The Philadelphia Union’s search for an impact midfielder is over.
The club signed Mexico international Marco Fabian, who comes to the club from Eintracht Frankfurt.
“We are even more happy we got a player with a real high potential for that position, who proved himself in the German Bundesliga over the last couple years, and before in Mexico, and also was one of the key players in the national team and took part in two World Cups,” Union sporting director Ernst Tanner said. “It’s really a great day for the Union. I think we’ll have a lot of fun with him.”
According to Tanner, Fabian’s contract is a one-year deal with two club options and there was no transfer fee paid to Eintracht Frankfurt.
“We have more or less one deal plus two options, which allows us to have everything in our hands — and there was no transfer fee,” Tanner said. “He was on an expiring contract and we had to do a favor to Frankfurt in order to give them five percent of the sell-on fee, which is more a favor to keep our good relationship with the club.”
The Friday signing concluded a week full of rumors regarding the 29-year-old, who was first reported to be in negotiations with the club by ESPN’s Taylor Twellman earlier this week.
Fabian has made 42 appearances for El Tri since debuting for the senior team in 2012, and he’s played in the last two World Cups.
“I’m a winner. I don’t want to lose,” Fabian told ProSoccerUSA. “I come here to win and to make the big, big dreams come true and one of them is to be champion with this team. We need to work every season, every game step by step.”
Fabian has been at Eintracht Frankfurt since January 2016, when he joined the Bundesliga side from Chivas de Guadalajara, where he spent the first eight seasons of his professional career.
The signing of Fabian puts the Union’s first-team roster at 26 players entering their second phase of preseason training in Clearwater, Fla., which begins on Monday.