Fernando Aristeguieta will remain a member of the Philadelphia Union for the next six months, according to Matthew De George.
Chris Albright confirms that Fernando Aristeguieta will remain with the Union for another six month loan deal.— Matthew De George (@sportsdoctormd) July 7, 2015
Aristeguieta has already been with the club for six months, and scored three goals in eleven games. He has however been injured twice, missing the last four Union matches due to a leg contusion as well as matches earlier in the year due to a broken hand. The twenty-two year old striker is also a Young Designated Player, with $200,000 of his salary coming against the Union's strained budget.
The loan extension is a good opportunity for the Union to evaluate Aristeguieta, as eleven games really isn't enough time to get a feel for whether he'd be a good purchase for the club or not. If Aristeguieta can get healthy, he must reclaim his starting spot from CJ Sapong. Sapong has been on fire over he past month, netting four goals and an assist in the past five MLS matches. The rest is really up to Aristeguieta - can he supplant Sapong as the lone striker for the Union?