Monday, December 08, 2014

Union declines option on Casey, four others

Chester, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union have declined the contract options of five players from its current roster, including veteran striker Conor Casey.

The club also declined its options on midfielders Corben Bone and Fred along with forwards Brian Brown and Cristhian Hernandez. Additionally, midfielder Brian Carroll's deal has expired.

"The ongoing discussions we have regarding roster decisions are obviously difficult," said Union technical director Chris Albright. "We will continue to have an open dialogue with several players about their respective futures with our club and we’ll have further announcements to share as we continue to build our roster for the 2015 season.”

The Union currently has 24 players under contract from a team that reached its first Open Cup final in team history.

Goalkeepers (3): Andre Blake, Zac MacMath, Rais Mbolhi

Defenders (7): Fabinho, Austin Berry, Ray Gaddis, Richie Marquez, Carlos Valdes, Ethan White, Sheanon Williams

Midfielders (9): Danny Cruz, Maurice Edu, Leo Fernandes, Michael Lahoud, Cristian Maidana, Jimmy McLaughlin, Zach Pfeffer, Vincent Nogueira, Amobi Okugo

Forwards (5): Antoine Hoppenot, Sebastien Le Toux, Pedro Ribeiro, Andrew Wenger, Aaron Wheeler
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