The Union have signed a veteran goalkeeper to help back their young starter.
Oka Nikolov, 39, will report to the Union pending reception of his U.S. P-1 Visa, International Transfer Certificate and a medical examination. If all goes well, Nikolov will become the third goalkeeper on the Union’s depth chart. Zac MacMath, 21, has started all 15 of the team’s games this season but has shown inconsistency.
“We’re excited to have a player with Nikolov’s experience and leadership join our team,” manager John Hackworth said in a statement released by the team. “We think he will provide excellent depth and mentorship to our young goalkeepers.”
The German-born Nikolov has spent nearly the last 20 years with Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. Having signed with the club in 1994, Nikolov logged 414 total appearances, including 229 in the Bundesliga. He started the final eight games for Eintracht Frankfurt in 2012-2013, helping earn the club a spot in the play-off round of the 2013-2014 UEFA Europa League.
Possessing dual citizenship in Macedonia and Germany, Nikolov appeared for Macedonia’s National Team five times throughout his career.
The Union also have 28-year-old Chris Konopka on the roster, though he has yet to appear in a game despite MacMath's up-and-down season.