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Philadelphia Union swap international roster spot with Nashville SC for $350k



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The Philadelphia Union will have one fewer international spot available for the remainder of 2024 and into the 2025 season but they’ll also have $350,000 more to spend next season after a deal announced yesterday with Nashville SC.

The Union sent Nashville one of their 8 international roster spots to Nashville in the deal which will mean they’ll have 7 spots the rest of this season and in 2025. Nashville is paying the Union $350,000 in general allocation money in 2025.

The Union currently have six of their 8 international spots occupied. Both Richard Odada and Joaquin Torres require international roster spots but both are out on loan.

That leaves Daniel Gazdag, Mikael Uhre, Jose Martinez, Olwethu Makhanya, Jesus Bueno and Tai Baribo occupying roster spots per the roster posted on the MLS website.

Moves of this nature are typically a signal of pending roster moves by Sporting Director Ernst Tanner but in the case of the $350k Tanner won’t have that to put toward any deals until next season.

The summer will likely see some movement with international players on the roster, however. Richard Odada’s loan with Danish side Aalborg BK expires on June 30. Baribo continues to languish on the bench with 0 minutes this season and just 151 total minutes since being acquired last summer.

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, 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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