Philadelphia Union press clips: July 30th
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(Marc Narducci, Philly.com)
The Union signed Algeria World Cup goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, who will be the starter once he is ready, the team announced on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old M'Bolhi helped Algeria reach the second round of the World Cup for the first time before being eliminated 2-1 by eventual champion Germany in extra time. In that game he made 11 saves.
"I am really happy to be here today, it's a big day," M'Bolhi said during a news conference at PPL Park. "I am really proud to be part of the Union today."
Union interim manager Jim Curtin said that M'Bolhi won't be making the trip for Friday's Major League Soccer game at Sporting Kansas City and that Zac MacMath will be the starter against the defending league champions.
Andre Blake, the No. 1 overall selection in this past MLS SuperDraft, will serve as the backup.
"We will have dialogue behind the scenes with myself and Rais but when he is ready to go he is our starter," Curtin said.
M'Bolhi's debut could be Aug. 9 at PPL Park against Montreal. There is a good chance that MacMath or Blake could be moved since it wouldn't be ideal to have all three on the roster.
A citizen of both France and Algeria, M'Bolhi has played for Algeria in the past two World Cups.
M'Bolhi comes to the Union from CSKA Sofia, one of the top teams in the Bulgarian A Football Group.
Additionally, the Union have also waived goalkeeper Brian Holt.