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Moreno Away, Arrieta Makes Impact

Philadelphia Union will be without starting forward Alejandro Moreno Thursday night against the LA Galaxy, with the veteran featuring for the Venezuelan National Team in FIFA action against Bolivia the same day and Mexico on October 12.

“I am very proud to continue to represent my country at the international level,” said Moreno. “National team call-ups should always be a privilege and honor for any player. It certainly means a lot to me.”

The downside to his call-up, of course, is being out of action for the Union in front of a sold out crowd at PPL Park.

“Unfortunately, playing for my national team sometimes means that I miss games with my club,” Moreno added. “Of course, this is not ideal, and I look forward to rejoining the Union next week after my international duty.”

Arrieta makes an impact with the Puerto Rican National Team                       

Defender Cristian Arrieta will be available for selection to the 18-man roster on Thursday after returning from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 31-year-old helped lead the Puerto Rican National Team to three consecutive wins in Group A action of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. The 2009 USL MVP, who scored 17 goals and 7 assists between 2008-2009 with the Puerto Rico Islanders, headed home the squad’s second goal on Monday in a 2-0 win against St. Martin.

“So far it has been a very important experience for me,” Arrieta said earlier in the week. “Having the opportunity to play for a national team brings you a lot of responsibilities as well as motivation. A country trusts in you and supports you to achieve results never achieved before. I also had the chance to score a very important goal that closed our second game and I'm very happy for everything I'm experiencing these days.

“I really miss Philadelphia and my teammates there, and it's hard for me to not be there for our games, and only having the possibility to follow them online. But my teammates know I'm there with them in spirit, and I'll finally report back on Thursday, very motivated and feeling really well physically. Although I haven't trained with the team for a while, if the coaching staff needs me, I'll be there 100 percent ready to give everything for the Union.”