18-year old Hernandez has made appearances in Reserve League matches, as well as a first-team friendly against Everton, in which he scored the game-winner in a 1-0 win on July 21, 2011. Born in Mexico, Hernandez will occupy an international roster spot and be eligible to play in the Union’s season opener against the Portland Timbers on March 12. Per MLS and Club policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
The 2011 US Soccer U-17/U-18 Development Academy Player of the Year, Hernandez netted 16 goals in 26 appearances for his club team, Players Development Academy (PDA), a Youth Development Affiliate of the Union. In helping PDA to a 7-2-1 divisional record and the top spot in the Liberty Division, Hernandez also earned U-17/U-18 Development Academy Starting XI and Eastern Conference Starting XI honors.
Hernandez attended St. Benedict’s Prep, where he helped lead the squad to a 24-0 record, a number one ranking and the school’s seventh national championship in 2011. Named to the NJ Star Ledger’s All-Prep First Team, Hernandez was also honored as an ESPN High School All-New Jersey State selection as well as one of ESPN’s Top 10 soccer recruits in the country.
Following the "Path to PPL Park" model created by the Union and YSC Sports, Hernandez is the third Homegrown Player to come out of the Union Academy after Jimmy McLaughlin, who signed on December 12, 2011, and Zach Pfeffer, who signed on December 22, 2010.
The Union begin the 2012 MLS regular season in Portland on March 12 before heading home to re-open PPL Park on March 18 against the Colorado Rapids.
Name: Cristhian Hernandez
Pronunciation: Christian Her-nan-dez
Born: October 30, 1993
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Last club: U.S. Player Development Academy
Jose Angulo - NY Red Bull Signs Former PDA Youth Player
Angulo, 24, played last season with the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL Pro, leading the club with nine goals. Prior to joining Harrisburg City, Angulo enjoyed a proficient season for the Central Jersey Spartans in 2010, recording 10 goals in 11 appearances for the USL PDL outfit. Angulo grew up in nearby Clifton, NJ, played Youth Soccer at the PDA Academy and played on the high school level at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, NJ where he was named a Parade Magazine All-American.
#32 Jose Angulo
Weight: 185 pounds
Day of Birth: Jan. 13, 1988 in Cali, Colombia
Hometown: Clifton, NJ
Youth Club : PDA , NJ
Previous Club: Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-PRO)
How Acquired: Signed on March 5, 2012