Brazilian goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel has returned to train with FC Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga in a move that appears to have spelled the end of his time on loan with the Philadelphia Union.
“We are not trying to keep him,” Sporting Director Ernst Tanner said on Wednesday. “We are trying to find a solution in order to release him to Salzburg.”
During his time with the team, the 22-year-old made four appearances for the first team and eight in the USL Championship for Bethlehem Steel FC.
“It’s a situation where Salzburg requested him back but without our commitment it wouldn’t be happening,” Tanner said. “We have the option of basically keeping him until the end of the season. They don’t have an exit.”
When he arrived during preseason, it was thought that Coronel would be the primary backup to Andre Blake but homegrown goalkeeper Matt Freese has emerged as the preferred No. 2 to Blake in part because of the team’s need to loan international players down to Steel to remain roster compliant.
“We are having some troubles with our green cards and our international spots,” Tanner said.
Coronel is one of 10 active players on the first team roster that require an international spot. The team has nine slots available. Michee Ngalina is currently listed as being on loan with Steel on the Union’s roster on the MLS website.
Should Tanner look within the organization to sign a new third string goalkeeper in Coronel’s place, a likely candidate would be 18-year-old Tomas Romero, who has made six appearances for Steel FC this season. The Cherry Hill, N.J. native is committed to play at Georgetown this fall.