The Philadelphia Union bolstered their offensive weapons for 2022, adding a promising young talent to the mix on Thursday.
Julian Carranza was acquired by the Union on loan from Inter Miami, in exchange for the club’s natural second-round draft pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft. Carranza, 21, will occupy a Young Designated Player spot on the club’s roster and comes to Philadelphia with an option to make his loan permanent.
“We’re excited to welcome Julián to the Philadelphia Union and add a promising young attacker with a lot of potential to our roster,” said Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner. “He is aggressive in the box and brings the versatility of a natural center forward who fits the profile of a striker we were looking for, as well as our style of play. We look forward to welcoming him to the team and watching him develop in our system.”
Carranza signed with Inter Miami in July 2019 from Banfield in the Argentine Primera Division, becoming one of the first two players signed by the then-expansion side. He scored three goals in 41 appearances for the Eastern Conference club, with two of those coming in a 3-2 win over rivals Orlando City in August 2020.
A former academy player with Banfield, Carranza totaled 11 goals and two assists in 48 appearances for the club. Carranza has previously appeared for Argentina’s Under-17 and Under-23 men’s national teams, but has yet to debut for the senior team on the international level.
Due to Inter Miami’s current financial issues involving its roster, Carranza was made available this offseason.
The Union open the 2022 MLS season on Feb. 26 against Minnesota United.