Philadelphia Union acquire Algerian goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi

The Algerian heads to Philadelphia, joining a deep stable of goalkeepers at PPL Park.

The Philadelphia Union announced they have acquired Algerian international goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi from Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia.

Mbolhi, 28, is coming off a strong World Cup performance where he helped lead the Desert Foxes to the round of 16 for the first time in their history. He was also the team’s starter in the 2010 World Cup, where he allowed Landon Donovan’s famous goal in group play.

Mbolhi is well traveled, having played in France, Greece, Japan and Russia in addition to his time in Bulgaria.

The addition creates a logjam at goalkeeper in Philadelphia. Zac MacMath is the team’s starter, and the 22-year-old has shown plenty of potential since being selected fifth overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

The Union also have a goalkeeper drafted even higher than MacMath: Andre Blake, whom the team selected with the first overall pick in the 2014 SuperDraft. Blake has yet to see the field in a league match this season.

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