Philadelphia Union announced this week that midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta will be returning to FC St. Gallen at the end of the MLS (Major League Soccer) regular season. Barnetta started his professional career with Gallen. The Swiss midfielder appeared in 37 matches for the Union since signing back in July of 2015.
Barnetta said in a statement, “The entire soccer community here was so welcoming, and I’m so thankful for everyone at Philadelphia Union for making me feel so appreciated. Playing in front of my friends and family and making plans for life at the end of my career where I want to live is a force I can’t resist.”
During his time with the Union, Barnetta has recorded six goals and seven assists. In addition to this, he had much experience in the German Bundesliga. He made 260 league appearances in his career for Schalke 04 from 2012-2015. While there, he recorded 60 total appearances, notching only three goals. Barnetta also made 75 for the Switzerland National Team. The most recent on October 14, 2014, in a European Cup qualifier against San Morino. He’s been featured on each of Switzerland’s last three FIFA World Cup teams, playing key roles in 2006, and 2010.
Barnetta usually plays the left wing position, but can be more central to play the attacking midfield position. Barnetta is known for his “extreme pace, mobility, and creativity.
The Philadelphia Union will travel to Harrison, New Jersey to take on the New York Red Bulls during the MLS (Major League Soccer) regular season this weekend. The Union currently sit in fourth place with 42 points in the Eastern Conference.