Rumor Mill — Summer Window

Looking to get your hopes up? Want to know who that mystery player was, kicking around at yesterday’s training session? Then you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the Rumor Mill

Welcome to the Rumor Mill, your daily source for Philadelphia Union player news, movement and transfer speculation during Major League Soccer’s Secondary Summer Transfer Window, which officially opened on July 10 and is set to close on Aug. 9.

Yeah, we know we’re waaaay behind on this one. Fortunately for us, there hasn’t been much player news. Or movement. Or even speculation, for that matter.

Lo siento, Elías

elías mejor jugador

According to Union manager, Jim Curtin, Costa Rican international and recent trainee, Elías Aguilar, was “not a fit” for the club, and he has since returned to his current club side, Club Sport Herediano.

It’s safe to say we can chalk that one up as UnionFanTV, 0, Philadelphia Union Front Office, 1. Imagine if the White House was able to stop leaks as efficiently as the Union top brass. Incredible!

Finding Ronaldo: a Philadelphia Union Story

Per Section 215 reporter, Paul Catrino, Haitian wonder-kid, Ronaldo Damus, was reportedly close to agreeing to terms with the Union earlier in July. 

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But there’s been no word on the young Haitian’s supposed move to the Union since then. It’s beginning to sound like one big Nothing Burger, if you ask us.

Dónde es Juarez?

Not in Philadelphia.

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Little was known about 18-year-old Costa Rican midfielder, Eduardo Juarez, who joined the Union on trial earlier in July. Juarez, a Costa Rican youth international, was reportedly on a 10-day trial with the Philadelphia Union. But that was according to Costa Rican media, the same outlets who claimed Elías Aguilar had agreed terms with the Union.

Νίκο Μαρτίνες in Φιλαδέλφια?!

According to Vasilis Tempelis, a contributor for Greek sports’ news site, Sport24, Argentinian midfielder, Nicolas “Nico” Martinez is rumored to be the subject of a loan deal between Greek Super Club, Olympiakos, and the Union.

Martinez, 29, last suited up for Western Sydney Wanderers on loan from Olympiakos last season. During his time with the Australian outfit, Martinez notched four goals and eight assists across 26 matches played.

Per a Wanderers’ fan from West Sydney Football, Martinez was primarily played as a right winger, during his time in Australia. Although, the Argentinian is more than capable of playing the No. 10. Just ask Nico himself.

Here are some of Nico’s highlights from his time with Wanderers.  

It appears that Martinez is not part of Olympiakos’ plans moving forward, as the Argentinian did not feature for the Kokkinoi in their midweek UEFA Champion’s League clash versus Partizan Belgrade.

Martinez has yet to feature for the Greek side, since he first signed back in 2015. He currently as one year left on his contract.

From the surface, it seems like a classic MoneyBall signing for Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart. And when asked today about the possibility of a deal on the table, Union manager Jim Curtin had this to say (or rather nothing to say) about Nico:

“It’s a player we are familiar with, a player that, we are always looking to upgrade our roster … but at this time he [Nicolas Martinez] is still Olympiakos’ property, so to talk about him one way or another is not something we are going to do.”   

Folks, the Union might very well be on the verge of their first (and only) signing in this Summer window. Stay tuned for more on Nicolas Martinez.

Aug. 7 

Nico Martinez will not be signing with the Philadelphia Union, after all 

According to Sport24, the Greek outlet who first broke the news that Martinez was close to a deal with the Union, has informed today that the Argentinian will not be making a loan move to Philadelphia, or any move, for that matter.

Martinez is said to have passed his medical tests with the club, but the Union reportedly changed the terms of the deal already in place. If true, it is not a very good look for the Union. Costa Rican club, CS Herediano made a similar claim that the Union stirred the pot in the Elías Aguilar transfer.

Again, it appears on the surface that the Union simply wanted a loan, while Olympiakos wanted Martinez off their book completely.

Aug. 9 — Deadline Day

Curtin said in his Weekly Presser today that “something still could happen.” Sporting Director, Earnie Stewart mirrored the Union boss, saying “there might be business done,” but added that “it might not be much.”

Curtin says there has been no internal discussion involving bringing Sebastien LeToux back to Philadelphia.

He [Seba] is a DC United player. That’s not something we have discussed. 

He assures that, as always, the Front Office will be working up until the deadline.

Major League Soccer’s Summer Secondary Window will close later tonight, at 11:59 PM ET. 

Note: Updates to the Rumor Mill will be posted as soon as bona-fide rumors, dealings and offers on the table reveal themselves. Until then, as Union goalkeeper, John McCarthy would say, “keep the dream alive.” Keep dreaming. 

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