Nizar Khalfan Waived By The Philadelphia Union

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 19: Nizar Khalfan #16 of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Keith Makubuya #13 of the Toronto FC battle for the ball during their MLS game March 19, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won thier first ever MLS game 4-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Nizar Khalfan's tenure with the Philadelphia Union was cut short, as the midfielder was waived by the team.

The Tanzanian international was called up to his national team this week, but the opportunity to play in an Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying match did not prevent the Union from placing Khalfan on MLS waivers. Khalfan was originally acquired by Philadelphia in November of last year through MLS's Waiver Draft.

Khalfan, 23, was competing for playing time in a crowded midfield, and may have lost his chance of making the Union due to the return of left midfielder Keon Daniel. The Union are currently carrying four other players - Daniel, Gabriel Farfan, Michael Farfan and Jimmy McLaughlin - that naturally play on the outside, leaving Khalfan as unneeded.

The former Vancouver Whitecaps player will seek a place on the sixth team of his career (if both iterations of the Whitecaps are included as a single entity).

The Union now have seven international roster spots open out of nine, but one of those spots will be filled by signing Home Grown Player Christian Hernandez, a source informed the Brotherly Game on Tuesday.

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