There was a flurry of reports in the afternoon about the Union's pursuit of Marek Mintal, the Slovakian striker currently playing at FC Nurnberg.
All of the reports I've seen have been in German, but with some help from readers and the magic of the Internet I've been able to figure a few things out.
The first report I saw noted that was Mintal visited the region with his wife from Saturday through today.
Mintal was reportedly offered a three-year contract, with an option for a fourth season. The story did not put a monetary value on the deal, but called it "lucrative," and said the 33-year-old will make a decision "Friday or Saturday."
That report includes the possibility that Mintal could turn down the Union and instead take over as a youth coach with FC Nuremberg. It also notes that Mintal has not scored a goal in the Bundesliga in 17 months. You can see from Mintal's profile on Soccernet that he hasn't played in many games either.
The second report I saw included a note that part of Mintal's visit here was to look at schools for his six-year-old son, Jacob. The writer mentions the SuperDraft and how it took the attention away from the club's work looking at foreign acquisitions. He concludes the story by noting that "for a 33-year old, there would rarely be a better deal."
The most recent report I've seen came out Tuesday aafternoon. It is just one line in a story about other FC Nurnberg matters, but it says that Mintal's "move to Major League side Philadelphia Union seems questionable."
If we can conclude anything from this, I think it's that we won't know anything this week about Mintal.
We may, however, start to hear about a new name: Colombian striker Jorge Perlaza. According to this report out of Colombia, Perlaza is en route to the Union along with already-reported-on defender Carlos Valdez.
Perlaza currently plays with Deportes Tolima. He scored 10 goals in the second half of the 2010 season, and five goals in the first half.
(Colombia's league, like many other South and Central American leagues, is split in two parts.)
There are two common threads linking Perlaza, Valdez and the Union. The first, obviously, is Diego Gutierrez. The Union's new head of scouting and player development is clearly using his contacts in Colombia to find players.
The second is New York-based agent Michael Wheeler. He tweeted confirmation of the Valdez deal during the SuperDraft after speaking directly with Valdez's current club, Santa Fe.
There were some loud rumors last week that there would be a major player introduction announcement in the next few days. Now those rumors have been confirmed.
Sons of Ben president Bryan James spilled the beans on Twitter tonight, announcing that the players will be introduced to fans at a public event on Thursday. It will take place at Fado, 1500 Locust Street, starting at noon.
To tide you over until then, here's a highlight video of a hat trick Perlaza scored last season in Colombia: