By TATE STEINLAGE
As of Monday, the Philadelphia Union sit just one spot out of playoff contention. A big move involving a familiar face could help change that.
The Union announced Monday that defender Carlos Valdés has returned to the club on a new multi-year deal after spending almost 19 months on loan.
Valdés joined Philadelphia in 2011 and proved to be instrumental in helping the franchise reach its first postseason appearance. The Colombian followed up his first season in Major League Soccer by earning a spot on the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star roster.
Valdés was then loaned to Independiente Santa Fe in 2013 — the club he was originally acquired from — and San Lorenzo in 2014 before joining Colombia in Brazil for the World Cup. He made one appearance at the World Cup, playing all 90 minutes in Colombia’s win vs. Japan.
The 29-year-old has made 65 appearances for Philadelphia, scoring three goals during that stretch. Valdés will be available for selection when the Union host the Montreal Impact Saturday at PPL Park.
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