A couple of weeks ago I heard a name and dropped a Twitter hint:
Heard a rumor about a possible Union striker target. Don't wanna reveal the name because I think that'll blow the source's cover, but the quality of the player was pretty good. $3.5 million market value and scored 10+ goals in each of the last two seasons.
— Kevin Kinkead (@Kevin_Kinkead) January 11, 2022
At the time, I wasn’t sure how serious the Union pursuit was, nor did I know if they had a legit shot of bringing him in, but lo’ and behold, news broke on Saturday afternoon that not only were they targeting this guy, but that the deal was pretty much done.
It’s Mikael Uhre, from Danish club Brondby:
Superligaens topscorer, Mikael Uhre, er snart fortid, da han er et lægetjek fra at blive solgt til Philadelphia Union. https://t.co/NBm37qcEWP
— Farzam Abolhosseini (@F_Abolhosseini) January 22, 2022
Uhre is the top scorer in the Danish soccer league. He’s bagged 11 goals in 16 games this year, and scored 13 in 22 appearances last season. He scored in the Europa League and Champion’s League qualifying as well and has appeared once for Denmark’s national team, which is a very good squad full of guys who play in the top Euro leagues.
He’s a late bloomer, Uhre. At 27 years old, he’s now playing his best soccer, following earlier career stints with SønderjyskE and Skive, which are smaller Danish clubs. Brondby is one of Denmark’s biggest clubs, and they regularly compete for the league title while qualifying for continental competitions. As a result, Uhre has gotten to play against teams like Salzburg, Lyon, Sparta Prague, and Rangers. In the domestic league, he faced off with Copenhagen, Midtjylland, and Aalborg BK, which are all decent mid-level European sides. The level he played at overseas is more than comparable to the competition he’ll face in MLS. He wasn’t battling Real Madrid over there, but he also wasn’t hammering minnow teams in small leagues.
Jonathan Tannenwald at the Inquirer was also on this story, and this is the latest from him:
Brøndby announced Saturday morning that it has “accepted an offer from a foreign club” for Uhre, but did not say which club.
“Mikael Uhre has also negotiated his personal terms in place,” the team’s statement said. “Brøndby IF has no further comments on the transfer before it is completed, which is expected to happen in the coming week.”
They just have to put the finishing touches on it, but this thing is at the finish line. There’s some conflicting info about fees out there, so we’ll try to get that straightened out, but this guy is really good. He’s got speed and scores goals, which were, well, two things the Union lacked during the magical run to the MLS Cup semifinals and Champion’s League semifinals. Yes, they traded Kacper Pryzbylko to make this happen, and Kacper was their leading goal scorer, but it’s hard to upgrade a good team. It’s easy to upgrade a crap team, and so you have to make tough decisions. Kacper got some security for several years from Chicago, and the Union got some money in return, so now they splash the cash to get a quality striker from Europe. They’ve needed somebody like this for some time now: