I want to thank the Philadelphia Union ownership group, Earnie, Jim and their team for putting their faith in me and bringing me here. It means a lot to me and I will repay them through hard work on the pitch.
I’m aware of the culture here - including the academy education and development philosophy - which is close to my heart. The stadium atmosphere is great, and training facility and staff set up is fantastic. I have wanted to play somewhere with identity and culture for a long time, and I really have that here and I already understand what it means to be part of the family - the welcome from the Sons of Ben at the airport was amazing - and everyone working at the club has been great.
I want to say thanks to the fans of Chicago Fire and to individually thank Pauno for pushing me everyday to be a better player - I will always be grateful for that. Thanks also to the players and staff during my time in Chicago for their friendship and support.
But now I am looking forward to putting everything into helping the Philadelphia Union - I signed a long term contract with MLS last summer to take me to the end of 2020, I am fully fit and healthy now after injuries towards the end of last season, and I will drive myself to be a better player and improve the team.
I am really excited to be fully focused on the Philadelphia Union and cannot wait to get started.