Philadelphia Union Sign English Defender Joe Tait

Chester, Pa. (September 13, 2011) Philadelphia Union today announced the signing of English defender Joe Tait from USL Professional Division club Dayton Dutch Lions after the 21-year-old spent the past three weeks on trial with the team. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, the terms of the acquisition will not be disclosed. While on trial with the Union, Tait appeared in two MLS Reserve League matches, a 1-0 loss to the Columbus Crew and a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution in which Tait registered an assist. The Englishman also scored in a 5-3 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders in an exhibition match.

Tait turned pro in 2006 with English League One side Hartlepool United and later debuted for the first team in a 1-1 draw against Falkirk in 2007. Prior to his debut, the Middlesbrough native captained the youth team to the League Cup final in 2007. The defender then moved to lead the reserves to the Division One East title of the Central League, currently known as League.

Tait moved to the United States in 2010 when he signed with the Baton Rouge Capitals of the USL Premier Development League. During that season, the defender was named 2010 PDL Defender of the Year while leading his side to a third place finish.

Philadelphia Union forward Levi Houapeu has been placed in the Disable/Season Ending Injury List due to a left ankle strain.

Name: Joseph Tait Position: Defender Height: 6-1 Weight: 181 Born: 2.4.1990 Birthplace: Middlesbrough, England Citizenship: British Last Club: Dayton Dutch Lions (USL-Pro) Pronunciation: Joe TAte

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