After playing every minute of the 2021 season, Philadelphia Union midfielder Jakob Glesnes has agreed to an extension of his contract until 2024 with the club.
Glesnes was the only Union player in 2021 to play every minute, and one of only five players in MLS this season and the seventh in Union history to do so.
The Norwegian has started in 51 of 53 matches since joining Unionen from the Norwegian top club Strømsgodset Toppfotball 2020. Glesnes was called in to represent the Norwegian senior national team for men in 2019. Since then, he has scored four goals and two assists. , including a match winner against rival New York Red Bulls in the MLS Cup playoffs.
In two seasons, Glesnes has become one of the top defenders in the MLS, and will now remain in Philadelphia until 2024.
“During his first season with the Union, Jakob showed that he was capable of becoming a top player in Major League Soccer and during his second season he has fulfilled his promise and is now one of the best defenders in the league,” said sports director Ernst Ernst Tanner in A statement.
“His forefoot defense and ability to move the ball out of defense has been crucial to the team’s success over the past two seasons, as the back line allowed the least goals in the league in 2020 and remained a top unit in 2021. His development on the field and natural leadership qualities have solidified the importance of keeping him in Philadelphia. ”
The union has been one of the top teams in MLS since Glesnes joined the team, winning Supporters Shield 2020 during its first season and reaching the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League 2021.
The Union lost 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals to the NYCFC on December 5 and failed to reach the MLS Cup Finals.
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