It hasn’t been a star-studded transfer window from the Philadelphia Union, unlike some other MLS teams. However, approaching the deadline, Ernst Tanner has made two moves looking ahead to the 2023 season.
Just a few days ago, the Union announced the signing of Defensive Midfielder Richard Odada.
Today, the team announced another young signing. 18-year-old centerback Abasa Aremeyaw. Abasa is from Ghana and is coming from MSK Zilina youth team.
Abasa fits the build of a Union centerback. Standing at 6’3 and a lean 175. The move comes as depth was needed with the departure of fan favorite Stuart Findlay. Glesnes, Elliott, and Craig were the only 3 natural CBs on the active roster.
What Does the Move Mean for the Future?
The move to sign Richard Odada makes sense with Jose “El Brujo” Martinez likely departing after this season.
Now, the move to acquire Abasa makes sense as well. The Union needs depth at CB and what better way to do it is to bring in a young player who can be worked on and molded into the system.
However, Ernst insinuated that Abasa would be integrated into the first team next year. Now, this likely means nothing. Abasa could be a great third/fourth centerback.
The comments are making some speculate about the futures of Jacob Glesnes or Jack Elliott. Both just received contract extensions. While the two create one of the top defensive pairings in the league, there aren’t that many rumors about possible transfers for them.
Having too many good CBs is a welcomed problem. Remember 2 years ago when Jack Elliot, Jacob Glesnes, and Mark McKenzie had to share 2 open spots? Best case scenario, Abasa helps ensure Glesnes doesn’t have to play every second of a season. He did last year and he is on pace to do it again.
The Bottom Line
At the end of the day, these are two signings that will not affect this current MLS Season. Ernst said the goal is to keep the team as together as possible until the end of the season. Once the winter goes around the Union could lose many pieces. It is a good thing to stock up on depth. Especially very young players that can be molded into the Union’s system.
These two moves are the last moves the Union will be making before the deadline. They added depth for next season and kept the keys they need to chase hardware this season.