The Philadelphia Union announced today the club has acquired 25-year-old Dutch midfielder Roland Alberg from ADO Den Haag, using Targeted Allocation Money, on a two-year deal.Upon receipt of a P-1 Visa and international transfer certificate (ITC), Alberg will officially be added to the roster and occupy an international spot.
“Roland has the versatility and ability to play multiple positions at a high level of class,” Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart said. “He’s a player we immediately identified as a perfect fit for our club as he’ll add additional quality to our midfield.”
Alberg joins the Union from ADO Den Haag of the Dutch Eredivisie, the top division in the Netherlands. He’s played there since the 2013-14 season, where he’s appeared in 71 games, made 60 starts and scored 16 goals with 13 assists. Last season was arguably the best for the young 25-year-old midfielder, where he scored eight goals and added nine assists. He had seven goals and three assists in his debut season with the club during 2013-14.
So far during 2015-16, Alberg has played in 13 games and added a goal and an assist. Prior to Den Haag, Alberg joined the professional ranks by signing with SBV Excelsior where he played from 2011-13. He started his career playing in the AZ Alkmaar academy.
The Philadelphia Union open the season March 6 at FC Dallas with kick-off scheduled for 3 p.m. The team will host New England Revolution two weeks later for the home opener at Talen Energy Stadium with kick scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Single game and group tickets are available now by visiting philadelphiaunion.com/tickets or calling 1-877-21-UNION.
Position: Attacking midfielder
Jersey number: 6
Date of Birth: Aug. 6, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth: Hoorn, Netherlands
Last club: ADO Den Haag
Transaction: Joined the Philadelphia Union as a Discovery Signing via transfer from ADO Den Haag using Targeted Allocation Money on Feb. 6, 2016.