Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Union loan Cruz to Norwegian club

Chester, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union has loaned veteran midfielder Danny Cruz to FK Bodo/Glimt of Tippeligaen, the top division of Norwegian football for the 2015 season.

Cruz, 25, originally joined the Union in August of 2012 via trade with D.C. United as forward Lionard Pajoy went the other way in the deal. Since then, Cruz has played in 70 games for Philadelphia, with 60 starts, and has scored seven goals with five assists.

In 2013, he was tied for second on the team in games played (32) and starts (32) and was third on the team in shots (56). Cruz, however, is no longer a part of the mix and had yet to play for the Union in the 2015 MLS Regular Season.

“This is a great opportunity for Danny to play regularly and we know he’ll represent our club well while in Norway.” technical director Chris Albright said. “While we’re confident in our depth on the wings, this also gives us important salary cap relief as we continue to shape our roster throughout the season."

Cruz played collegiately at UNLV and was originally drafted by Houston Dynamo with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. During his six-year career, Cruz has played in 137 games and has started 99 games. He’s scored 12 goals and handed out 13 assists.

FK Bodo/Glimt, meanwhile, earned promotion into Tippeligaen two years ago. The league start its season next month.
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