Forward has accumulated second-most total goals in Championship history
PAPILLION, Neb. (August 2, 2022) – Union Omaha announced today the signing of forward Corey Hertzog for the 2022 season, pending league and federation approval. Hertzog is the second-highest goalscorer in USL Championship history with a combined 80 regular-season and postseason goals across seven clubs.
The Penn State product, while playing under current Union Omaha Head Coach Jay Mims and Technical Advisor Bob Warming, had his most successful collegiate season in 2010, in which he led the NCAA in goals, points and points per game. The former Nittany Lion star was drafted 13th overall by the New York Red Bulls in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft and went on to play for fellow MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2013. Hertzog proceeded to tally 90 goals and 30 assists with multiple USL and NASL clubs, including the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Saint Louis FC, Pittsburg Riverhounds SC, Orlando City SC, Reno 1868 FC, San Diego Loyal SC, and most recently, Hartford Athletic.
“Corey is a proven striker that adds immediate quality to our team,” Union Omaha Head Coach Jay Mims said. “He has intelligent movement and a nose for goal. Corey’s energy and competitiveness are contagious, and I am looking forward to him joining our hard-working, young group.”
“I am very excited to reconnect with my former college assistant coach, Coach Mims,” Hertzog said. “His style of play, coaching ability and winning mentality is a perfect fit for me as a player. Then when I heard that Coach Warming, my Penn State coach, was joining the team as a technical advisor, I just felt like I was coming back to my roots. Last time I was with them I scored a lot of goals! I owe them so much for what they’ve done for me and my career, and I want to pay them back with some goals, wins and a trophy!”
Phonetic pronunciation of name: [COR-EE HURT-ZOG]
Weight: 175 lbs.
Date of birth: 9/1/1990
Born: Reading, Pennsylvania
Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania
Previous Club: Hartford Athletic (USL Championship)
The 2022 League One Championship defending campaign will continue August 6 with a visit to Central Valley Fuego FC. The next home match at Werner Park is set for August 13 against Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC for One Means All Community Night and Women in Sports Night. Single-match tickets and undated voucher packs for the 2022 season are currently available via UnionOmaha.com or the Werner Park Ticket Office by calling 402-738-5100.
ABOUT UNION OMAHA
Union Omaha, the 2021 USL League One Champion, is the only professional soccer team in the state of Nebraska. USL League One is a United States Soccer Federation-sanctioned professional men’s soccer league that occupies the third tier of the American soccer landscape, below USL Championship (tier two) and Major League Soccer (tier one). Union Omaha plays its home matches at Werner Park in Sarpy County, also home to the Omaha Storm Chasers of Minor League Baseball. The team is led by General Manager Peter Marlette in the front office and by Head Coach Jay Mims on the field.