Philadelphia, PA — The Philadelphia Union have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Marco Fabian from Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga.
Fabian is a 29-year-old from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico is one of the highest profile signings in Union history. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Philly.com reported that it is a one-year contract with two years of club options. The club did not have to pay a transfer fee to Eintracht Frankfurt but will send the German side five percent of any fee should Fabian be sold in the future.
The Mexican national will fill the large hole on the team's midfield left by the departure of Borek Dockal after last years spectacular campaign by the Czech national. Fabian has been with Eintracht Frankfurt since 2015 scoring eight goals over that span in 44 appearances. Including scoring against Bundesliga titan Bayern Munich. He was voted third best offensive midfielder in the league in 2016-2017.
The bulk of Fabian’s professional career has been spent with club Deportivo Guadalajara in the Mexican first division. With that club, he scored 70 goals in 153 appearances from 2007 through 2015 before departing for Germany.
Fabian’s international career has been filled with success. He participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London among other tournaments. He’s had 42 caps with the senior team, scoring 9 goals. He has played both the 2014 and the 2018 World Cups, as well as the appearing in the Gold Cup, Copa America, and the Confederations Cup. During the latter in 2017, his goal against Germany was voted the goal of the tournament.
This signing means a lot for the Union as they head into a new season. Along with new striker Sergio Santos, a healthy David Accam, and the returning Cory Burke, the Union’s attack looks like it might at it’s most potent in the clubs history. Fabian gives them a creative and versatile attacker with a flair for the spectacular. The Union had started Ilsinho in the middle in their first scrimmage and based on history and Ilsinho’s previous durability issues, this would have been a huge issue as the MLS season gets underway.
Fabian has had injury issues, with a move from Frankfurt to Fenerbahce falling apart. Although the team denies it was related to back issues and knee issues the player has experience, some reporting stated he had failed a physical.
Ernst Tanner has shaken things up since coming on board last year and bringing in a player for Fabian’s quality is a good sign for the future.
Fabian posted this letter on the Union website:
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