Signing of Mikael Uhre shows that Union mean business


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Mikael Uhre, who earned his first cap for Denmark last year, led the Danish Superliga in scoring in the 2020-21 season and should bag many more in Union colors.

Kacper Przybylko was the answer until he wasn’t. 

The Polish striker was signed as a free agent by the Union following his release from Kaiserslautern and immediately hit the ground running, scoring 15 goals in the 2019 season. He then scored 8 in 2020 and 13 in 2021. 

Przybylko has been a fine servant for the club, that’s for sure. But he’s never been THE guy. The striker you want to carry your offense and the kind of player that you just know will score every time he gets a chance to. 

The Union now have THE guy. 

Przybylko was traded to Chicago for $1.15 million of allocation money (basically budget money), and in response the Union and general manager Ernst Tanner pulled off a coup of a transfer, bucking his normal trend by spending top dollar (namely $2.8 million) for Danish striker Mikael Uhre from Brondby. 

Uhre, 27, just finished as the Danish Superliga’s top scorer with 21 goals in 34 games for a Brondby team that won the league for the first time since 2005. He was also named as the Superliga’s player of the year and chipped in with six assists, showing that he can be more than a finisher. This season Uhre has continued his fine form for Brondby, scoring 11 goals in 16 Superliga games while bagging twice in the club’s European campaign. 

 Uhre’s had a rapid rise over the past two seasons, going from one of the Danish second division’s best forwards with Skive IK in 2015-16 to a decent Superliga striker with Sonderjyske to a star with Brondby, and this rapid improvement earned him his first callup to the Danish national team in November 2021, debuting as a substitute in a 2-0 loss to Scotland.

This signing makes the Union, on paper at least, the best they’ve ever been. It’s a real signal of intent that they’re finally throwing around cash for players who can vastly improve the squad like Uhre. This could be the season that the Union go one step further and make the MLS Cup final, and Uhre could be the man to fire them to it.