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Philadelphia Union star midfielder Jamiro Monteiro misses match, is in transfer talks

Monteiro was a surprise absence from the 18 Sunday night

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Philadelphia Union star midfielder Jamiro Monteiro could be on his way out less than two weeks away from one of the biggest matches in team history: the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League semifinal in Mexico City.

Monteiro was a surprise omission from the 18 in the Union’s match against the Chicago Fire.

Head coach Jim Curtin addressed his absence post-game.

“Jamiro is in transfer talks right now,” Curtin said. “That’s all I can say about the matter.”

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jonathan Tannenwald reported that one of the reasons for Monteiro, a father of two, seeking a transfer could be family related.

A Cape Verde international, Monteiro originally came to the Union on loan in 2019 and returned after the Union paid their largest transfer fee ever for a player in 2020.

He has 9 goals and 19 assists in 63 games over three seasons with the blue and gold.

UPDATE: It should come as no surprise that the Union have options in terms of clubs interested in acquiring Monteiro.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for TheCup.us, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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