Philadelphia Union striker Sergio Santos will miss Sunday's game against New York City FC as he continues to wait for his green card. Union boss Jim Curtin provided an update on the situation ahead of Sunday's top-of-the-table clash.
Santos, who missed the draw with FC Cincinnati, has been waiting for his green card since before that game. It is a situation that has left Curtin frustrated as the process continues to drag on.
"It's a really frustrating one. Initially, when we let him go, we thought it'd be a one-week process, and we're at week four now, and he's still not in the country."
The situation has left the Union light in attack, leading to the signing of Chris Donovan last week.
Santos' absence has left the Philadelphia Union Head Coach upset as he has been without the game-changing Brazilian for almost a month. However, Curtin accepts that this is a scenario that is not only causing issues within the MLS but globally.
"Sergio's speed to change a game is a weapon, but to not have him in training for four weeks now really hurts.
"These green card situations all over the world are really hard right now, and all over our league in particular."
Curtin was also hesitant to give an estimation on when the Union could expect Santos back.
"Every timeline that we hear tends to change, so it's not even worth throwing out days or any projections."