Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Union makes move

The  Philadelphia Union announced today that the Major League Soccer expansion club have acquired allocation money, D.C. United’s 2010 MLS SuperDraft first round pick (#7 overall) and Brazilian midfielder Fred in exchange for Philadelphia's #1 allocation ranking to D.C., which United used to obtain 2006 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Troy Perkins.

Philadelphia now holds the #6 spot in the allocation rankings.

“This deal enables us to continue to shape our team to compete both now and in the future,” said Team Manager Peter Nowak. “But we still have a lot of work to do.”

Now, with two of the first seven picks in the draft, Philadelphia Union approach their first SuperDraft with growing anticipation.

“Fred is a quality footballer, with an attacking mentality and we took the opportunity to not only acquire him, but add the #7 pick overall plus valuable cash,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “That will give us the opportunity to add even more players to further enhance our expanding roster.”

In three full seasons with D.C. United, Fred made 60 starts, played in 72 games and had 11 goals and 16 assists. His best season came in 2007, when he notched seven goals and seven assists.

Philadelphia Union’s first-ever First Kick will take place March 25, 2010 vs. FC Sounders at Seattle’s Qwest Field. The club’s home opener will be April 10, 2010 vs. D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field.

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