July 13, 2022 (CHESTER, Pa.) – Philadelphia Union announced today that the club has permanently acquired forward Julian Carranza from Inter Miami CF in exchange for $500,000 in General Allocation Money ($250,000 in 2023 and $250,000 in 2024) and a future transfer percentage.
“We brought Julian in because we believed his work rate and intelligence would be a strong fit for our aggressive style of play and we are very happy with how quickly he has adapted,” said Union Sporting Director, Ernst Tanner. “His goalscoring has been vital to the team’s success thus far and we expect him to maintain the high level he has shown as the season progresses.”
Carranza, 22, has made 16 appearances (15 starts) for the Union this season, leading the team with seven goals. He made his Union debut in the home opener against Minnesota United FC on February 26, 2022, playing 75 minutes as a starter. Carranza scored his first goal for the club against Charlotte FC on April 2, 2022, where the Union took all three points at home. Carranza was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week (Week 19) after earning his first hat trick in his career against D.C. United on July 8, 2022, making him the fifth player in club history to do so. He leads the team with 38 shots and has the third most assists for the club with four helpers.
The Union acquired Carranza on loan last December from Miami in exchange for a natural second round pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft presented by Adidas. The 22-year-old occupies a Young Designated Player spot with the Union and is guaranteed through 2023 with an option for 2024.
Prior to joining the Union, Carranza signed with Inter Miami CF in July 2019 from Club Atletico Banfield in the top Argentine league, Primera Division. He became one of the first two players ever signed by Miami. In his two seasons with Miami, he has scored three goals in 41 matches (11 starts). He recorded his first Major League Soccer brace in a 3-2 victory over Orlando City SC on August 22, 2020.
TRANSACTION: Philadelphia Union exercise purchase option on forward Julian Carranza on July 13, 2022, in exchange for $500,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) from Inter Miami CF.