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Philadelphia Union sign Michee Ngalina to first-team contract

Ngalina has trained with the Union for quite some time and is expected to fill the role left open by David Accam’s trade.

Feb 16, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Philadelphia Union midfielder Michee Ngalina (46) clears the ball in the second half against the Montreal Impact at Al Lang Stadium. (Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports)

CHESTER, Pa. — The Philadelphia Union have rewarded another one of their top young prospects with a Major League Soccer contract. 

Michee Ngalina, who has played for the club’s USL Championship affiliate Bethlehem Steel, signed with the Union on Wednesday. 

“I feel so happy to sign my MLS contract,” Ngalina said on Wednesday. “Thanks to the Union staff for giving me the opportunity to show what I can do.” 

“He’s a teenager still, which is incredible to think about because he has a couple years of playing under his belt with the pros now,” Union manager Jim Curtin told reporters Wednesday. “He’s taken a next step with the Steel where you’re seeing all the flash and sizzle add up to goals.”

Ngalina has trained with the first team for quite some time and is expected to fill the role on the forward depth chart left open by the David Accam trade to Columbus that was made official on Wednesday.

“I’ve been with them since the start of last year so we know each other well,” Ngalina said. “I will be comfortable to play with them.” 

Ngalina is likely to play as a second striker when he gets the opportunity to play for the Union. In different variations of the club’s tactics, he could play out on the wing as well. 

“I’m a winger, but I think up top in that new formation I will feel okay with that because some movement will help me run outside to play like a winger,” Ngalina said. 

“He can go by anybody at the first team or Steel level,” Curtin said. “It’s a skill you can’t teach. Outside of Ilsinho, he’s our most dangerous guy one-on-one.” 

Curtin mentioned that Ngalina could see the field soon for the Union.

“I’m really proud of Michee and the work that he’s put in and you’ll see him sooner rather than later in the first team because he deserves it.

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