A 19-year-old Panama youth international is set to join the Philadelphia Union organization, according to the president of his current club in Panama.
Álvaro Vargas, president of Tauro FC, said in a video posted on Deportes RPC that Saed Díaz will be going to the Philadelphia Union.
CONFIRMADO A USA⚽ . El presidente del @TauroFC, Álvaro Vargas, confirma que el juvenil Saed Diaz irá al Philadelphia Union de los Estados Unidos. Además, habla de más bajas en las próximas horas para los últimos campeones en la LPF. #FutbolRPC pic.twitter.com/vx8u5CuShR— Deportes RPC (@deportes_rpc) December 7, 2018
Díaz recently played with the Panama U20s in the CONCACAF U20 Championship and while they fell short of the final (Mexico advanced on fair play because the two teams were tied), they did book a spot in the 2019 U20 World Cup.
Díaz had a pair of braces in a 4-0 win over Guateloupe to open the tournament and in a 2-1 win over Canada. You can see his two goals against Canada in the highlight video below.
Tauro FC is the home of fellow Panama youth international Adalberto Carrasquilla, who trialed with Bethlehem Steel FC in October.
As is the case with many transfer rumors of this nature with young and lower profile international players, Díaz could be a target for a USL deal to play at first for Bethlehem Steel FC.
Current Steel FC players Michee Ngalina and Faris both fit that profile, as does Union defender Olivier Mbaizo, who initially signed a USL deal to play for the Steel. The Steel also brought a couple of young internationals in on loan last season like 20-year-old Prosper Chiluya and 18-year-old Antonio Lokwa.