Philadelphia Union have signed French midfielder Vincent Nogueira formerly of Football Club Sochaux-Montbéliard of Ligue 1, the club announced today. He will join the team pending reception of his U.S. P-1 Visa, International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and will occupy an international roster spot under MLS policy. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We’re very happy to have finalized the deal with Vincent and are looking forward to him joining his teammates in Florida for preseason,” team manager John Hackworth said. “As a player who has captained a club like Sochaux for several years, we think he brings a lot of quality to our club individually and can be an important piece for our club going forward.”
Nogueira joined the Ligue 1 team in France for the 2007/2008 seasons and has remained a mainstay on the club’s roster. The 26 year old, who was Sochaux’ longest-tenured player, scored a equalizing goal last week in stoppage time against Ajaccio to record a 1-1 draw. Overall, the team’s captain has notched 6 goals in Ligue 1 from the midfield position. Throughout his time at the club, the Frenchman helped lead his squad to capture the Coupe Gambardella and Coupe de France in 2007, while also finishing second in the Coupe Gambardella in 2010.
Nogueira will join the Union in Florida when the club begins its next phase of the 2014 preseason.
Name: Vincent Nogueira
Hometown: Bensaçon, France