Ray Gaddis Rewarded by Philadelphia With Contract Extension Through 2016

Ray Gaddis

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Today the Philadelphia Union announced that they have signed Defender Ray Gaddis to a new contract through 2016.  Gaddis was chosen in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft in 2012 as the 35th overall pick, and has emerged as one of the Union’s most important defensive players.  He has started all 27 games for the Union this season after starting 31 of 34 last season.

Interim Team Manager Jim Curtin was quoted as saying courtesy of Philadelphiaunion.com,

“First of all, when you talk about Ray, I get a smile on my face because this is one of the things I’m most happy about in my short tenure as the coach to get him rewarded for all his hard work,” and he continued “Off the field, this is a tribute to his parents. They’ve raised a kid who has as good of character as I’ve ever seen in a human being. In terms of accepting challenges and taking on new roles – playing left back without complaining, working after practice every day on his weak foot and finding ways to get better – he does everything you ask and more.”

Per the policy by Major League Soccer and the Union, terms of the deal were not disclosed, but many outlets are reporting that Gaddis will be in a Union jersey through the end of the 2016 season.

Among many awards and things that Gaddis has been given he was named the 2012 NAACP Male Athlete of the Year and Soccer By Ives 2012 MLS All-Rookie Best XI.  He has played in a total of 79 matches (League play and Open Cup) and now has a renewed focus on winning the Open Cup trophy and winning against the New York Red Bulls and making the playoffs after the fiasco that started the beginning of the 2014 Philadelphia Union season.

This signing does create the question “What is going to happen to Fabinho now that Ray Gaddis is going to more than likely continue to be the starting leftback?”  Not sure how long is left on his contract, so it is possible he might be let go at the end of the season.

Jasmine Stefanik is a writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. Follow her on Twitter @TrueUnionFan1, and like her page on Facebook

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