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Report: Philadelphia Union to bench Rais Mbolhi

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After seeing Rais Mbolhi deliver another shaky performance, the Philadelphia Union are reportedly ready to make a change in goal.

Union head coach Jim Curtin has made the decision to drop Mbolhi from the lineup for this weekend’s home game against New York City FC, according to a report from CBS Philly. Mbolhi, 28, has seen his 2014 struggles carry over into the early parts of this season for a winless Philadelphia team that is in last place in the Eastern Conference.

The Algerian international had another tough outing in the Union’s deflating 3-2 collapse to Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. He is expected to be replaced by either John McCarthy, the 2014 USL Pro Goalkeeper of the Year, or the recently-recovered Andre Blake.

Philadelphia, which has a 0-3-2 record, hosts NYCFC on Saturday afternoon.

What do you think about Mbolhi’s reported benching? Should the club have made this move sooner? Think Mbolhi will bounce back and reclaim the starting spot this season?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Philadelphia’s next brilliant front-office move will be their first….How do you ditch a promising young keeper for this Gomer? GK had nothing to do with their ongoing mediocrity.

  2. Poor union, I thought they would never bench this sucker.
    He fakes injuries at very game and blames his teammates for everything. What took so long?
    Their fans deserve better 🙂

  3. Really dumb decision to add Mbolhi. The deal is that there are tons of talented keepers in MLS and college and academies. So why spend big bucks on someone (even if he isn’t shaky)? And for Philly, they had MacMath and they had Blake. We’re not talking Real Madrid here, where a team has the budget to have an international player as your third string keeper or to have national teamers on your reserve. In MLS, the cap requires you to set priorities. Even if Mbolhi had been everything he was cracked up to me, that’s money (and an international roster spot) that is NOT going to a playmaking midfielder…or a striker…or a big center back that can dominate in the air.

  4. The real buffoon in this situation is the front office person who sent the promising AND GROWING MacMath packing.

  5. I had actually followed M’Bolhi in his prior club, CSKA Sofia.

    I know he had a good World Cup, but back at CSKA Sofia the guy was always a liability…he would have an amazing game, followed by a game where he singlehandedly would lose a game for his side. The general opinion among fans was “Good riddance”, when he was sold to the Union…


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