Philadelphia Signs Veteran Keeper Oka Nikolov

Philadelphia Signs Veteran Keeper Oka Nikolov

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 19, 2013
  • Oka Nikolov

The days of Zach MacMath in between the pipes for the Philadelphia Union look to be coming to an end.

Wednesday the Union announced the signing of veteran goalkeeper Oka Nikolov, who most recently played for Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. The 39-year old Macedonian has spent the last 20 years with the club and earned 414 total appearances, including 229 in the Bundesliga. Most recently, the German-born goalkeeper started the final eight games of Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2012/2013 season, helping earn the club a spot in the playoff round of the 2013/2014 UEFA Europa League.

“We’re excited to have a player with Nikolov’s experience and leadership join our team,” said Union manager John Hackworth. “We think he will provide excellent depth and mentorship to our young goalkeepers.”

It looks very interesting to see this go through for the Union. They had been reportedly in talks with Toronto FC to trade for Stefan Frei. That deal got killed as the Union and Toronto couldn’t get things worked out.