Updated February 2: The Union have officially signed Fafa Picault. Sporting director Earnie Stewart said in the announcement that Picault "provides depth for us and brings a lot of excitement with his speed and ability to move up and down the pitch."

The deal is for one year with club options for two additional years.

Picault has earned one cap with the U.S. national team, in a May 2016 friendly against Puerto Rico. His father was briefly part of the old Major Indoor Soccer League's Philadelphia Fever during the 1980-81 season.

Here's the earlier story on Picault's release from his previous club that cleared the way for him to come to Philadelphia.


Union manager Jim Curtin hinted Monday that a deal for former U.S. national team attacking prospect Fabrice "Fafa" Picault was "in a good situation," and that something official could be coming soon.

It now looks as if that something official is coming fast.

Picault's current club, St. Pauli of the German second division, announced Tuesday that Picault's contract has been terminated, allowing him to move without a transfer fee. St. Pauli also confirmed that Picault is coming to the Union specifically.

(Andreas Rettig is St. Pauli's sporting director.)

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Staff writer Marc Narducci contributed to this report.