The Philadelphia Union announced on Monday that they will part ways with Algerian goalkeeper Rais M’bolhi, terminating his contract by mutual consent, just months after signing him in the first place.
M’bolhi joined the Union in 2014 after some decent performances in Brazil during the World Cup with his native Algerian team. M’bolhi never truly found that rhythm again while with the Union however. He made just nine starts for the Union, only managing to seal one victory, which came in his debut with the team. M’bolhi’s record with the Union is 1-4-4 while facing 33 shots, making 17 saves, and conceding 13 goals.
M’bolhi’s lack of mobility to come off his back line, landed him a spot on the bench as his value plummeted. His fate was sealed once he was placed on the reserves as he would never suit in Union garb again.
The free transfer gives the Union an extra $350,000 in salary relief just as the regular season comes to a close. M’bolhi was the third highest paid goalkeeper in the MLS and an obvious misfit for Philadelphia.
The Union seem to be in good financial condition after M’bolhi’s release. They now have his $350,000 plus the additional $400,000 from the Carlos Valdes’s release earlier in the year. Furthermore, Forbes came out with a financial evaluation for the Union and have declared that the Union’s value has jumped $55M from $90M in 2012 to $145M in 2014. The only question that remains, is where the available money will be spent.
M’bolhi is now playing in the Turkish league as he has been confirmed to have agreed to a three-year deal with Antalyaspor.
The good news for Union fans: the nightmare is over and a new dawning could be on the horizon.
The Union look to take on the New England Revolution on Saturday and could look to start new goalkeeper, Andre Blake. Blake, who hails from Jamaica, played his first MLS game last week helping the Union get a shutout and a win after their three game winless streak. There is still no word on whether Blake will have the start again this week but if he does, it seems promising for Philadelphia.