The Union have called in a reinforcement.
With six games remaining in the season, the Union added firepower on Sunday in the form of 6-foot-4 striker Kacper Przybylko. The German-born but Polish-capped Przybylko is signed through 2018 with a team option for the 2019 season.
He was previously on trial with the club. It’s the team’s first addition under the reign of new Union sporting director Ernst Tanner, who took over for departed Earnie Stewart in early August.
“After having the opportunity to get an extended look at Kacper in training over the last few weeks, we are pleased to add him to our squad in advance of the MLS Roster Freeze,” said Union technical director Chris Albright in the team’s official release.
Przybylko, 25, joins a crowded Union forward corp that includes Cory Burke, C.J. Sapong and Jay Simpson. David Accam can also work in as a forward. But with Simpson expected to be let go at the end of 2018, Przybylko would fit in as much-needed depth.
“He’s a physical forward with a nose for goal, and we are encouraged with his progress in recovering from injury,” Albright said. “We believe he bolsters our depth and we are looking forward to working his fitness up as we enter the stretch run of our season.”
The striker comes to the Union from the German 1. Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga circuit. His latest club was FC Kaiserslautern, where he played 47 matches and scored nine goals. Throughout his career, he also had stints with Greuther Fürth, Arminia Bielefeld and FC Koln.
Though Przybylko isn’t in game form at the moment and isn’t expected to play any time soon, the Union could use him.
Saturday’s loss to the Montreal Impact kicked off two-week gauntlet in which they’ll face five teams (see story). The Union travel to CenturyLink Field to take on the red-hot Seattle Sounders on Wednesday before returning home to host Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. The club then travels to Houston to challenge the Dynamo in the U.S. Open Cup championship game, followed by a match against the Columbus Crew on the following Saturday.