Thursday, September 23, 2010

Union's Arrieta called up by Puerto Rican National Team

Chester, Pa. (September 23, 2010)Philadelphia Union announced today that right back Cristian Arrieta has been called up to join the Puerto Rican National Team to compete in the Qualifying round of the 2010 Digicel Caribbean Championship.  The competition, which takes place in Puerto Rico from October 2-6, is the tournament in the Caribbean Region of CONCACAF.

During his time in Puerto Rico as a member of the USL-1 Division Puerto Rico Islanders, Arrieta proved to be a very significant player and was named two-time Defender of the Year and the 2009 USL MVP.  This call by the PRMNT will become Arrieta’s debut with Puerto Rico as the national squad faces Anguilla on October 2, Saint-Martin on October 4 and the Cayman Islands on October 6 as part of the Group A Qualifying round. 

The 31-year-old will depart for Puerto Rico on September 28, where he will remain until October 7, thus missing the Colorado Rapids away game on Wednesday, September 29 and the Houston Dynamo match at PPL Park on Saturday, October 2.  Arrieta will report back to Philadelphia in the early morning of October 7, and will be eligible to play that night against the LA Galaxy, if the Union’s Coaching Staff decide to bring Arrieta into the 18-man roster.

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