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Philadelphia Union Signs Former Penn State Men’s Soccer Midfielder Jeremy Rafanello

The Philadelphia Union has announced the signing of former Penn State soccer player Jeremy Rafanello.

Rafanello joins the club on a one-and-a-half-year Homegrown contract with options for a third and fourth year, returning to Philadelphia after a five-year separation from playing for the clubโ€™s academy team.

In his short time at Penn State, Rafanello played in all 17 matches, starting in 15 of his first and only year as a Nittany Lion. He recorded three goals and one assist during that time, including a game-winner against Wisconsin. The New Jersey native was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and departed for a professional career soon after.

After Penn State, Rafanello joined FC Helsingor, then of the Danish second division. After spending one season in Denmark, he returned to the United States, where he played in the USL Championship, recording 11 goals and seven assists for Indy Eleven and New York Red Bulls II.

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Joe Lister

Joe is a freshman journalism major at Penn State. He enjoys yelling into the void over things such as the Philadelphia Union, the United States Men's Nation Team (soccer), Eagles, and Penn State football, alongside whatever else comes to mind. Find (and disagree with him) on Twitter (Joe_Lister21).

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