The game in 200 words (or less): There is no one better in the Eastern Conference than the Philadelphia Union, at least that’s what the latest standings say. In front of their fans, it was the ideal scenario for Wayne Rooney and D.C. United to wiggle their way onto the first-place podium with the Union and Atlanta United, alike. Instead, it was Philadelphia bouncing back from last week’s 4-0 defeat to Montreal with a 5-1 shelling of D.C., powered by Marco Fabian’s brace. The Union’s record now stands at 42 points in 25 matches played.
Three moments that mattered
3′ — Bedoya sends a strong message after scoring — Union’s Alejandro Bedoya made sure to send a passionate message to Congress after he gave his team the early lead in the nation’s capital.
“Hey congress, do something,” he yelled into one of the field-level boom mics after scoring three minutes in. “End gun violence now.”
The message from the former USMNT midfielder came in the wake of the three mass shootings that happened this week in the United States.
52′ — Przybylko punishing United’s simple turnover — There’s nothing more head-scratching than a rudimentary turnover when you’re already down a player. Przybylko certainly made D.C. learn that the hard way.
70′ — Fabian records his first MLS brace — Four goals in his last five appearances: the Mexican is experiencing a good moment, to say the least.
Marco Fabian sent a missile toward goal, and perhaps it’s good the goalkeeper didn’t get to the hand-breaking shot.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead over Chicago on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania, thanks to the Mexican midfielder.
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It was a pretty set piece from Jim Curtin’s men, a backwards played free kick was laid off to Fabian for his audacious rip.
Fabian hasn’t had a wonderful 2019 season, but his fourth goal of the season will give Union supporters hope that he’ll pick up his form and make the already East-leading side all the more dangerous.
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.
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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.
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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).