The Philadelphia Union have officially announced the signing of Mexican international Marco Fabian on a free transfer after the cancellation of his contract at Eintracht Frankfurt.
While the transfer fee was nonexistent, club sporting director Ernst Tanner confirmed that Fabian’s contract will make him the highest paid player in the club’s history, signed as a designated player. Tanner would not confirm the salary amount, saying that the player’s union will release that information closer to the beginning of the season.
Reports say Fabian’s contract will be a one-year deal with two one-year club options for the next two seasons, for a total of three seasons covered. Also reported is a five-percent sell-on fee owned by Frankfurt for any future sale by Philadelphia.
The 29-year-old has 42 caps for Mexico to his name, scoring nine goals and assisting seven others. He spent three years with Frankfurt, joining in the winter of 2016 from Mexican club Chivas. Fabian made 50 appearances for the Bundesliga side, scoring scoring eight goals, but his time was punctuated by poor injury luck, missing significant time with knee problems and back problems that plagued his last two seasons.
“We have been targeting Marco as a creative midfielder and we are extremely happy to complete this deal to bring him to Philadelphia,” Tanner said. “Marco is a high caliber number 10, a true professional, and we believe he is a good fit for our system. He has played the game at the highest levels, whether in the German Bundesliga or of course with the Mexican National Team at multiple FIFA World Cups and the Olympic Games.”
According to Goal.com, Fabian was close to a move to Turkish club Fenerbahce, but the deal fell through after the club changed its terms at the last minute.
Fabian becomes the second designated player on Philadelphia’s roster, alongside Alejandro Bedoya, leaving them with one more spot under the current rules.
Longtime Chivas Guadalajara and Mexico attacking midfielder Marco Fabian is returning to North America, according to ESPN broadcaster Taylor Twellman.
[ MORE: Everton’s Silva not worried ]
Fabian, 29, is close to agreeing to a deal to join the Philadelphia Union after three-and-a-half seasons with Eintracht Frankfurt.
A regular under Niko Kovac, Fabian has made just two appearances under new Eintracht coach Adi Hutter.
Fabian missed most of last season with injury, but registered seven goals and four assists during the 2017-18 Bundesliga season.
Should he link up with Philly, he’ll be tasked with helping to fill the void caused by the departure of Borek Dockal.
Fabian has 42 caps for Mexico.
As salaries rise in Major League Soccer, it’s no surprise that more CONCACAF players grow more interested in playing closer to home.
The latest player linked with an MLS move, via his own words, is Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Marco Fabian.
[ MORE: How will Spurs, Chelsea line up? ]
Fabian, 29, has only played twice this season due to injuries and, of course, selection, but has eight goals and seven assists in 50 appearances for the Bundesliga side since leaving Mexico for Germany in 2016.
The 42-times capped Mexican international can play left and right mid but is more regularly used as a playmaking center mid. He played 25 minutes at the World Cup and has since captained El Tri in one of his two post-tournament friendly appearances.
It should be noted that Fabian is also interested in another European stop and isn’t simply angling for a return to the North America. But he has spent the majority of his career in the hemisphere and players of his ilk have taken decent European careers and turned them into MLS star shows on a regular basis in recent seasons (Victor Vazquez and Carlos Vela fit this bill, though Vela had some downright phenomenal seasons in La Liga several years before heading to MLS).
Mexico’s lone goal against Germany gave us shades of Danny Williams.
Like the USMNT midfielder in a blowout loss to Brazil, Mexico’s Marco Fabian gave us an absolute stunner that ultimately meant little in El Tri’s 4-1 loss to Germany in Thursday’s Confederations Cup semifinal in Sochi.
[ MORE: Latest 2017 Confed Cup news ]
Trickery was perhaps the only way Mexico was getting past German backstop Marc-Andre Ter Stegen on Thursday, a quick restart from El Tri followed by Fabian’s knuckling rip.
The goal briefly made it 3-1, though Germany came back moments later to restore its three-goal margin and insure a trip to Sunday’s final against Chile.
A wild Bundesliga weekend set the stage for top-half upheaval next week, as Bayern Munich dropped points to leave three teams within three points of the top in Germany.
[ MORE: Hope Solo… to Sweden?!? ]
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich tossed away two leads, the second with Eintracht Frankfurt condemned to 10 men, as Szabolcs Huszti and Mexico’s Marco Fabian scored equalizers. Arjen Robben and Joshua Kimmich scored for the visitors.
USMNT back Timmy Chandler led Eintracht with 58 touches and five crosses, including this pass that Fabian chested home.
Koln 2-1 Ingolstadt
Anthony Modeste scored a pair of first-half goals, the second from the penalty spot, as the hosts moved to within two points of Bayern. USMNT mid Alfredo Morales played 15 minutes off the bench for Ingolstadt.
Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Hamburg
Cleber took a 25th minute red card for Hamburg, but the hosts missed a pair of penalties through Andre Hahn and Lars Stindl. USMNT striker Bobby Wood played 16 minutes off the bench for Hamburg.
Augsburg 1-1 Schalke
Nabil Bentaleb and Daniel Baier trade goals at Augsburg Arena.
Hoffenheim 2-1 Freiburg
The hosts are unbeaten in seven after Sandro Wagner and Andrej Kramaric netted, the latter just four minutes after Florian Niederlechner found an equalizer at Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
Werder Bremen 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Goals from Zlatko Junuzovic and Ousman Manneh scored for the hosts, with Hakan Calhanoglu netting for Bayer.
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Hertha Berlin — Friday
Mainz vs. Darmstadt — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Wolfsburg vs. RB Leipzig — 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday