Cameroon defender Olivier Mbaizo has requested a move to the Philadelphia Union after his family was denied a visa again, sources said. The Athletic.
Mbaizo’s wife and son have been repeatedly denied visas. They currently live in Cameroon. Mbaiso has now formally submitted a transfer request, hoping to move to a place where his family can join.
Union understands Mbaiso’s situation and is ready to work with him to find a solution, but wants to remain in the starting lineup until the end of the season.
The 25-year-old has made 100 first-team appearances for Union and originally joined the club’s second team in 2018 from Cameroon’s Rainbow FC. He has appeared in 17 of 21 MLS games this season. He has 12 caps for the Cameroon national team.
Philadelphia sits sixth in the crowded Eastern Conference, just four points behind second-placed Nashville SC, who face them Wednesday.
The Union announced Tuesday that two-time MLS Coach of the Year Jim Curtin has signed a contract extension through 2026.
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