Monday, October 12, 2015
Harrisburg City Islanders defender Ken Tribbett had a solid rookie season for the club, which has attracted attention from the Philadelphia Union. The 23-year-old appeared in every minute of every game for Harrisburg, and could follow a well-worn path to PPL Park as a result.
“Ken had a very good year at Harrisburg, one of the top defenders in the USL, so we’ve had him in now for the past couple of weeks,” Union Coach Jim Curtin told CBS Philly's Kevin Kinkead last week. “He’s done really well. He’s a guy that we’re high on. He has some size and presence, can play outside back and also center back – good, young defender.”
Tribbett was a champion in the PDL in 2014 with the Michigan Bucks, but went unselected in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft after completing his career at Drexel University. That brought him to Harrisburg, where he quickly established himself in Bill Becher’s starting lineup, and brought not just steady play in defense, but also proved a threat from set pieces with three goals on the season.Should Tribbett earn a place with the Union, he would follow in the footsteps of fellow former Harrisburg standouts such as Sheanon Williams, who made almost 150 appearances for the Union before being traded to the Houston Dynamo earlier this season.