Philadelphia Union Sign Former La Liga Striker Veljko Paunovic

Phil Andrews@philandrewsWMCNCorrespondent IJune 14, 2011

Philadelphia Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz proved once again why he is one of the best front office men in Major League Soccer (MLS).

Not content with his clubs first place standing atop the leagues Eastern Conference table, Sakiewicz today signed Serbian striker/attacking midfielder Veljko Paunovic.

Paunovic, who last played for Partizan FK of the Serbian Super Liga, spent a majority of his professional career playing for seven different clubs in Spain’s La Liga where he scored 70 goals in 297 matches.

Not quite sure what the 32 year old still has in his tank, but his experience and leadership can’t hurt, especially for a team in search of more goal scoring.  Let’s face it, a few more goals here and there this season and Philadelphia could have a comfortable lead over NY Red Bull atop the conference Table. So far this season, the Union has scored just one goal in seven games and been on the losing end of a clean sheet three times.

Defensively Philadelphia has been solid, allowing a conference low 11 goals, second only to Real Salt Lake who leads the league with only seven goals allowed.

It will be interesting to see where Union Coach Peter Nowak plays Paunovic; Forward or attacking mid-fielder?  Either way, Veljko  who has been on trial with the Union reserve, will be eligible to play for the Union when the club visits Vancouver June 18.

Player Info:

Name: Veljko Paunovic

Position: Forward

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 165

Born: August 21, 1977

Birthplace: Strumica, Macedonia

Citizenship: Serbian/Spanish

Last Club: Partizan FK – Serbia

Pronunciation: VEL-ko paoo-NO-vic


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