Already with a number of exciting signings since last year, the Union continue to upgrade themselves. Faryd Mondragon, Carlos Ruiz, and Carlos Valdez were the high profile signings for the Union in the offseason.
All three made contributions during the season opening victory against Houston. Now, the Union are even stronger thanks to the signing of international star Keon Daniel.
Daniel is coming off of a stint in Puerto Rico. However, Daniel is much more famous for his appearances with the Trinidad & Tobago national team. He has played 46 games for the national team. During World Cup qualifying in 2010, he netted four goals for his team. That equaled the number of goals scored by the most popular American player, Landon Donovan.
He led the team in goals during qualifying. Daniel has also trained with English Premier League teams Manchester United and West Ham United. Clearly, he has vast soccer experience.
At 24 years old, Daniel fits the youth movement made by the Union this season. For a team with playoff potential, Daniel provides a boost to the midfield unit. He is fast and athletic. He can also score and defend. It may take Daniel some time to break in with his new team, but he will add significant depth.
The Union face Vancouver in their home opener on March 26th. It is unclear if Daniel will get playing time in that game. However, expect the team to play him before long.
The Union are already off to a hot start this season. Before long, Philadelphia will notice how good this team is. With signings like Daniel, the team is showing that it is building a smart future. Expect this club to be strong for a long time.