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Report: Philadelphia Union Sign Algerian Goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi

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A report out of France suggests Algeria's World Cup starting goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi is set to join the Union's already crowded stable of keepers.

Clive Rose

The Philadelphia Union are already crowded at goalkeeper. They have an established MLS starter in MacMath, a #1 overall pick who many feel is better than MacMath, and there is Union academy product Zack Steffen whose career trajectory could take him as far as the USMNT. The Union have needs, goalkeeper is the absolute last area of needs, and they should be looking to upgrade other areas in this transfer window, namely central defense.

So naturally, reports from France have surfaced that the Union have signed Rais M'Bolhi. Seeing as that report from France is in French, let's go to the Google translate edition!

Author of an outstanding World Cup with Algeria, Rais M'Bolhi leaves CSKA Sofia and will discover the MLS. His performances at the World Brazilian have not left unaffected the Philadelphia Union, who had the final say in signing the player tearing formed Olympique de Marseille, as announced O Jogo.

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Algerian goalkeeper committed for the next three seasons with the North American club, who paid € 300 000 for the deal.

There is a little word confusion there, but it is mostly easy to make out. M'Bolhi is leaving Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia  to join the Union, who were impressed by his play in Brazil. The Union are paying 300,000 euros (just under $403,000) for the Algerian keeper who signed (or plans to sign) a three-year contract here.

Though nothing has been confirmed, this transfer seems like it is an eventuality. M'Bolhi was recently spotted at PPL Park and despite older reports linking him to Nice from a couple days ago, this report is from today and seems more likely based off the above evidence.

We'll have more on the M'Bolhi situation as it develops further and more details are known. And keep in mind that though this seems likely now, anything can happen in the transfer window and deals that seem all but certain can fall apart quickly.