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Former Real Madrid, Benfica and Blackburn players are among the trialists in camp with Philadelphia Union this week.
Joining them are former Villanova midfielder Mike Seamon, former Union midfielder Fred, and former U.S. youth international and Toronto FC attacker Fuad Ibrahim, according to a Union official.
Not all the players will join the Union in traveling to Florida when their preseason camp moves there in February, but some will likely make the trip.
Here is a quick rundown of the trialists.
- Brian Holt, goalkeeper
The 25-year-old former All-American played for Reading United in 2011. He spent the 2012 season with Harrisburg but couldn’t beat out incumbent Nick Noble. He played with FC Tucson in the PDL last year. He also trained with both the Portland Timbers and the Union in 2013. He is also the goalkeepers coach at the University of Omaha. Knock on him is he’s only 5-10, which is short for a goalkeeper, but then again, so is Nick Rimando.
- Mike Seamon, midfielder
The 25-year-old Villanova grad is a native of Rahway, N.J. He was drafted in 2010 by the Seattle Sounders, but he never broke into the lineup as a regular in three years with the club. He played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2013.
- Fred, midfielder
Fred, 34, played for the Union in 2010, scoring four goals. He was the Australian league’s player of the year in 2007. Fred has spent his career playing in his native Brazil, Australia and North America. He spent the last three years playing with Melbourne Heart in Australia.
Ramirez is a PA Classics and Union youth academy player from the Harrisburg area who has featured in Union reserve games in the past.
- Fuad “Ibee” Ibrahim, forward
Ibrahim, 22, spent last year playing in Finland’s second division. He is a former U.S. youth international who played for Hackworth as a teenager. Dallas drafted him in 2007 when he was just 15 years old and later traded him to Toronto, where he scored three goals in sporadic playing time. He has been capped 10 times for Ethiopia.
- Jose Barril, winger
The 21-year-old right-footed winger spent more than a decade in Real Madrid’s youth academy before moving to Ontinyent FC in Spain’s third division in September 2013.
- Josh Cohen, goalkeeper
Cohen was a two-time Division 2 All-American while playing for UC San Diego. He played for Brazilian club Gremio’s youth academy at age 15, living alone in Brazil for 3 months. He stands 6-1.
- Edinho Junior, forward
The 19-year-old Portugal youth international recently signed with Harrisburg, so he is unlikely to join the Union just yet. He was previously on the books at Blackburn and Portuguese side SC Olhanense, who he joined as a youth. While with Blackburn, he went on loan with a team in India, of all places, likely a casualty of the Indian chicken farmers who
ruined took over Blackburn.
- Clesio Bauque, forward
Bauque is 19-year-old Mozambican international who was on the books at Benfica last year. He previously played in Mozambique’s first division.
Check out PSP’s photo essay from Wednesday’s open training session to put names to faces.