After weeks of speculation that were fueled by a failed medical exam earlier this week, the Carlos Valdes saga appears to be finally over.
The MLS All-Star defender wanted to remain in South America – after spending 2013 with Colombian side Independiente Santa Fe – in order to maximize his chances of featuring for the Colombia National Team in the upcoming World Cup, and Philadelphia Union agreed to send him to current Argentinean champions San Lorenzo for the first six months of 2014.
There’s no doubt that the departure of the 29-year-old is a huge loss for the Union on the field, but it could be a blessing in disguise. Valdes never seemed willing to move back to the MLS despite being one of the best defenders during the 2012 campaign. Since it was clear his intention was to be on Jose Pekerman’s radar – as the Colombian team head coach has reportedly said he preferred Valdes to play in other league rather than in the States – the move to San Lorenzo appears to be the best option for him at the moment.
While it remains to be seen whether this move is a loan or a definitive transfer, all parties involved ended up winning with the completion of the deal. Carlos Valdes will have the chance to participate in a top league looking to get exposure near the World Cup, San Lorenzo secured a great defender to bolster their team and the Union finally found something to do with a player who, judging from the outside, never appeared eager to return to MLS.