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Recapping The Six Philadelphia Union Preseason Camp Trialists



Trinidad and Tobago former under-17 and under-23 goalkeeper Thorne Holder was the first Philadelphia Union trial player to have his name dropped by the media. Holder was identified by the T&T media and appears to be the Union's replacement for the recently waived Brad Knighton, though nothing is definite yet.

Former USMNT international midfielder/forward Jeremiah White was the second Union trialist to be identified by local media members. The 5’8″ White’s contract with GKS Belchatow, of the Polish Ekstraklasa, appears to be at its end, allowing the 28-year-old to go on trial with the Union. White’s speed would provide the Union with a great option on the right side of the midfield and someone for rookie midfielder/forward Levi Houapeu to learn from.

Then Zolo Nation discovered that second round pick Michael Farfan's brother Gabriel was in camp. The 23-year-old left Cal State Fullerton early to pursue professional soccer with Club America in Mexico. Though more highly touted out of high school than his twin brother, Gabriel wasn't able to catch on at America and is not seeking out other opportunites.

An unknown midfielder with dreads was the next player to be identified. Puerto Rico Islanders midfielder Keon Daniels turned out to be who the player is. The Union have somewhat of a history with the Islanders, having brought in right back Cristian Arrieta from Puerto Rico.

Along with discovering the identity of Daniels was the identification of striker Chris Agorsor. The small forward was Gatorade's 2008 National Player of the Year. Though incredibly successful during his collegiate career, Agorsor has had problems transitioning to the next level because of his size.

The last trialist to remain unknown was a tall player, who was thought to be a defender. Instead it turned out to be 6’4″ former PDL MVP (2009) striker Aaron Wheeler. If signed by the Union, Wheeler would fill the hole left by the departed Alejandro Moreno (now at Chivas USA after a post-Expansion Draft trade) at target striker.

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