The Philadelphia Union have today announced that they have terminated the contract of Trinidadian midfielder Keon Daniel, by mutual consent.
The player signed for the Union in 2011, after starting his career in his home country of Trinidad and Tobago.
He played for United Petrotrin, and Caledonia AIA in Trinidad, before moving for a season to the Puerto Rico Islanders. It was from there that he moved on to the Union.
Despite making a significant contribution to the Union in his first three seasons, making 64 appearances and scoring two goals with four assists, the 27-year-old managed only one appearance this season.
His lack of playing time was mainly down to the fact that a number of midfielders were added to the squad for the upcoming season, including Maurice Edu, Cristian Maidana and Vincent Nogueira.
The decision is surely a beneficial one for the player given that he needs to be playing regularly at this stage of his career, as was highlighted by Union head coach John Hackworth.
Quoted on newsobserver.com, Hackworth said “we think this move is the best decision for both Keon’s career and our club. We wish him luck and thank him for his contributions to the Union.”
The player made his international debut in 2007, and has now made 59 appearances, scoring 14 goals.
He will now be anxious to find another side in the MLS that will be willing to take him on, though he may be hard pressed to find a team in the top half.
Additionally, Daniel will undoubtedly be aware of the need for regular playing time, given that lack of it was the reason for his departure from the Union.
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