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Philadelphia Union announced that five players have been released from the training camp roster.
The most notable name on the list of released players is Aaron Wheeler, who made 25 appearances with a goal and an assist for the Union. Wheeler began his Philadelphia Union career as a striker before John Hackworth shifted him into the back line last season. After Jim Curtin took over as head coach, Wheeler was restored to striker and made four appearance totally 37 minutes.
“We want to thank Aaron for his time with the club and we wish him the best as his continues his career,” said Union Technical Director Chris Albright in a press release Saturday morning.
The rest of the names on the cut list are SuperDraft second round pick Aaron Simmons, Petros Kanakoudis, Aodhan Quinn, and Navid Nasseri.
Simmons and Kanakoudis were both competing for minutes at left back, where Fabinho has been unconvincing behind Ray Gaddis. Simmons gave up a penalty against Jacksonville Armada in the Union’s first preseason match of 2015 while Kanakoudis failed to prove he could handle the physicality of the American game.
Kanakoudis and Nasseri were on trial and will return to their clubs overseas while Quinn, a 2014 2nd round pick who spent last season with Orlando City in USL, faces a more uncertain future.