It's Official: Danny Califf Joins Philadelphia Union

Phil AndrewsCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2010

Back on Nov. 29, the Philadelphia Union acquired the league rights to U.S. Men’s National Team member Danny Califf, in a trade with the Houston Dynamo for allocation money.


Today the club officially signed the 29-year-old central defender, who last played with FC Midtjylland of the Danish Superliga.


Califf’s signing simply adds solidity to what is shaping up to be a strong back line not to mention a talented team up the middle.


Califf adds leadership and international experience to Philadelphia, having earned 23 caps with the USMNT. In 2009, he captained the side’s 3-2 win over Sweden and helped them to a first-place finish in the CONCACAF region and a trip to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.


“There will be competition for every spot on the pitch,” suggested Philadelphia team manager Peter Nowak. “But with a seasoned veteran like Danny Califf, we’re adding a player who will help us set the bar ever higher. Danny understands the level of commitment our Technical Staff will demand daily, and we’re counting on him to not only help anchor our defense but push our younger players to greater heights too.”


“We feel very fortunate that we were able to capitalize on this opportunity to bring in a player of Danny’s caliber and experience,” stated Philadelphia Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz. “Peter Nowak and John Hackworth have both worked with Danny over the years and have great respect for his work ethic. Danny is an excellent addition to our growing player roster.”

Philadelphia Union’s first-ever First Kick will take place March 25, 2010 against FC Sounders at Seattle’s Qwest Field. The club’s home opener will be April 10, 2010 against D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field.

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