Atlanta United have officially announced their acquisition of midfielder Kevin Kratz from the Philadelphia Union for a 2020 fourth round SuperDraft pick.
In one of the weirder transactions in MLS history, the 29-year-old German finds his way to Atlanta after signing with the Union as a free agent in September, or so that’s the official stance of the league.
After the regular season ended, several Philadelphia journalists reported that the Union stated that Kratz would be returned to Atlanta from his loan. Soon after, an Atlanta United spokesperson confirmed that the club would acquire him via a trade from the Union.
While the circumstances around his acquisition are murky to say the least, the deal is finally official and Kratz is officially an Atlanta United player now.
A holding midfielder by trade, Kratz appears to be a squad player to help with depth if someone like Chris McCann should have to miss time.
Kratz has spent the entirety of his career in his native Germany bouncing between the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga with various clubs. He comes to MLS after appearing 22 times in two years for SV Sandhausen.
Welcome to Atlanta, Kevin!