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Independiente Santa Fe president Cesar Pestrana says in a statement on the club’s website that Carlos Valdes has joined the Colombian club on a one year loan (crappy translation here). We are awaiting confirmation from the Union.
Jonathan Tannenwald reported on Monday morning, “Although the official website of Colombian club Independiente Santa Fe announced the signing of Union defender Carlos Valdés on Sunday evening, the deal is apparently not yet complete. A source with direct knowledge of the talks told Philly.com that the paperwork has not yet been signed, and has not even been received by the Union’s front office yet.”
That article was written by the editor of El Tiempo.
On Sunday, Terra.com also reported the a deal had been approved (crappy Google translation here) and Golcaracol.com reported that a loan deal was “confirmed”(crappy Google translation here). The report includes what appears to be TV report on the deal but Google doesn’t translate audio, even in a crappy way.
This follows a report from Terra.com on Friday that Santa Fe was the only suitor left for Carlos Valdes (crappy Google translation here). Uruguayan club Nacional has signed Efrain Cortes, another Colombian defender, and, as first reported by El Pias, Valdes turned down Deportivo Cali because his family did not want to return to that city to live (crap translation here).
Simon Borg previews the Union’s SuperDraft needs, the No. 1 priority of which is a left back. Borg makes a good point: the club has international spots to trade if they want to move up in the draft order after dealing away their first round pick to acquire Bakary Soumare.
The website overtimeafrica.com has brief Q&A’s with Amobi Okugo, Michael Lahoud, and Freddy Adu. Some points of interest:
- When asked if he would accept a call-up to the Nigerian national team, Okugo says he grew up hearing stories of the golden generation at the 1994 World Cup. “My dad always tells me stories of Nigerian internationals and I’m sure he’d be happy if that were to ever arise but so far I haven’t gotten any calls yet but you never know, we’ll see what happens.”
- Lahoud says of the possibility of a Sierra Leone call-up, “This year has been a crazy year so I haven’t really heard anything but if the right opportunity came up, I’d definitely be interested.
- Adu says of the 2012 season, “Some good games some bad games, I gotta get better at being consistent but in my opinion there was more good than bad this season and next season I’m gonna look to improve on that…I’ve gotten unlucky with some injuries here and there but I just want to build on it and next season I guarantee you I will have a better season.”
- Adu says of a USA call-up, “I haven’t talked to him, he hasn’t called me or anything. I know he’s called certain guys as I have friends on the team but I would love to hear his opinion and input on what I really need to do to get back there because I really want to be a part of it.”
Cristhian Hernandez talks about his training stint with Real Sociedad and his plans for first team action in 2013.
Union academy forward Darius Madison has been called up to the US U-20 training camp that will take place in Peubla, Mexico beginning today through Jan. 22. Peubla will be the site of the CONCACAF U-20 championship Feb. 18-March 3.
The 700 Level considers the dilemma of whether or not to get a Union jersey with a player’s name on the back.
A belated happy birthday to Raymon Gaddis.
If you haven’t already, check out our breakdown of the Reading United alumni available in Thursday’s SuperDraft.
Soccer America says intrigue surrounds the top picks at the SuperDraft.
ProSoccerTalk has a few things you should know about the draft.
The allocation of national team players was announced on Friday.
Reports and analysis of the allocation from Sporting News, New York Times, ASN, Soccer America, ProSoccer Talk and Equalizer. Equalizer says Portland got the cream of the crop and it seems they feel the same way in Seattle.
In case you’re wondering Delran’s Carli Lloyd ended up with Western New York Flash and Jill Loyden with Sky Blue FC.
All White Kit has an impressive breakdown of the players available in the upcoming NWSL college draft.
Soccer America’s USMNT positional rankings continue with a look at right midfielders.
The Association of Football Agents has called FIFA’s planned Global Player Exchange (GPX) system, aimed at reducing the influence of agents, unworkable and illegal.
A player at English fourth division club Dagenham & Redbridge says that he was racially abused by an opponent during a home game on Saturday. Satuday’s game was “Daggers Against Racism Family Fun Day.’