Player Details


Matthew Freese




6' 3"


194 lbs

Date of Birth

9.2.1998 (23)


Wayne, PA USA



Position Detail


Preferred Side


Roster Category

Supplemental Slots 25-28

Player Category

2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season


Career Summary


 2020 (Philadelphia/Union II): Freese has made one appearance (one start) for the Union...earned his first start of the season in the Union's regular season finale against the New England Revolution (November 8), picking up a clean sheet to help the club win the 2020 Supporters' Shield....For Union II, Freese made seven appearances (all starts) and led the team with 27 saves... Kept a clean sheet in the season opener at home against Louduon United FC (March 7)...returned to the squad against New York Red Bulls II (September (9) where he made three saves...earned another clean sheet in a home win against Loudoun United (September 16).

2019 (Philadelphia/Bethlehem): Freese made six appearances (five starts) for the Union ... came on in relief of Andre Blake for his MLS and Union debut vs. Montreal (April 20) ... made his first MLS start one week later at Vancouver (April 27), making four saves in a 1-1 draw ... started his second consecutive match, vs. Cincinnati (May 1) but left early with an oblique strain, missing the matches from vs. New England (May 4) through vs. Portland (May 25) ... was removed from the injury report prior to the match vs. Colorado (May 29) ... was named to the roster for the 2019 MLS Homegrown Game, but would miss the event due to injury ... missed the stretch of matches from vs. Chicago (July 20) through at D.C. United (August 4) with a right quad strain ... was called up by the United States Under-23 national team ahead of a training camp in Chula Vista, CA from September 1-10; during the camp, he started a friendly vs. Japan (September 9), keeping a clean sheet for 45 minutes ... for Bethlehem, Freese has made seven appearances (seven starts) ... kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win during Steel FC's opening match of 2019, at Birmingham (March 10) ... nominated for USL Championship save of the week (week 28) ... prior to the season, he signed his first professional contract as the Union's 10th all-time Homegrown Player on December 21, 2018.


Freese is a United States youth international and most recently was called into the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team training camp in January 2021 and was part of the squad for the 2021 Concacaf Olympic Qualifiers...He received his first call-up as a member of the Union in 2019, by the United States Under-23 national team ahead of a training camp in Chula Vista, CA from September 1-10. During the camp, he started a friendly vs. Japan (September 9), keeping a clean sheet for 45 minutes. Previously, he was called up by the Under-19 National Team for training camp in February of 2017.


Over two seasons at Harvard University, Freese played in 16 matches, totaling 77 saves. In his second season, he earned Second-Team All-Ivy League honors.


A Union Academy alumnus, he made six starts in seven appearances for the U-17/18s in the academy’s 2016-17 season.

ACQUIRED: Signed by Philadelphia Union as a Homegrown Player on December 21, 2018.



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