CHESTER, Pa. (July 22, 2010) - Philadelphia Union announced today the signing of 35-year-old Argentinean midfielder Eduardo “Chacho” Coudet. Coming from Club Atlético Colón in the Argentinean First Division, Coudet will be eligible to play when the Union return to Major League Soccer action on Saturday, July 31st against the New England Revolution at PPL Park. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the signing were not disclosed.
The former River Plate player made his first appearance with the Union in an international friendly against Celtic FC on Wednesday, July 14th, registering an assist on Sebastien Le Toux's game-winning goal. A week later, Coudet stepped back on the pitch in a Union kit for 45 minutes when the MLS expansion team faced Manchester United in their second international friendly of the month.
Coudet hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina and has played in some of the world’s most recognizable leagues, including Argentina’s First Division (Atlético Platense, ’93-’95; Rosario Central, ’95-’98, ’06; San Lorenzo, ’98-’99, ’04-’05; River Plate, ’99-’04 and Club Atlético Colón, ‘10), the Spanish First Division La Liga (Celta de Vigo, ’02), and the Mexican First Division (San Luis, ’07-.’09; Necaxa, ’09). A specialist in long balls and crosses, “Chacho” spent the majority of his career in Argentina, amassing 56 goals in 400 games.
Coudet took the starting spot typically occupied by one of Andrew Jacobson, Roger Torres or Shea Salinas for the two friendlies.