Ex-Scotland star James McFadden joins Philadelphia Union on trial

Union boss Jim Curtin confirmed on Tuesday that the former Everton and Birmingham City forward is looking to secure a deal with the MLS club.

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin has confirmed that former Everton and Birmingham City forward James McFadden is currently on trial with the MLS club.

Asked about the 32-year-old free agent following Tuesday’s training session, Curtin told CBS Philly: “Yeah, obviously he comes from a tremendous pedigree. He played at the highest level. At the moment, he’s returning to full fitness off of an injury so we’ll have him in, take a look and give him a few days to impress. We’re always looking to upgrade the roster.”

McFadden, who earned 48 Scotland caps between 2002 and 2010, spent last season at Scottish Premiership side St. Johnstone but managed just 10 starts due to injuries and suspension before being released in the summer.

The Glasgow-native has since been training with childhood club Motherwell but, with a permanent deal unlikely to materialise, he now looks to be trying to secure a stateside switch for the 2016 MLS season.

Nevertheless, whether the Union would be a good fit for the former Toffees favourite is up for debate.

Officially eliminated from play-off contention with Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Toronto FC, the club sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference ahead of their final two regular-season games and are in definite need of reinforcements in the winter.

However, they already have decent depth in the playmaking department and wide areas in Sebastian Le Toux, Cristian Maidana, Andrew Wenger, Zach Pfeffer and big-name summer signing Tranquillo Barnetta, suggesting that McFadden will have to make a big impression in order to earn a full-time move to PPL Park.

Compatriots Kris Boyd, Shaun Maloney and Barry Robson did not enjoy much success during their respective MLS spells either and, given the veteran attacker’s declining form over recent seasons, the expectations for him should not be much higher.

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