Diego Restrepo smiling at a game. - 232523AD, through Wikimedia Commons
The former American youth international will compete against three other goalkeepers for the two roster spots behind starter Zac MacMath.
The coaching staff of the Philadelphia Union has begun an attempt to push starting goalkeeper Zac MacMath during both the preseason and 2013 Major League Soccer regular season.
According to Steven Goff, the Washington Post's Soccer Insider, Diego Restrepo is the latest goalkeeper to come into the Union's January camp at Wayne, PA's Youth Sports Complex to compete for one of the two open roster spots behind MacMath. Philadelphia already has Chase Harrison, Chris Konopka and Tunde Ogunbiyi in camp.
The club has planned on getting MacMath a backup who could potentially become the starter, if the former's play does not improve from last year's somewhat average season. While MacMath is young, the Brotherly Game understands that the Union intend to get more consistent play out of him in his second full season as a starter or they will try out a new face.
Restrepo is a former United States Men's youth National Team goalkeeper best known for his performances for the under-20 squad that participated in the 2005 Youth World Cup that was held in Peru. He left the US for Colombia with America de Cali after his collegiate career, during which he broke records held by Tony Meola at the University of Virginia ended in 2010.
When America was relegated from Liga Postobon, Colombia's top league, Restrepo moved on to Venezuela's Deportivo Tachira. He played in 10 league games between America and Tachira (four and six games respectively).