UPDATE: Sources have indicated that this report is premature and that while a loan may be completed, it is not yet complete.
Assuming he passes his physical, Emanuel Cecchini is heading back to Argentina. Union de Santa Fe made the announcement via Twitter on Thursday. If that team sounds familiar, it’s because it also announced that Yeimar Gomez Andrade was heading to the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday.
El medio centro Emanuel Cecchini (23 años) será incorporación Tatengue— Club Atlético Unión (@clubaunion) January 24, 2020
☑️ Viene de jugar en Seattle Sounders FC de la MLS. Surgió en Banfield y fue vendido al Málaga. También jugó en León de Mexico
Luego de la revisión médica firmará contrato por 1 año con opción de compra pic.twitter.com/Z0COwurmUA
Whether the two moves are a coincidence or related in some way is not yet known. But one way or another, this gets Cecchini off the Sounders’ books (although it’s possible they may still have to use their once-a-season buyout to help pay their portion of the midfielder’s wages). Cecchini has had a couple different successful stints in Argentina with Banfield between a sale to Spain’s Malaga, who still own his rights.
After arriving on a reasonably expensive loan late last summer, Cecchini made just four appearances for the Sounders and was not even included on the bench during any of the four playoff games. Following the season, the Sounders made it pretty clear that they weren’t expecting Cecchini to return and the 23-year-old had not been a participant in preseason training.