Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Union's Miglioranzi, Harrison available in MLS Re-Entry Process

Chester, Pa. (November 30, 2011) -- Philadelphia Union midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi and goalkeeper Chase Harrison will be eligible for selection in the 2011 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Process, the club announced today.
The Union, ranked 12th in the selection process, may still sign the two players through December 2 at 5:00 p.m. EST, which would remove them from the process.

A Union original, Miglioranzi joined the club from the LA Galaxy in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft, thus becoming one of the first 11 players to be signed in club history. The 34-year-old defensive midfielder has played a total of 43 games with Philadelphia, starting 36. In 2011, Miglioranzi played 980 minutes in 17 appearances, including 11 starts.

Harrison signed with the Union on September 23, 2011 from the club's USL-Pro affiliate, the Harrisburg City Islanders. Still awaiting his debut in Major League Soccer, the goalkeeper led his former club to the 2011 USL-Pro Final, in which Harrisburg lost in a penalty shootout to the Orlando City Lions.

Clubs must exercise the option for, or extend a Bona Fide Offer to all players selected in Stage 1. Players who are out of contract by December 2 may either accept or reject the Bona Fide Offer. Should a player reject the offer, the drafting club will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS. Players with option years left on their contract will automatically be added to the drafting club's roster.

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