The loss of Paxten Aaronson to Eintracht Frankfurt opened a midfield spot for the Philadelphia Union and Ernst Tanner filled that in the form of one of MLS’s growing talents.
Andres Perea was acquired by the Union in a trade with Orlando City on Tuesday, in exchange for $450,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money and $300,000 in 2024 GAM. Additionally, Orlando could receive an additional $100,000 in GAM and a percentage of Perea’s transfer fee if certain conditions are met.
Perea signed a new three-year contract with the Union, which will take him through the 2025 season. There is also a club option for 2026.
“We know Andrés both from our league as well as various international tournaments and were immediately impressed with his ability and tenacity,” said Tanner. “Andrés is a versatile player who can play multiple positions in our system. We believe he is ready to take the next step in his development and will challenge for a significant role as he learns our style of play and integrates into the team.”
Perea originally joined the Lions on loan from Colombian side Atletico Nacional for the 2020 season before joining on a permanent transfer ahead of their 2021 campaign. In his three seasons with Orlando, Perea made 74 appearances, registering three goals and three assists in that time.
He most recently helped the Lions lift their first trophy in club history in 2022 as Orlando City defeated Sacramento Republic in the U.S. Open Cup Final. Perea made his debut with the U.S. Men’s national team in 2021, but since has not been included in Gregg Berhalter’s squad.
The Union kick off their 2023 schedule in February with Concacaf Champions League involvement against El Salvadoran side Alianza.