THE UNION is set to make what the club has deemed a "major announcement" in a noon news conference today at PPL Park.

Both Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz and interim manager Jim Curtin are slated to attend, which suggests the announcement regards a roster move.

Recent reports have pegged the Union as showing interest in Algerian World Cup goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, spotted earlier this month in a PPL Park box watching a game with Sakiewicz. M'Bolhi, 28, spent last season with Bulgarian club CKSA Sofia and has played in the last two World Cups. In the recently concluded World Cup in Brazil, he earned "Man of the Match" honors in Algeria's 2-1 loss to Germany in the Round of 16.

On the surface, adding M'Bolhi would appear a somewhat odd move, considering starting Philadelphia keeper Zac MacMath is in the midst of a career year and the team used the top overall pick in January's SuperDraft on Andre Blake. If M'Bolhi is brought on board, it's quite possible the Union would look to deal one of its current keepers.

Following a bye week from MLS play, the Union (5-8-8) is in the midst of training ahead of Friday night's road match against first-place Sporting Kansas City (11-5-5).

- Jake Kaplan