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Rhinos Keeper John McCarthy Signs With Union

Philadelphia native John McCarthy's big rookie season with Rochester in USL last year has earned him a spot on the Union's roster for 2015

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The defending USL Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Year will have a familiar home in 2015.

The Philadelphia Union have announced the signing of 2014 Rochester Rhinos standout John McCarthy to the senior roster. McCarthy led USL with a 0.72 goals against average last season after allowing just 13 goals in 18 games. McCarthy posted an 8-4-6 record and had 10 shutouts with 41 saves overall.

The former La Salle keeper has strong ties to the area, featuring with several area youth teams before playing college locally.

"It’s a dream come true to sign with my hometown team," McCarthy said in the team release. "I’m thrilled with the opportunity and am looking forward at having a chance to contribute to such a great organization"

Rhinos head coach Bob Lilley offered these tweets to their former player:

On the same day the Union signed McCarthy, they also announced that Andre Blake has undergone an operation on his knee and will miss 4-6 weeks. That puts McCarthy as the #2 keeper to start the year behind Algerian international Rais M'Bolhi. With both Blake and M'Bolhi slated to miss time due to international duties, McCarthy could get a lot of playing time this season.

Be sure to check out The Brotherly Game's piece with our Brendan Doherty about McCarthy's potential in MLS and best of luck to John McCarthy in Philadelphia.