Cole Signs Pre-Contract
Philadelphia Union Academy prospect Cole Turner signed a pre-contract with the Union on Wednesday, July 17th. On January 1st, 2020, he will join the Union squad. In addition, Turner has also signed a contract with USL Affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC, where he will play the remainder of 2019.
Who is Cole Turner?
Turner spent three years in the Academy Residency Program, playing at the U13/14 through U18/19 levels, as well as a previous call-up to the USMNT U14s. A sharp central midfielder, the 18 year-old Turner has appeared in 11 Bethlehem Steel matches as an Academy Player in the current season, receiving 4 yellow cards and 1 assist. The team has averaged over 1 point per match in his appearances. Turner plays as a central midfielder, center back, or left back. Previously, he had committed to play soccer at Navy this fall. Cole will become the sixth Academy Player signed to Bethlehem Steel. He will be the 12th Academy Player signed to a professional contract in the Union organization.
Role With the Union
Turner joins a Union squad that currently features eight midfield players. Three players occupy international spots, and he joins Brendan Aaronson as another homegrown player. Cole, when given the opportunity, will likely see minutes in the later stage of matches in the midfield or in the back line. When in midfield, he pairs well with offensively-minded midfielders.
Coach Jim Curtin described Turner as “in a Brian Carroll mold” with a “strong starting point, but with a heck of a lot of work left to do.” Curtin emphasized his versatility through his ability to play as a defender in a center back role in addition to midfield. He views this contract as a reward for strong performances with Bethlehem Steel.
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