New Rochelle, NY – Former Westchester Flames forward Jake Keegan was selected by the Philadelphia Union with the 43rd pick of the MLS Supplemental Draft on Tuesday. Keegan played for the Flames in 2011 and 2012. He played a total of 28 games for the Flames, scoring 27 goals. In 2011, Jake scored 16 goals in 16 games for the Flames, winning the USL PDL’s Golden Boot that season and was named as an All-League selection and rookie of the year.
Jake was a recent Binghamton University graduate. This past fall, Keegan was named first-team all-conference by the America East and was a third-team NSCAA All-Region selection. At the conclusion of the 2012 campaign, Keegan ranked No. 28 in the nation with 0.61 goals per game and was No. 32 with 1.44 points per match. In the America East Conference, Keegan ranked second in both statistical categories.
In the Binghamton record books, Keegan concluded his career with 28 goals, the most scored by a player during the program’s 12-year NCAA Division I era. His 69 career points is also tops among the Bearcats’ Division I players. In the program’s all-time history, which dates back to 1960, Keegan ranks sixth in both career goals and points.
According to MLS, scouts had the following to say about Keegan, "Very good goal scorer, he’ll drift off people’s shoulders and finish ... In front of goal he’s tremendous but weakness is his link play and how he brings others into play ... but in the box, he’s dynamite. He can score... Real livewire. Lot of energy ... Buzzes around. Is a handful through his constant work rate and he’s taken his chances well. He’s done well on the college level. How he translates to the next level will be interesting. ... Lot of good players fighting for MLS opportunities. Coming off good PDL season last season. ... Love his attitude and work rate. Very honest player that will be interesting to see his transition to MLS."