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Mbolhi signs with Turkish side Antalyaspor

Photo: Courtesy of Antalyaspor

UPDATE: On Monday afternoon, the Union announced, “Philadelphia Union and MLS have mutually terminated the contract with goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi…Per club and league policy, additional details were not disclosed.”

Turkish side Antalyaspor has announced on its website and through its Twitter account the signing of Rais Mbolhi.

Philadelphia Union sources confirm the signing.

However, paperwork for the deal is still being processed at league headquarters in New York. An official announcement from the club will come when that is complete.

The deal completes a summer of transfers that included the signing of Tranquillo Barnetta and Warren Creavalle, the trade of Sheanon Williams and an international spot to Houston, and the termination of the team’s contract with Carlos Valdes.

Last week, Union head coach Jim Curtin confirmed Mbolhi was on trial with Bolton Wanderers in England. It is unclear how long that trial lasted.

Mbolhi had been linked to Antalyaspor in June, around the same time the Turkish side grabbed headlines with the signing of Samuel Eto’o.

CBS Philly’s Kevin Kinkead was the first to confirm Mbolhi’s departure on this side of the Atlantic.


  1. Feels good

  2. I wish him good luck

  3. Best move all summer

  4. I’ll believe it when the paperwork is processed!

  5. I think the Championship trial may have spurred Antalyaspor into finally sealing the deal. I think Turkey will be a more comfortable fit for the guy. Either way… SEEYA!

  6. J in Section 125 says:

    Don’t go away mad, just go away!

  7. In the words of Bugs Bunny: Bon Voy-a-gee

  8. Let’s move on. We have cleared the spaces needed. Let’s finish getting our house in order and focus on the USOC now.

  9. Good riddance never should’ve been signed in the first place. Looks like people cleaning up after Saks mess again, as Sak continues to throw them under the bus. Just wait till Saks starts BS about how this was a good business deal when they likely lost money on it. At least M’bohli is gone he couldn’t keep a beach ball out of the net let alone a soccer ball.

  10. This should be a good-sized hunk of cash which we can use to upgrade the squad. (Though, amazingly, not as big as the hunk of cash we would get back by declining to sign Vitoria.)

  11. I wish him all the best, as he was one of the best in the world Cup in Brazil. I am sure Mbolhi will go back to his best in Turkey definitely. Time will tell.

    • jlockerbie says:

      That’s so Philly! I mean you could do a whole article about guys with potential coming to philly bombing out and then finding their form again with the new team. Either way By,By Bolhi

  12. One of the best goalkeepers in the World Cup 2014. Good luck for him and the club

  13. In the frozen land of Nador, they were forced to eat Sir Robin’s minstrels.
    And there was much rejoicing.

  14. Huzzah.

  15. Here’s hoping Mr. Sakiewicz gives all credit to Jim Curtin and Chris Albright for changing the busted wheel without a lug wrench.

  16. Buh and BYE! Don’t let the door hit you in the ass. Can we send Sak too?

  17. So, do we still have a GK coach or did he leave too?

    • i’m pretty sure he’s still here; he did not join mbohli in his exile and has been with the team the whole season

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