The Philadelphia Union have signed Mexico international midfielder Marco Fabian from Eintracht Frankfurt, both clubs confirmed on Friday. The El Tri attacking midfielder joins MLS after spending parts of four seasons in the Bundesliga.
🚨Philadelphia Union officially acquire @miseleccionmxEN Attacking Midfielder @MarcoFabian_10.— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) February 8, 2019
Philly, say hello to your new No. 10 👉 https://t.co/OC84FIiSMw#MarcoPHabian | #DOOP | #ThisIsPhilly pic.twitter.com/R7RtRJAtgM
The 29-year-old has appeared in two World Cups with El Tri (2014 and 2018) and was also part of Mexico's gold medal-winning side at the 2012 London Olympics. He has 42 caps thus far for Mexico.
Fabian started his career in Liga MX with Chivas Guadalajara and Cruz Azul, before joining Frankfurt in December, 2015. He made 45 Bundesliga appearances for Eintracht, scoring eight goals and adding six assists. He had struggled to get on the field this season, however, making just one league appearance in 2018.
Fabian joins a Philadelphia side that finished sixth in the Eastern Conference last season and was eliminated in the opening round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
In a statement on the club website, Fabian wrote, in part, "I have always liked challenges and today I walk towards another. MLS is a league that has not only developed well in the past years, but the teams of this league have made the sport just as professional as the NFL, MLB or NBA. ...
"I know there is a lot expected of me and I can assure you that for my part I offer friendship, discipline, effort, dedication and the belief that we will walk together in our fight for the first championship for this club in this incredible city."