The Rumors started just a few days ago, but today the Union officially announced the acquisition of their newest midfielder, Roland Alberg.
Alberg is coming to the Union from Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag, where he primarily played attacking midfielder, but also spent some time out on the left wing. Alberg played in 71 games for ADO, starting 60 of them. In that time he has bagged 16 goals and 13 assists, 8 of those goals and 9 assists coming from last season alone.
"Roland has the versatility and ability to play multiple positions at a high level of class. He’s a player we immediately identified as a perfect fit for our club as he’ll add additional quality to our midfield," said Philadelphia's new Sporting Director Earnie Stewart of the player.
The official Union press release states that he joins the team on a 2 year deal, and the team used Targeted Allocation money to acquire him. It also says that he will, in fact, take up an international roster spot. The last one the team has.
It is currently unclear where on the field we will see Alberg play, but my money is on Left or Right Wing to start, with him sliding into the CAM role should Barnetta have to miss time. This ought to be a significant upgrade over Le Toux, who, while still dangerous around goal, is now 32, and not quite as fast as he once was.
I, for one, am very excited about this signing. Adding a player that is good enough to start on the wing while also being a quality back up for Barnetta is a great acquisition by the team. I know that everyone has been eagerly awaiting the rumored DP striker, but this is still a good, and much needed roster move. It also shouldn't be read as an indication that the search for a striker is over. Many people are worried about our lack of international roster spots, but Jim Curtin has indicated several times that it is not difficult to get players a green card if they need to clear up a spot.
Still not excited? Then check out this awesome highlight reel for Alberg:
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