The Union's two newest Latino additions
Ahead of the MLS Superdraft taking place Thursday, the Philadelphia Union announced two additions to their roster.
The acquisitions of Colombian-American Walter Restrepo and Brazilian Anderson Conceição were announced Tuesday and Wednesday respectively by the Union as they gear up for the upcoming season. With these additions, the Latino presence is reinforced at Talen Energy Stadium.
Restrepo joins the Union in a trade with New York Cosmos that saw midfielder Michael Lahoud head to New York on a loan through the 2016 regular season. A winger, Restrepo played professionally in Colombia between 2006 and 2011. His profile page on the New York Cosmos website lists teams such as Deportes Tolima, Boyacá Chicó and Expreso Rojo. He has also played on the Colombian national team at the U-17 level.
In the U.S., Restrepo has played mostly in the North American Soccer League, the second tier league in the states. Restrepo joined the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 2011 and played there until 2014 when he joined the San Antonio Scorpions. He would then join New York Cosmos in 2015 where he netted 3 goals out of 29 appearances. Restrepo, 27 was born in San Diego, Calif. but holds both an american and Colombian passport.
Conceição, a center back, comes on loan from Tombense FC, a team in Brazil’s Série C. According to the Union, the 26-year-old Brazilian joined Tombense in 2011 but has played most of his career on loan out to larger clubs. For those familiar with Brazilian soccer, Conceição also has experience in La Liga, Spain’s top league, where he played for RCD Mallorca. The Union said Conceição will play for the duration of the 2016 season pending a P-1 Visa and international transfer certificate.
More additions to the team will be announced during the MLS Superdraft which is taking place in Baltimore throughout the day. The Union was set up to have three of the top 10 picks.
Update: In the first round of the Superdraft, the Union selected Joseph Yaro (Georgetown University), Keegen Rosenberry (Georgetown University) and Fabian Herbers (Creighton University) as the number two, three and six picks respectively. Along with this, Homegrown player Zach Pfeffer was traded to the Colorado Rapids along with general allocation money for the number two pick.