CHESTER, Pa. — The Philadelphia Union are actively working on a solution to end goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel’s loan.
“We are working on that and we are working on a solution for us,” Union sporting director Ernst Tanner said. “It’s a situation where Red Bull Salzburg requested him back, but without our commitment, it would not be happening.”
Coronel, who joined the Union on a season-long loan before the 2019 Major League Soccer season, has returned to Salzburg to train with the Austrian Bundesliga side.
“He’s not currently with the (Union),” Tanner said. “He’s currently on his way, or already arrived, in Salzburg. We sent him there for training. We have a stable situation here in addition. The probability to use him here, except at (USL Championship affiliate Bethlehem) Steel, is not really given.”
“That was a reason I was willing to hear (RB Salzburg’s) request of sending (Coronel) over,” Tanner said. “We are finding a solution. Hopefully we might find something until next week or something and then we can finalize it.”
The Union agreed to the loan for Coronel initially without a release clause that could have been triggered by RB Salzburg.
“We have the option to keep him basically until the end of the season,” Tanner said. “They don’t have an exit. We are having some troubles with our green cards and international spots and we are working on a solution.”
Although there are some complications with finalizing the deal, Tanner admitted the Union are trying to figure out the club’s goalkeeping depth chart before letting Coronel officially landing back with Salzburg.
“We are not trying to keep him,” Tanner said. “We are trying to find a solution in order to release him to Salzburg.”
Coronel made four appearances, three of which were starts, for the Union, but was the backup to Homegrown Player Matt Freese during the recent stretch in which Andre Blake was away on international duty.
When Coronel departs, the Union would have fewer constraints on the international spots on their roster.
Including Coronel, the Union have nine first-team players on international spots, as well as forward Michee Ngalina listed as on loan to Bethlehem Steel, as of July 2 on the league website.
Blake and Freese are currently the only first-team goalkeepers training and available for selection, which means the solution Tanner is referencing is likely a signing to replace Coronel, but the specifics of that were not revealed.