Soccer

Union signs forward Mikael Uhre as Designated Player

The Philadelphia Union made a major splash on Thursday with hopes of bolstering the forward position within the squad.

Mikael Uhre has acquired forward Mikael Uhre from Danish Superliagen side Brøndby IF and signed him to a three-year Designated Player contract. Uhre’s arrival in Chester gives Jim Curtin a new No. 9 heading into the new campaign following the departure of Kacper Przybylko to the Chicago Fire.

Uhre will occupy an international roster spot on the Union’s roster.

“We have been following Mikael for some time as he has developed and risen through the Danish Superliga, and we are excited to complete this deal to bring him to the Union,” said Union sporting director Ernst Tanner. “We are always looking for ways to improve the quality of our roster and we believe Mikael, having become a top player in Denmark, is a good fit for our system and will be an integral piece in our continued growth as a club. We are looking forward to welcoming him as we build on the success of last year and turn our attention to the 2022 season.”

Uhre comes into MLS off the back of a sensational season in Denmark, where he tallied 21 goals and six assists in 34 appearances. He won the league’s Golden Boot award and the Superliagen’s Player of the Season award.

He scored 14 goals across 26 appearances this season for the club and his 11 goals in 16 league appearances leads the league in goals. Uhre also appeared for Sonderjyske and Skive in the top two flights of the Danish Football ladder.

Uhre, 27, will join Sergio Santos, Cory Burke, and Julian Carranza in the Union’s attacking corps.

The Union continues preseason camp ahead of the 2022 MLS season.


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