The Carlos Valdes saga has hit another stumbling block and his future for the next six months is not clear at all.
The central defender is contracted by Philadelphia Union, but after spending the last tournament loaned at Independiente Santa Fe – one of Colombia’s biggest teams – he wanted to move once again in order to get an opportunity in the National Team ahead of the World Cup. There were negotiations with Argentinean team San Lorenzo, but things went south after the medicals were completed.
Apparently, the previous injuries that the center back had in his knees played a part in the exams and he wasn’t able to pass the requirements, thus frustrating his move to the current Argentinean champions. The center back appears to be forced to move back to the MLS and his future is now up in the air.
Despite being an MLS All-Star only a few years ago, Valdes is keen to play elsewhere in order to have a chance to play with Colombia in the upcoming 2014 World Cup. His situation is not clear right now and since he is not able to move back to Independiente, all signs are pointing to him moving back to the States.
It would truly be the best choice for both the player and the teams involved. Valdes would automatically be the best defender in Philly and he would be a starter, getting enough playing time to be considered for the upcoming World Cup.
It remains to be seen if he will be called up to the team while playing in the States, but the ideal scenario is to have him playing and the only franchise that can give Valdes that right now is the Union. He would be wise to return to the MLS and make an impact there.
He has enough talent to be a star in the league.