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Report: Union negotiating for Venezuelan teenager

José Riasco turns 18 on Feb. 2

Carl Gulbish

A Venezuelan teenager set to turn 18 next month is being pursued by the Philadelphia Union, according to reports.

José Riasco’s profile would suggest it’s more of a Philadelphia Union 2 type signing or loan. Some of the reports surfaced suggesting Riasco would be brought in as a Kacper Przybylko replacement, which makes little sense.

UPDATE: A new report cites a transfer fee of more than $1 million, which would suggest at the very least that Riasco would be a first team signing — a U-22 initiative player perhaps — who plays with Union 2.

The Union currently have three strikers on the first team but are reportedly close to adding Mikael Uhrue from Denmark.

He has 4 goals and a pair of assists in 16 matches this season in Liga FUTVE in Venezuela playing for Deportivo La Guara playing as a center forward.

Venezuela is becoming fertile ground for the Union’s scouting efforts in South America. First team midfielders Jose Andres Martinez and Jesus Bueno both came up through the Venezuelan league and two other young players have already been linked to Union 2 from Venezuela this offseason.