Chester, PA –
Philadelphia Union announced the signing of Dutch left back Giliano Wijnaldum in a news release on Thursday.
Wijnaldum, 24, joins Union from 2. Bundesliga club VfL Bochum, after making only seven appearances for the German outfit. He previously spent time in Holland playing for first division sides AZ Alkmaar, FC Groningen and Go Ahead Eagles.
Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart is already familiar with the Dutchman from his time at Alkmaar. Wijnaldum featured in the 2013 Dutch Cup final, which the Cheeseheads edged PSV Eindhoven 2-1.
“As a young player who I have worked with before in the Netherlands, I know firsthand the potential he brings to our club,” said Stewart in a news release.
Fans may be familiar with Wijnaldum’s older brother, Georginio Wijnaldum, an attacking midfielder who plies his trade for Liverpool in the English Premier League.
Pending receipt of an International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa, Wijnaldum will occupy one of the Club’s three remaining international roster spots. Fabian Herbers, Roland Alberg, Eric Ayuk, Joshua Yaro and Ilsinho currently hold the others.
The signing of Wijnaldum is seen as the eventual replacement for aging left back Fabinho, who is nearing the end of his contract.
Name: Giliano Wijnaldum (pronounced: Gill-ee-AH-no Why-NALL-dum)
Born: August 31, 1992 in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Hometown: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Previous Experience: VfL Bochum (2015-2016), Go Ahead Eagles (2014-2015), FC Groningen (2013-2014), AZ Alkmaar (2010-2013)