Philadelphia Union loan defender Carlos Valdes to Uruguayan side Nacional


Philadelphia Union defender Carlos Valdes will be loaned to Nacional in Uruguay’s Primera Division, per Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia.

At 29 years of age, Valdes has played in 73 matches for the Union since he arrived at the team in 2011 from Colombia’s Independiente Santa Fe. He immediately made his presence felt that year, bolstering one of Major League Soccer’s sturdiest back lines.

In January 2013, he was loaned back to Sante Fe and scored four goals in 32 games there.

Making one start en route to the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, Valdes also featured in Columbia’s national team squad in Brazil.

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“We wish Carlos the best of luck and look forward to him representing the club well during his time with Nacional,” Union Technical Director Chris Albright said in a statement. “The loan makes financial sense for both our club and Carlos, and gives us the ability to continue to shape our roster as we prepare for the season.”

Apparently, the decision to temporarily move away from the Union stemmed from fiscal issues.

“He’s at the point of his career where now financially, he’s looking to make his family comfortable, to be quite honest,” Curtin said. “I want to coach the guys that fully are going to be here and I’m controlling what I can control.”