Thursday, April 10, 2008

Player Profile: Matias Cordoba

Matias Cordoba

Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: Oct 7, 1984 (23)
Place of Birth: Lanus, Argentina
Height: 5 ft 9 in
Previous Clubs:Tigre, Argentinos Juniors
National Team Exp: none
Jersey Number: #8
Current Status: Senior Roster (International)
How Acquired: loan from Argentinos Juniors

Personal summary: Born in Lanus, Argentina.

Professional summary/highlights: Matias started out with Argentinos Juniors before being loaned out to Tigre. In late 2007, he was then loaned to RSL who had brought on board a trio of Argentines halfway through the prior season. The loan fee is reportedly $60K with a $900K buyout after the first year. Garth Lagerway described Matias as a “combination between Javi Morales and Kyle Beckerman”, “a truly technical two-way, linking midfielder” and said he was “the most important acquisition of the offseason for RSL”. However, after training in Florida Garth said “he had been a disappointment to this point”. Apparently Matias did not come to camp fit, which is something the coaching staff stressed for the returning players in the offseason. Based on a blog post by James Edward with the DesNews it sounds like he is now coming into form.


Youtube/video links: : Interview (Spanish)

Other links: MLS Player profile: Matias Cordoba/MLSnet, Wikipedia Page: Matias Cordoba/Wiki

Keepin It Real Expectations for 2008: Matias has not seen action with the senior team, but did have at least a couple of goals in preseason action and scored a goal in the first reserve match against Chivas. The midfield is a bit crowded which will make it difficult for him to break into the lineup. However, based on watching him in practice he seems to have the technical skills which could allow him to be a good fit with the rest of our midfield. I’d like to see the player that Garth described to us, and I think he is going to emerge.

Interesting Fact/tidbits/quote: Played with former RSL goalkeeper DJ Countess at Tigre.