The Philadelphia Union are in line to bolster their forward depth chart with the addition of an in-form striker.
Forward Andrew Wooten is finalizing a deal with the Union, multiple sources tell Pro Soccer USA.
Wooten could be unveiled as the club’s newest signing as early as Thursday afternoon, but that is dependent on the completion of paperwork.
2.Bundesliga side SV Sandhausen confirmed Wooten’s departure from Germany to Major League Soccer in a farewell post on social media on Thursday morning.
— SV Sandhausen 1916 e.V. (@SV_Sandhausen) June 20, 2019
Wooten’s contract at Sandhausen expires at the end of June, so the Union would not have to pay a transfer fee to acquire him.
The 29-year-old scored 17 goals for Sandhausen in the 2.Bundesliga during the 2018-19 campaign, with a majority of the goals coming in the second half of the season.
Wooten fills a need within the current roster constraints the Union have. He counts as a domestic player as a German-American and he adds depth to a forward group that has seen its production slow down in recent weeks.
Counting as a domestic player is crucial for the Union, who have 10 players to fill nine international spots at the moment.
Bringing an in-form striker to the club helps as well since Sergio Santos, Kacper Przybylko and Fafa Picault have combined for two goals in the Union’s past four regular-season games.
When the Wooten signing is officially announced, manager Jim Curtin will have five forwards available for selection in Santos, Przybylko, Picault, Wooten and recent signee Michee Ngalina, who was promoted from USL Championship side Bethlehem Steel. Cory Burke is on the Union’s roster, but he is still dealing with visa issues in Jamaica and the club doesn’t expect him to be back for quite some time.