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Union news: Colombian defenders are all the ‘Rage’

Posted on 21 December 2009 by Breton Bonnette

As a Major League Soccer fan, you most definitely have noticed the success Colombian players seem to have in this league. Start things out with Carlos Valdarrama in the late 1990s and work your way up to Seattle’s Fredy Montero and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Chivas USA’s youngster Yamith Questa or Real Salt Lake’s defensive stalwart Jamison Olave. It’s tough not to admit they’ve all been pretty influential in just a short time in the league.

Soccer by Ives has come up once again with some MLS transaction chatter and, normally, when Ives says it, it tends to come true. We only bring this to you because the Union looks to be a part of it.

Major League Soccer has apparently signed three Colombian youngsters to contracts and discovery claims have since been filed, the Union being one of them. The three players are America de Cali’s Edward Zea (19), Deportivo Cali’s Pablo Escobar (22), and Deportes Quindio’s Hanyer Mosquera (22). All three happen to be central defenders. There is no word on which one or how many the Union have put discovery claims on. As far as experience, Mosquera has scored for the senior squad in a Copa Mustang match vs. Deportivo Cali. Mosquera’s signature with league must be on loan – as are probably the other two – according to this from La Cronica del Quindio. Escobar has seen time with the Deportivo Cali first team in Copa Sudamericana action though not much at all. Regardless, the track record of Major League Soccer with Colombian prospects seems to ensure a talent.  

What we can take from this, if true, is that taking Ike Opara first in the draft might not be a foregone conclusion (assuming Opara even signs with Major League Soccer). Could we trade up for allocation money to sign an established attacker or do we go after a player like Toni Stahl, a holding midfielder is widely seen as a guy who could step in and be 2010’s version of Toronto FC’s Sam Cronin? The possibilities are endless but every little bit of information helps us take a stab at Piotr Nowak and John Hackworth’s thought process. What do you think?

Add this to a day where the Union have signed on a minor-league affiliate in the PDL’s Reading Rage (now re-branded as Reading United AC) and you’re starting to see what each day could be like over the next three months news-wise. As a Professional Development League squad, teams are comprised mostly of amateur youngsters looking for offseason training and guidance, some of which eventually move up to the professional ranks. The Reading Rage has helped nurture a host of area talent many of which will take part in this year’s MLS Combine (Penn State’s Jason Yeisley, Lehigh’s Adam Welch). Others like Akron’s Zarek Valentin (a Lancaster, PA native), Penn State’s Corey Hertzog, Lehigh’s Adam Gazda could be next on that Combine list. A good pipeline to have for the Union, even better if they sign up the area’s second PDL squad – Neil Holloway’s Ocean City Barons.

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