Union Rumors got off to an early start this morning, and threw out an interesting player that might be coming the Philadelphia Union's way.
Dutch Moneyball? @PhilaUnion linked to 25 y/o ADO Den Haag AM/LW/F Roland Alberg. Team in financial crisis & summer expiring contract.— Union Rumors (@UnionRumors) January 30, 2016
Roland Alberg is a pretty good example of the type of Moneyball player that the Union have been labeled as playing in this transfer window. He's just coming into the prime of his career at 25. He can play wide on the left, as a midfielder or even as a center forward up top, and until today he was probably only on the radar of one man in MLS. Before he was signed to ADO Den Haag (who you might know as the club with the one goalkeeper who hit a backheel goal), he was in AZ Alkmaar's youth system when Earnie Stewart started at AZ.
What becomes interesting is some of the details surrounding Alberg. According to a Dutch news outlet, Alberg isn't too fond of staying with Den Haag. Union Rumors cites the club's money issues and Alberg's expiring contract as some factors in his possible move to the U and do well to compare this situation with Vincent Nogueira's in 2014 when he came from Sochaux in France. Alberg seems like he may be a good fit for the team, but we will have to wait and see if we finally get our first AZ reunion in Philadelphia. Until then, check out his highlight reel below: