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.