It’s official folks, winger Danny Cruz will be headed to Norwegian side FK Bodø/Glimt on a season-long loan. The news of Cruz’s loan was first reported yesterday by Kevin Kinkead and confirmed by head coach Jim Curtin and Cruz himself this afternoon.
The terms of the loan are not known at this time, aside from its length. Therefore, there is no knowledge of a potential option to buy at the end of the loan or if Cruz will rejoin the team at the conclusion of the season. It would be fair to assume that sending a 25-year-old out on loan means that Cruz has probably played his last game for the Philadelphia Union.
This is a bit of a curious move on the Union’s part. With injuries to CJ Sapong and Cristian Maidana, the Union’s depth at winger is looking rather scarce. The team does have options in the form of Zach Pfeffer, Eric Ayuk and Jimmy McLaughlin, but none of those players have any significant experience in MLS. And for all the negative talk about Cruz, he was still a hard worker, solid defender and could produce a lovely goal once in a while.
Despite concerns about depth, Technical Director Chris Albright is not worried and sees some positives emerging from the move
"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."
If you do a little bit of reading between the lines with Albright’s statement, it would be reasonable to assume that some additions are on the way. Cruz’s base salary was listed at $125,000 last year, so the Union will have about that much in cap space in addition to any allocation money they already have. While it is sad to see a good guy like Danny Cruz leave the team, fans should be looking forward to any additions that may come as a result of his departure.