Keon Daniel returns to Philadelphia Union, Thomas Brandt and Brandon Zimmerman depart

The Union made a number of announcements Monday afternoon as they began their preseason training camp in Deltona, Fla., near Orlando.

Chief among the news items was the return to the club of Trinidadian midfielder Keon Daniel. He has not appeared for the Union since August 20 of last season. Daniel left the United States after that match to join up with the Trinidad & Tobago national team, and was not allowed back into the U.S. in part because of visa issues.

Also returning to the Union is forward Danny Mwanga, who spent the last 10 days training with English Premier League club Aston Villa. We already knew that he would be coming back at this point in the preseason.

Along with the two arrivals, the Union announced the departures of two supplemental draft picks who did not make the roster. Defender Thomas Brandt, a Penn product, and midfielder Brandon Zimmerman are no longer with the team.

The Union will play three preseason exhibition games while in Florida: against Florida Gulf Coast University on February 11th, the University of Central Florida on February 15th, and USL PRO club Orlando City on February 18th.