The Union signed FC Delco Council Rock Dynamo and Penn Charter product Chris Albright to help bolster its back line. Albright, a veteran of 13 MLS seasons, joins the Union after appearing in just eight games for the New York Red Bulls last season.
Union Sign Philly Native, "Scrambled Eggs" Randall Cunningham Fan, Chris Albright
February 13, 2012, 6:25 pm
A lot of Union fans have clamored for the club to sign a native Philadelphian (other than homegrown youngsters Zach Pfeffer and Jimmy McLaughlin). Going back a few years most fans assumed that local player would be Bobby Convey. Instead, Albright is the first local, veteran player to sign.
In case you were wondering, Albright is a real deal Philadelphian. Want proof? Watch and listen to the video above.
The video, shot in 2006, features Albright and FC Delco alum Ben Olsen, who is now the head coach of D.C. United, discussing Randall Cunningham. Albright flexes his Eagles knowledge and drops a reference to Randall's 91-yard punt against the Giants at the Meadowlands.
Actual, you know, analysis of the acquisition after the Jump...
So, what, other than impressive Eagles knowledge, does Albright bring to the Union. He's a veteran who has been through the MLS wars. He's a three-time All-Star and former MLS Best XI player.
Yes, he's struggled with injury recently, but he'll provide some much-needed experience to an extremely young club. How young is this team? Including Albright, only four of the 24 players on the roster are older than 27 years old - and one of the Thirtysomething's (Lionard Pajoy), has never played in MLS before.
Also, with starting right back Sheanon Williams likely to miss significant time over the summer representing the US in the Olympics (assuming the US qualifies, which they should), the Union needed depth beyond 2012 second round pick Raymon Gaddis.
Speaking of the Olympics, Albright represented the US at the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia. He was also a member of the 2006 US World Cup team. Albright, along with Olsen and Convey, is one of the most accomplished and decorated players to emerge from the Delaware Valley.
Rev's Chris Albright-related Peter King-esque Note That May Only Interest Me: Friend and Level reader Chris Glowacki, a former Penn Charter and Ursinus wide receiver, checked in with me and advised that Albright did not even play soccer his senior year at Penn Charter. He instead played wide receiver, where he started ahead of Glowacki (no hard feelings) for the football team. Despite not playing soccer his senior year of high school Albright went on to play at college powerhouse Virginia, where he became an All-American.