Philadelphia Union Sign Cristian Arrieta

Chester, Pa. (April 09, 2010) - Philadelphia Union today announced the signing of Italian-American defender Cristian Arrieta. Arrieta, who has been training with the club for two weeks, comes from Puerto Rico Islanders FC in the USL-First Division and will be eligible to play in tomorrow’s match against D.C. United. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the signing were not disclosed.

“We're very excited to have Arrieta join our club,” said Team Manager Peter Nowak. “He was one of the best defenders in the USL and we expect him to continue his success in MLS. His wealth of international experience will also help to strengthen our defensive line."

Arrieta, 30, spent the past two seasons with the Islanders, where he was a two-time Defender of the Year and the 2009 USL MVP. Prior to his time in Puerto Rico, the defender spent 12 years playing for Italian Serie C2 and Serie B with US Lecce and A.S.D. Serbia among other Italian clubs. 

Name: Cristian Arrieta
Position: Defender
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 170 lbs
Born: Sept. 18, 1979
Birthplace: Orlando, Fla. 
Citizenship: USA/Italy
Last Club: Puerto Rico Islanders
How Acquired: Signed from Puerto Rico Islanders
Pronunciation: Cristian ar-EE-eta

Philadelphia Union’s home opener will be April 10, 2010 vs. D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field.

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