Top Flight Talent: York United Lands Juan Cordova
The second York United signing of the new year sees the club bring in Chilean-Canadian defender Juan Cordova, who arrives to York Lions Stadium on a one-year deal with a club option for 2025.
The 28-year-old has spent the last six years in the Chilean top flight, having tallied no less than fifteen appearances in high level competitions like the Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores. All-told, he clocks in as a high-level signing for Canada’s top flight.
“We’ve been watching Juan for quite a while now so he’s a player we know very well at this point,” says York United head coach Martin Nash, who describes Cordova as an attacking full-back who offers flexibility on both left and right flanks.
Born in Los Andes, Chile, Cordova will count as a domestic athlete who holds a Canadian passport through his father. He’s also featured twice for the Canadian national team, earning two caps while Octavio Zambrano was at the helm – though he did crack a roster from Herdman in 2019.
Juan began his professional footballing career at the age of 16 with Chilean second division side Union San Felipe. He then secured a move up to the top flight with Huachipato, jumping right into the first team. He enjoyed several fruitful years with the team, tallying up 114 appearances between 2017 and 2022.
Last year saw him move to Nublense, who had finished runners-up in Chile’s top flight prior. He went on to make 14 appearances across all competitions, including four in the Copa Libertadores against the likes of Flamengo and Racing Club.
Unfortunately for Juan, it was a tough spell at Nublense as the side dropped from second in 2023 to twelfth in 2023, with his former side Huachipato winning the league.
Cordova leaves Chile behind after racking up just about 100 appearances in the country’s top flight, so expectations will be high that he will settle in quickly on Canadian soil. With Paris Gee having departed, he seems an astute pickup from the Nine Stripes.
The full-back becomes the third international signing for York United’s 2024 season behind Liberian international Brem Soumaoro and Liechtenstein international Dennis Salanovic.