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Fernando Aristeguieta takes over as interim manager at Puebla



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Another former Philadelphia Union player is managing in Liga MX, if only temporarily.

Fernando Aristeguieta, who played for the Union on loan from Nantes in 2015, assumed the interim manager role last week after returning to his former club as a reserve and academy coach.

Aristeguieta retired last fall at the age of 31 after suffering a serious tibia and fibula injury while on loan from Puebla with Caracas, the club where he turned pro in his native Venezuela.

Aristeguieta is the third former Union player to serve as a head coach in Mexico’s top flight. Veljko Paunović had a stint as Chivas manager in 2023 and Eduardo Coudet managed Tijuana in 2017. Coudet is currently the head coach of first division Brazilian club Internacional.

During his lone season in Chester, the Venezuelan international had 5 goals in 21 appearances.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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