The goalkeeping situation for the Philadelphia Union continues to get more and more interesting by the day. The team announced on Friday that they have acquired GK Brian Sylvestre from the North American Soccer League club Carolina Railhawks and they feel that he gives them the best chance to get a result in Vancouver. Also announced on Friday is that the Union have acquired Major League Soccer pool Goalkeeper Trey Mitchell will join the club in Vancouver as backup. The official statement announcing what has happened today can be read here.
Undoubtedly, fans are questioning what this means for the newly returning Rais M’bolhi. According to Technical Director Chris Albright when asked about why they have chosen Sylvestre to start and the status of M’bolhi “We have confidence in the familiarity he has with both our players and staff. Rais remains a member of the Philadelphia Union and we will continue to evaluate all options in the best interest of the club.”
The moves to acquire Sylvestre and Mitchell come just days after 2014 MLS SuperDraft Goalkeeper Andre Blake and Hometown boy Goalkeeper John McCarthy sustained injuries in training and were ruled out for this weekend’s roadtrip. It was reported that McCarthy was hit in the head with a ball and was showing concussion type symptoms, and Andre Blake tore the medial meniscus in his right knee (he was just recovering from the same injury in his left knee). It is unsure how long Sylvestre will stay on the roster, but some have speculated that he would stay on as #3 until Andre is recovered from his surgery for this meniscus injury.
It has also been speculated that during the summer transfer window, the Union will be entertaining offers in an attempt to part ways with M’bolhi. So, as the situation continues to unfold, it will be interesting to see the moves that are made at a situation that a season ago looked like the strongest position on the roster.