MLS Notes: Union sign five, Sebrango catches on with Montreal and more

MLS Notes: Union sign five, Sebrango catches on with Montreal and more

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MLS Notes: Union sign five, Sebrango catches on with Montreal and more



The Philadelphia Union were busy filling out their roster on Tuesday.

The Union signed five players — 2012 MLS SuperDraft picks Greg Jordan and Ray Gaddis, Supplemental Draft picks Antoine Hoppenot and Krystian Witkowski and journeyman backup goalkeeper Chase Harrison — bringing the number of players on the senior roster to 27 while providing depth at a number of positions.

As it stands, Harrison will be the club's No. 2 goalkeeper behind Zac MacMath. He was with the club at the end of last season after previous stints in MLS with Real Salt Lake, D.C. United and the Columbus Crew. He has yet to make an MLS appearance, though, and has gotten his playing experience in the lower tiers of U.S. Soccer.

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Even at 38, Eduardo Sebrango still has some gas left in the tank.

The veteran forward and former Cuban international earned a contract with the Montreal Impact on Tuesday after trialing with the club during the preseason, marking his arrival in MLS after a lengthy career in the second tier of North American soccer.

He had been with the Impact in USL and NASL, coming out of a brief retirement in June of last year to score six goals for the Impact. Prior to being with Montreal, Sebrango played for the Vancouver Whitecaps. He has a prolific scoring record in the lower tiers of North American soccer, scoring 104 goals in 270 games — good for second-most all-time.

"I've been with the club for a long time, and it's special for me to be a part of its first season in the top league in North America," Sebrango said in a team-issued release. "I will try to do my best to represent all the former Impact players that wore the team's colours proudly over the years."

Sebrango will have a chance to burn his former club in the Impact's season opener, as they take on the Whitecaps at BC Place on March 10.


Portland Timbers Designated Player Kris Boyd arrived at Jeld-Wen Field and was introduced to the media Tuesday, officially joining the fold ahead of his first season in MLS.

The 28-year-old Boyd, who has been out of action since the summer, immediately joined Timbers training, as he'll try to get back into full match fitness ahead of the club's season opener against Philadelphia on March 12.

"He was brought here for one reason and one reason only," Timbers coach John Spencer told reporters during the introductory press conference. "To score goals."

Boyd inherits the role left behind by the departed Kenny Cooper, and he'll look to replicate the goal-scoring form that he had in the Scottish Premier League, where his 164 goals are the most all-time in his native country's top flight.


The search to fill out the New York Red Bulls goalkeeper corps continues, as the club has brought Ray Burse and Phillip Tuttle on its trip to Arizona, where they'll compete in the Diamond Desert Cup.

Burse has played for FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew in his time as a career backup, but he starred for the NASL's Puerto Rico Islanders last year and could be the third option behind rookie Ryan Meara and Jeremy Vuolo.

Tuttle, a former goalkeeper for Notre Dame, spent last season with the Harrisburg City Islanders in USL Pro.


What do you think of all of the Union's signings? Think Sebrango can be a factor for Montreal? How do you see Boyd faring in Portland? Think Burse or Tuttle can crack the Red Bulls' roster?

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