Union sizing up Honduran Palacios

Chelsea’s Andre Schuerrle, right, takes the ball away from Stoke City’s Wilson Palacios during the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London in April 2014.

CHESTER >> One of the first transfer rumblings of the summer hit the Philadelphia Union Monday with the revelation that Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios is training with the club.

Manager Jim Curtin said Monday the club has been evaluating Palacios for a week and will make a decision in the next week. MLS’ transfer window opens July 8.

Palacios, who turns 31 in July, spent the last eight seasons in the English Premier League with four clubs. He’s wrapping up a disastrous four-year stint at Stoke City, marred by injuries and ineffectiveness that limited him to 53 appearances in all competitions, including 38 in the league. That’s a similar tale to what Maurice Edu experineced at the Midlands club.

Injuries derailed a move to Qatar last summer, and Stoke released Palacios in May.

Palacios, who cost Tottenham in the neighborhood of a $16 million transfer fee in 2009, has made 97 appearances for his country, representing Honduras at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. He’s sixth all-time in appearances for Honduras.

Injuries are a concern for Palacios, a physical player at a solidly built 5-11. He would fill a need for the Union, who are looking for midfield depth. They’ve leaned heavily upon 33-year-old Brian Carroll this season, while Edu has been forced into central defense, delivering consistently stellar performances that suggest he should remain there.

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