Alright, put aside the goalkeeper jokes for a minute. The Union's news on Monday was actually rather serious.
First, the team offiicaly announced the signing of John McCarthy as the third netminder on their depth chart. The move had been in the works for a while, as evidenced by McCarthy's 90-minute performance on Saturday in Bradenton.
"John is a player we know well as we've watched his development closely coming out of Philly and last season in USL Pro," Union technical director Chris Albright said in a statement issued by the team. "He'll continue to grow as he transitions into MLS and he gives us depth at an important position."
McCarthy probably takes over the mantle as the player with the most Philadelphia ties in Union history. He's a Philadelphia native who played for Lighthouse Boys, EPYSA's ODP program, FC Delco, North Catholic High School and La Salle University. He finally left town last year to sign with the USL's Rochester Rhinos, where he won not just the league's Rookie of the Year award, but also Goalkeeper of the Year as well.
"It's a dream come true to sign with my hometown team," McCarthy said.
You might have wondered why McCarthy played Saturday instead of Andre Blake. A few hours after news about McCarthy became official, so did news about Blake. The Jamaican has been battling an injury in his left nee, and had surgery Monday.
A Union press release officially described the prodecure as a "partial menisectomy," and said it was successful. Blake is expected to miss four to six weeks, which likely rules him out through most of March. That means McCarthy will back up Raïs M'bolhi to start the regular season, which begins on March 7 at PPL Park.
I've been told that the surgery was precautionary after the knee swelled up during the Union's first training stint in Clearwater earlier this month. After a few days of deliberation, Blake and the Union decided that surgery was the best option.
Speaking of Clearwater, of course, the Union are training right next door to the Phillies' home at Bright House Field. On Monday morning, the Phillies' web video crew brought Maurice Edu, Andrew Wenger, and Carlos Ruiz together to talk shop.
And yes, Carlos Ruiz namedropped the other Carlos Ruiz.