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Monday, April 16, 2012


Think the Union don't know they're having a tough time scoring?

Monday, they announced the signing of yet another striker, the sixth on their roster, in an attempt to snap out of a goal-scoring malaise that has limited them to three tallies in five matches.

Enter Kai Herdling, a 27-year-old German midfielder/forward who's on loan with the Union until June 30, according to one report, with an option to stay on with the Union until the end of the calendar year.

Per Union and MLS policies, the terms of the agreement with Herdling will not be disclosed.

If nothing else, Herdling provides the Union with a temporary fill-in for Roger Torres, the crafty 20-year-old midfielder who will be out at least for another six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his balky left knee.

What the Union are hoping for is Herdling to take to MLS the way he had in Germany. With Hoffenheim II, the reserve team for Hoffenheim 1899, Herdling ranked second in the league with 14 assists. Last season, he tallied 19 goals in 30 appearances as Hoffenheim II's captain.

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