Rookie JT Noone impressing in Philadelphia Union trials

JT Noone is impressing expansion franchise Philadelphia Union with his performances during pre-season training.

JT Noone is impressing expansion franchise Philadelphia Union with his performances during pre-season training.

The former Temple University All-Star and Ocean City Barons forward is quickly making his presence felt with a goal and an assist in two matches in Mexico and Union coach Peter Nowak says he has every chance of making the final cut for the club’s inaugural squad.

“He is a very possible candidate [for making our roster]; he can play at striker and at right midfield," Nowak said. "We still need to push him on the tactical part [of his game] and he needs to get the ball off his feet faster, but as a coaching staff we have been pleasantly surprised."

But if he fails to make the 24-man roster, Noone has the option of joining one of two Union development squads – either Reading United AC in USL1 or Harrisburg City Islanders in USL2.

"I don't consider it a bad thing to have a player in the developmental leagues," Nowak added. "To me, it's all about learning. As far as JT is concerned, [if it doesn't work out] we will talk to him about joining our team in the future."

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