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Rumors: Puerto Rico’s Cristian Arrieta on trial with the Union

Posted on 29 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The 30-year old Puerto Rico Islander fullback has been training with the Union for some time now but – akin to the possibility of JT Noone and Radanfah Abu Bakr signing – there has been no contract offer as of yet apparently. Huge hat-tips to Big Soccer members intru and Luis Enrique #8.

Esteban Pagan, writer for Primera Hora in Puerto Rico, wrote on his Twitter account today:

BREAKING NEWS: Colin Clarke confirma que Cristian Arrieta se encuentra de tryout con el Union de Filadelfia (MLS)….

…pero esperan firmarlo si no consigue un espacio en el Union.

According to another source found by Luis Enrique #8, agent Robert Colosia divulged that – “Group C Sports Law client Cristian Arrieta is currently training with Philadelphia Union til Thursday; when he signs w MLS (2clubs) or PR”. Group C also has RBNY’s Luke Sassano on its’ client list. So it looks like we should have a decision on Arrieta by the end of the week. Many probably want to know…who is this guy?

We threw out our 5 best “bargain buys” from USL-1/NASL over three months ago and guess who topped our list? We had this to say about Arrieta then:

At 30, Arrieta is not getting any younger but the fullback sure can play. An offensive threat as well as a defensive stalwart, the Florida-born defender who grew up in Italy and playing his way up the Italian league chain has scored 17 goals in a little over 50 appearances for the Puerto Rico Islanders. He started with “home-town” teams in Italy, all Serie C1 and C2 before latching on with Serie B’s Lecce (a former Danny Dichio club). After playing only 7 games with Lecce, a new challenge awaited in Puerto Rico where Arrieta has since been a part of two All-USL-1 Teams of the Year. He was also named USL-1 Defender of the Year in 2008. Arrieta is probably the most attainable of the bunch listed but, without specifics, it’s tough to know for sure. In his two years of USL-1 soccer, Arrieta has done nothing but impress. I’d say it’s time for someone to give him the chance to do so on the next level.

It’s no Luciano Emilio talk but we’ll certainly keep you up to date.

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