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Anderson Joins Philadelphia Union on Loan for 2016 Season


Stone Sports Management LLC (Columbus, Ohio) - January 13, 2016

Stone Sports Management LLC ("SSM") is pleased to announce Major League Soccer/Philadelphia Union's loan acquisition of Anderson Conceição Benedito from Brazilian Club Tombense for the 2016 Season.  The left footed central defender most recently played for America-MG and led his second club to Serie A promotion after doing so with Joinville in 2014. The back to back promotions caught the eye of Philadelphia Union Sports Director Earnie Stewart.

"Anderson's natural athletic ability and winning pedigree was really something we zeroed in on during our offseason assessment," said Earnie Stewart. He is the type of defender who really addresses some of our technical needs and we believe we are getting someone who is committed to helping build the next chapter of our club."

The 26-year old comes with European experience having transferred to Mallorca in Spain's La Liga during the 2012/2013 winter break after a breakout season in Serie A with Figueirense.  The club was subsequently relegated and could not afford his buy option so he returned to Brazilian football and amassed 43 games during the 2015 season throughtout all competitions.

"This is a significant signing for the Philadelphia Union," remarked SSM's President and Players' Agent Justin B. Stone. "The Union welcomed Anderson to Philadelphia, and he was immediately impressed with the club's facilities and vision with new Sports Director Earnie Stewart and satisfies their long-term need as a left footed central defender."

The transaction was several months in the making once SSM learned of Anderson's availability the previous year.  After monotoring him throughout the 2015 season, it was the ideal time for him to move to MLS during the off-season. After learning of the Union's need for a left footed central defender, the Union invited Anderson to Philadelphia where Justin B. Stone joined him to see the facilities, explore the city and to meet with Union staff. Negotiations over the next weeks and holidays were concluded in January.

"I would like to thank Tombense, Alex Uram, Rodrigo Benchimol for their hard work in making this transaction possible along with Earnie Stewart, Technical Director Chris Albright and Head Coach Jim Curtin for their professionlism and welcoming of Anderson to Philadelphia," says Justin B. Stone.  "We are all hopeful that he will acclimate well to Major League Soccer and have a long-term stay with the Union. Entering his prime, I am confident he will do so."


Click HERE to see the Philadelphia Union's schedule and Anderson's highlights and interview below!  


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