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Report: German-born U.S. international Alfredo Morales set for MLS move

U.S. international would fit the profile of an Ernst Tanner move

Eintracht Braunschweig v Fortuna Düsseldorf - Second Bundesliga Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images

U.S. international Alfredo Morales is reportedly set to move to MLS and while the Philadelphia Union are not named in the report he would fit the profile of a player that Sporting Director Ernst Tanner might target.

The 30-year-old German-born midfielder could fill the need the Union have for a central midfielder and also provide a veteran presence in the midfield to both push and mentor young prospects like Jack McGlynn.

Though his contract is expiring at the end of the 2. Bundesliga season with Fortuna Düsseldorf, the report from Transfermarkt states that a transfer fee would still need to be paid. The website lists his value at $1.32 million

Morales has spent his entire career in his native Germany but was eligible to join the USMNT because his father is a U.S. citizen from Peru who served in the U.S. military. That distinction makes him particularly attractive to the Union because he would not occupy an international roster spot.

He’s listed an attacking midfielder as his main position, but seems to play more as a holding midfielder, which the Union currently have in large supply, especially after the reported pending signing of Leon Flach from Germany. In his most recent games with Fortuna, he’s lined up as one of two holding midfielders in a 4-2-2-2.