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Fabian Herbers training with German third division club

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Herbers’ future with the Philadelphia Union remains uncertain

The Philadelphia Union's Fabian Herbers celebrates after scoring a goal against the Columbus Crew SC.
The Philadelphia Union's Fabian Herbers celebrates after scoring a goal against the Columbus Crew SC.
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While his future with the Philadelphia Union remains uncertain, Fabian Herbers has been training in his native Germany with third division club FC Hansa Rostock.

The club, which has played in the 3. Liga division in Germany since 2012, posted a photo of Herbers on its official Twitter account on Tuesday. It links to a short training report on the club’s website.

Herbers, who was drafted sixth overall in the MLS SuperDraft in 2016 by the Union, was one of nine players who had their options declined after the season ended.

But Sporting Director Earnie Stewart said at a press conference on November 1 that the organization still believed in the 24-year-old and was “looking forward to him being part of the 2018 team.”

“He had (Generation adidas) status in the last two years, and the option, if we had taken it, the GA status would be gone, so he would come on to our roster,” Stewart said in the press conference. “So it had more to do with the roster itself, and the number.”

His guaranteed compensation in 2017 was $135,500.

Injury slowed Herbers in his second season with the Union. After making 32 appearances and 12 starts in his rookie year out of Creighton University, he appeared in 12 games and made 4 starts before a groin injury sidelined him in May. He has four goals and nine assists in 44 career games for the blue and gold.

Herbers received his green card in July, meaning if the Union do end up signing him he would no longer take up an international slot.