‘It’s Exactly What I Wanted’: Soccer Star from Paoli Makes MLS Debut with the Team He Grew Up Rooting For

Chris Donovan
Image via the Philadelphia Union.
Chris Donovan.

Paoli native Chris Donovan made his Major League Soccer debut last Saturday with the team he grew up rooting for, the Philadelphia Union, in its 1-1 draw with FC Cincinnati, writes Matthew DeGeorge for the Daily Times. 

Donovan, a graduate of Conestoga High School, led the Pioneers to a pair of PIAA championships and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Pennsylvania as a senior. He then played collegiately at Drexel University, where he tallied 30 goals and 13 assists as a Dragon.

Donovan was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year as a senior at Drexel.

The Union had been keeping an eye on the college prospect, the third Drexel player to make it to the MLS. He fits the profile of what the Union expects of its forwards: desire, some grit, and enough speed and ability to take chances. 

“This is my home and the team I’ve supported for a long time,” said Donovan. “It’s exactly what I wanted.” 

Read more about Chris Donovan in the Daily Times.