James McFadden urged to grasp MLS opportunity


BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press

Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin has challenged former Scotland star James McFadden to earn a switch to MLS.

The former Motherwell, Everton and Birmingham forward has joined the Eastern Conference outfit on trial this week as he attempts to kick-start his career in the U.S..

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McFadden, centre of picture, during training with Union this week (Pic: Twitter @KevinKCBS3)


The 32-year-old has been without a club since leaving St Johnstone in the close season, although he has kept in shape by training with the Steelmen.

Curtin is keen to bolster his squad after failing to reach the MLS playoffs and admits he is impressed by the “tremendous” pedigree of McFadden, who is seventh in the list of all-time international marksmen for Scotland with 15 goals.

And he is open to snapping the 48-times capped forward on a permanent deal if he impresses this week.

“We’re always looking to upgrade the roster,” explained the Union boss. “Obviously James comes from a tremendous pedigree. He has played at the highest level.

“At the moment he is returning to full fitness off of an injury, so we’ll have him in, take a look, and give him a few days to impress.