Trialist Coudet Makes an Impact vs Celtic

Nowak confirms Argentine MF fits mold of what club is seeking

Eduardo Germán
"Chacho" Coudet, 35, is on trial with the
Philadelphia Union in advance of the upcoming summer transfer window and
started in the club’s 1-0 win in a friendly against Celtic FC on Wednesday night, registering
an assist on the lone goal.

“We’re
looking for someone when the transfer window will open,” said Union manager
Peter Nowak after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to San Jose. “We’re going to bring in a
couple of guys and see if they can help us.”

It appears as
though Coudet, an Argentine midfielder, is at least one of the players Nowak
was referring to and that the midfielder has a good chance of signing with the
club when the transfer window officially opens Thursday.

“He has been (training) with us for a while and
tonight we just wanted to give him some minutes, but we’ve know of his
abilities for a while,” said Nowak after the match. “We are looking for
someone to come in here and be a leader and he fits that mold.”

Coudet most
recently played for Colón de
Santa Fe of the Argentine Primera División. The trialist has
scored more than 50 career goals in over 400 appearances for 12 different clubs
over a span of 17 seasons.

While Coudet has
spent most of his career in the Argentine
Primera, he did spend time at Celta Vigo
in the Spanish League. From 1993
to 1995, he played for Argentine club Platense
alongside French-Argentine striker David
Trézéguet.

The midfielder’s
biggest career accomplishment is winning three Argentine titles during
his stint with River Plate.
After playing in Mexico for several years, Coudet returned to Argentina in
January 2010 to play for Colón de
Santa Fe.

The Union know
that adding a few new talented pieces to the puzzle can only help them down the
stretch.

Coudet may very
well turn out to be just the spark Philadelphia need to continue building on
their recent run of strong form.