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Fans in Philadelphia have heard the reports from other MLS teams lining up Designated Player signings and have been left wondering when the Union would join the party.
That's not happening any time soon.
According to multiple sources with knowledge of the team's plans, the Philly Union do not intent to bring in any high-priced players via a Designated Player slot this season.
"Why spend $3 million on a player who is going to be around for a year? The team is better of spending that money on academy and training facilities," said a source close to the team.
"It's different if you have a player like David Beckham, who is going to sell a million jerseys, but to give a bunch of money to a player who isn't going to be around long doesn't make sense."
The Union has opened its new PPL Park in Chester and is drawing large and vibrant crowds. A new designated player, even a high-profile signing, wouldn't sell enough tickets to justify the expense at this point in the club's young history.
The team's early approach to building its team has been to focus on youth, with promising prospects Danny Mwanga, Roger Torres, Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo giving the team a strong foundation for the future.
When asked about the team's philosophy regarding Designated Players back in December, Peter Nowak told SBI that the team would only be interested in bringing in a Designated Player who was interested in a long-term role with the club, not a one-year or two-year mercenary.
The Union is expected to sign Argentine midfielder Eduardo Coudet. The former River Plate player impressed in Philadelphia's recent friendly against Celtic and could slide in and start in central midfield for the Union.
What do you think of this development? Disappointed to hear Philadelphia won't sign a DP this season? Understand the reasoning behind the Union's strategy?
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