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Philadelphia Union announce Kacper Przybylko signing

German-born Polish striker was added prior to roster freeze deadline on Friday

Kacper Przbylko training with the Union on Friday, September 14
Matt Ralph

German-born Polish striker Kacper Przybylko was added to the Philadelphia Union roster ahead of the roster freeze deadline on Friday, the club announced on Sunday morning.

The 25-year-old target forward’s contract is for the remainder of the 2018 MLS season with a team option for 2019. He’s been on trial with the club for the past couple weeks after an unsuccessful trial with Sunderland AFC in England.

“After having the opportunity to get an extended look at Kacper in training over the last few weeks, we are pleased to add him to our squad in advance of the MLS Roster Freeze,” Union Technical Director Chris Albright said in a statement. “He is a physical forward with a nose for goal, and we are encouraged with his progress in recovering from injury. We believe he bolsters our depth and we are looking forward to working his fitness up as we enter the stretch run of our season.”

His signing is pending receipt of his P1 Visa and international transfer certificate. He last played with 1. FC Kaiserslautern in Germany, appearing 47 times for the first team in the 2. Bundesliga over a three-year stretch, scoring nine goals and adding two assists.

He has represented Poland at the youth international level and also spent time with German clubs Arminia Bielefeld in his hometown, FC Köln and Greuther Fürth.

Przybylko will provide depth for head coach Jim Curtin down the stretch as the Union fight for a playoff spot. He joins a forward group that includes the team’s leading goal-scorer Cory Burke, C.J. Sapong and seldom-used Jay Simpson.

Listed at 6-foot-4, he has three inches on both Burke and Sapong and six inches on Simpson.