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Independiente Santa Fe dender Carlos Valdes joins Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union has acquired defender Carlos Valdes' full rights from Independiente Santa Fe of the Colombian First Division.

Additionally, Carlos Ruiz has been transferred to Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz of Mexico's Liga de Ascenso (Second Division). Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the agreements will not be disclosed.

Introduced on January 20, 2011, Valdes has since played 20 games with the Union, notching his first MLS professional goal in a 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution on July 17, 2011.

Valdes, who had been until now on loan with the Union, has emerged as one of the top defenders in MLS, helping transform Philadelphia's back line into one of the League's strongest units. With Valdes serving as an anchor in the middle of the defense, the Union have secured seven clean sheets and allowed 19 goals against in 21 matches.

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