Friday, January 27, 2012

Union set to open preseason camp


Chester, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union will begin preseason training this week ahead of the 2012 Major League Soccer season, as players arrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday night to undergo entrance medical exams before the first official day of training on Monday, January 30 at YSC Sports Complex in Wayne, Pa.

The team will train at YSC through Friday, February 3rd before heading to Orlando, Florida, February 5-19.

The Union made a number of roster changes in the offseason, picking up Panamanian midfielder Gabriel Gomez, Costa Rican forward Josue Martinez and defender Porfiro Lopez.  In addition, the club acquired Nizar Khalfan from the Vancouver Whitecaps, and signed Homegrown player and Malvern, Pa. native Jimmy McLaughlin.  UCLA forward Chandler Hoffman, Creighton midfielder Greg Jordan and former Reading United product and West Virginia graduate Raymon Gaddis were all drafted in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, while UPenn’s Thomas Brandt, Princeton’s Antoine Hoppenot, Marist’s Krystian Witkowski and Santa Clara’s Brandon Zimmerman were all picked up a week later in the League’s Supplemental Draft.
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