Coudet Happy, Anxious for Opportunity
Eduardo “Chacho” Coudet thoroughly enjoyed playing as a trialist for the Union during friendlies against Celtic F.C. and Manchester United.
Now, he’s ready to make an impact in matches that count towards the MLS standings.
The Union recently signed the 35-year-old Argentinean midfielder from Club Atletico Colon in the Argentinean First Division. Coudet will be eligible to play against the New England Revolution on Saturday at PPL Park.
“I’m happy, very anxious to have my opportunity,” Coudet said. “I’m going to try to be a very good team player. Obviously, when the opportunity is there for me, I want to work as hard as possible.”
The former River Plate player, who won three titles with the club, made his first appearance with the Union in an international friendly against Celtic F.C. on July 14, registering an assist on Sebastien Le Toux's game-winning goal. A week later, Coudet stepped back on the pitch for the Union for 45 minutes against the Red Devils at Lincoln Financial Field.
“The players were very helpful to me,” Coudet said. “I was able to communicate with them on the field. I’m feeling very comfortable with them. They helped me out at first, and I felt like we had good communication on the field.”
Union Coach John Hackworth said he was thrilled to add a player like Coudet to the club.
“He brings a wealth of experience to us,” Hackworth said. “He’s coming from one of the best clubs and leagues. He has a lot of composure on the field and he’ll be a very good presence for us on the field and in the locker room.”
Coudet hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and he 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 long ball specialist with strong possession skills, “Chacho” spent the majority of his career in Argentina, amassing 56 goals in 400 games.
This is a fresh start with a new club in MLS.
And Coudet couldn’t be happier.
“With me being new to the club, I’m very excited to be here with this club and these fans,” he said. “I want to get in tune with the club. I’m very happy to be with Philadelphia.”
The feeling is mutual.
With the Union being back at home for 10 of their last 16 league match, “Chacho” could very well be a major addition to a club vying to make a postseason push.