Union sign midfielder Cristian Maidana

Union sign midfielder Cristian Maidana
January 15, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Cristian Maidana (left) scored three goals in 25 appearances with Club de Futbol Atlante of Mexico's top league during the 2012-13 season. (AP)

The Union have a new midfielder.

The team announced on Wednesday that they have signed Argentine midfielder Cristian Maidana.

The 26-yar-old will fill a position of need for the Union at left wing -- something they lacked last season.

Maidana will occupy an International and Designated Player roster spot under MLS policy. He is the third Designated Player in franchise history, after Freddy Adu and Kleberson.

Maidana made five appearances and one start for Argentinos Junios, which plays in Argentina's top division, this season.

“I was able to see Cristian play several times and I came away extremely impressed with his technical skills, creativity and one-vs.-one ability,” Union coach John Hackworth said. “After having met him personally, I felt even more confident that he was the type of person and player who can benefit our club on and off the field. We are excited that Cristian is a member of the Union.”

The Union have started to explore Argentina as a market for signings since Ricardo Ansaldi was hired as their head scout last season.

Maidana also spent some time in Mexico's top league with Club de Futbol Atlante. He scored three goals in 25 appearances for Futbol Atlante during the 2012-13 season.