25-year-old defender joins Philadelphia from Scottish club Kilmarnock F.C.
CHESTER, Pa. – Philadelphia Union announced during the offseason that they have signed center back Stuart Findlay from Kilmarnock F.C. to a two-year contract with a club option for a third year in exchange for an undisclosed transfer fee. The 25-year-old will be added to the Union’s active roster following receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 Visa and will occupy an international roster slot. Coming off of their 2020 Supporters’ Shield victory, the center back is the team’s first off-season acquisition as the club looks towards a successful 2021 campaign.
“We’re excited to welcome Stuart to the Philadelphia Union. Being able to add a left-footed player to one of the best defenses in MLS, especially one capable of a fast-paced style of play, makes Stuart a valuable asset to our defense and club,” said Ernst Tanner, Philadelphia Union Sporting Director. “We look forward to welcoming him to the team for an exciting 2021 season.”
Findlay comes to Philadelphia from Scottish Premiership’s Kilmarnock where he has scored 11 goals and had three assists across 144 total appearances.
Previously, Findlay came up through the Celtic F.C. youth system, playing for their academy from 2009-2015 and captaining the U17 team, before turning pro with the Glasgow based club. In the years following, he spent time on loan between Kilmarnock and England’s Newcastle United, before finally settling with the first-tier Premiership giants where he has remained since 2018.
Internationally, Findlay has made multiple appearances for Scotland’s youth national teams, making 33 appearances from U16-U21. On October 13, 2019, he earned his first cap for Scotland’s senior team where he started the match against San Marino in an UEFA Euro qualifying match, recording a goal and an assist in a 6-0 victory.
TRANSACTION: Philadelphia Union sign center back Stuart Findlay on February 25, 2021. He will be added to the active roster following receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 Visa.
Name: Stuart Findlay
Position: Center Back
Born: Sept. 14, 1995
Hometown: Rutherglen, Scotland
Acquired: Philadelphia Union sign center back Stuart Findlay on February 25, 2021.
Previous Experience: Kilmarnock F.C. (2018-2021); Kilmarnock, Newcastle, and Celtic (2015-2018); Celtic F.C. (2009-2015)
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