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The Philadelphia Union announced today that it has declined to take up the options on the contracts of Gabriel Gomez, Porfirio Lopez and Krystian Witkowski.
The move frees up two international spots and $439,000 in base salary ($463,790 in guaranteed compensation).
Gomez was acquired from Mexican Second Division side Indios de Cuidad Juarez on Dec. 21, 2011. The Panamanian International scored six goals over 18 starts and 24 appearances but saw his starts and playing time decline by the end of the season.
Porfirio Lopez, acquired from Chinese side Dalian Haichang on Dec. 22, 2011, started the first four games of the 2012 season. After being subbed out at the start of the second half in his first start, his only other first team appearance was 12 minutes as a sub in the 1-1 draw with Dallas on May 19.
Krystian Witkowski, acquired in the Supplemental Draft from Marist College, suffered a concussion in March and never saw first team action.
All three players are eligible for today’s Waiver Draft, which will take place at 3:30pm. The Union is fifth in the selection order of teams.
The Waiver Draft is for players who are not eligible for the Re-Entry Draft and includes players from all team’s except for MLS Cup finalists LA and Houston. A second Waiver Draft will be held held for players released by those teams after the MLS Cup on Dec. 1.
Earlier on Monday, the Union announced that Freddy Adu, Michael Farfan and Amobi Okugo were leaving for overseas training stints. Adu will spend two weeks with Galatasaray while Farfan and Okugo will join Bundesliga-side SC Freiburg.