Philadelphia Union sign Cory Burke

December 23, 2017
File Cory Burke (right) in action for Jamaica during a CONCACAF Gold Cup match agfainst Canada last summer.

National striker Cory Burke has signed a contract with Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union after spending the last two seasons with its United Soccer League (USL) development franchise Bethlehem Steel.

The 25-year-old Burke has been impressive for the Steel since his arrival from Rivoli United in 2016, scoring 13 goals over 45 games in the USL, including nine in 2017. The lanky striker has netted two goals in 13 appearances for the Reggae Boyz since making his debut against Haiti in 2016.

Burke was a regular member of the squad that took part in the most recent Gold Cup, playing five games as the team finished second after they were beaten 2-1 by the hosts the United States.

Union sporting director Earnie Stewart welcomed the player's transition to MLS and tipped the forward for a successful future.

"We are pleased to sign Cory to our First Team and reward his excellent performance with Bethlehem Steel," said Stewart in a statement.

"Corey's success is a testament to the importance of Bethlehem in developing players within our organisation," he said. "We anticipate a successful transition to the Union, and we are looking forward to seeing Cory take the next step in his career," Stewart said. Burke will likely be the number three striker on the Union's depth chart, behind C.J. Sapong and Jay Simpson.

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