German-American forward Andrew Wooten is nearing a deal with the Philadelphia Union, according to a report in ProSoccerUSA.
The 29-year-old who has one cap for the U.S. Men’s National Team has spent the last five years at SV Sandhausen in Germany. Wooten, the son of a German mother and American serviceman, has spent his entire career in his native Germany. He had 50 goals in 157 appearances for the second tier SV Sandhausen, according to Transfermarkt, but apparently saved his best for last. He scored 13 goals in his last 17 games, which included the lovely little chip in the video below.
The club confirmed his departure in a social media post on Thursday and noted that he would be going to MLS without naming the team.
Träume sind da, um gelebt zu werden! Alles erdenklich Gute und viel Erfolg in der @MLS, Andrew #Wooten!— SV Sandhausen 1916 e.V. (@SV_Sandhausen) June 20, 2019
Für immer einer von uns! ⚪
He has also been linked in reports to the Chicago Fire.
Listed as a center forward who can also play as a right or left winger, Wooten would join a Union front line that has been inconsistent in front of goal this season. David Accam, who was traded in early May, is tied for the team lead in goals from the forward position with Kacper Pryzbylko while Sergio Santos has three and Fafa Picault has just one after being tied with Cory Burke for the team lead last year with 10. Burke has a pair of goals, but is still unavailable because of visa issues and may miss most of the rest of the season.
That Wooten would not require an international roster spot is key since the Union still have 10 international players and nine spots on the first team roster, which forces them to loan players down to Bethlehem Steel to stay roster compliant.
Wooten’s lone appearance for the USMNT came in a friendly against Costa Rica on October 13, 2015 at Red Bull Arena.