The Philadelphia Union announced the signing of goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel on loan from RB Salzburg. Coronel will look to backup Andre Blake, who will have a busy year with the Union as well as the Jamaica National Team.
Coronel is a 22-year-old Brazilian with whom Sporting Director Ernst Tanner is very familiar. According to the press release from the Union, it was Tanner who brought Coronel from his native Brazil to Austria in 2015 where he played with FC Liefering in the Austrian Second Division. Liefering is an affiliate club of RB Salzburg, and Coronel made his debut in the Austrian Bundesliga in the final match of 2018.
Coronel has also represented Brazil with the U15 and U17 National Team, the latter of which came in third place in the 2013 South American Championship.
The loan is a one-year deal with an option to buy. Coronel will also occupy an international roster spot. He’ll likely split time in USL with homegrown goalkeeper Matthew Freese and academy goalkeeper Tomas Romero this season.