Edson Puch

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Personal information
Full nameEdson Raúl Puch Cortez
Date of birth (1986-04-09) 9 April 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Iquique, Chile
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in) [1]
Playing position(s) Winger / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Universidad Católica
Number 10
Youth career
Senior career*
2005–2006 Huachipato 18 (0)
2007–2009 Deportes Iquique 74 (22)
2009–2011 Universidad de Chile 65 (17)
2011–2014 Al-Wasl 16 (2)
2012–2013Dep. Iquique (loan) 26 (2)
2015 Huracán 6 (0)
2016 LDU Quito 15 (3)
2016–2017 Necaxa 35 (15)
2017–2019 Pachuca 9 (2)
2018–2020Querétaro (loan) 22 (6)
2019Universidad Católica (loan) 17 (5)
2020– Universidad Católica 6 (3)
National team
2009–2017 Chile 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 14 March 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 March 2020

Edson Raúl Puch Cortez (Spanish pronunciation:  [ˈeθson ˈputʃ] , born 9 April 1986) is a Chilean footballer who plays as a forward for Primera Division club Universidad Católica and the Chile national team.


Club career

Early career

Born in Iquique, Puch began his career at hometown Deportes Iquique youth ranks, then moving to Huachipato reserve team in 2003.

In 2008, after two years playing in Talcahuano based–side, he returned to his homeland to play for Iquique where he achieved a third-tier title that season as well as the first-tier promotion the following year. After an impressive season during the 2009 Torneo Apertura being a key player alongside Cristian Bogado, on mid-year, Puch reached a four-year deal with Chilean powerhouse Universidad de Chile which invested US$850,000 for his rights. [2]

He quickly settled as starter playing for The Owls where celebrated a league title in 2011 with Jorge Sampaoli as head coach. However, on 14 May, he accepted an offer from Emirati club Al-Wasl FC for a US$4 million fee. [3] [4] There Puch was coached by Diego Maradona but only scored one goal in six league games.

Iquique, UAE & Latin America

In 2012, he returned to Deportes Iquique on loan. After completing the six-month loan spell in June, he didn't feature in any game during the second half of the year. After he initially returned to Al-Wasl, he was loaned back to Iquique, but the team didn't register him in time. He officially re-joined Iquique in January 2013 after training that period with the team, reappearing in a 1–1 away draw with León for the Copa Libertadores first stage. [5]

In June 2013 he returned to Al-Wasl. This time Puch scored one goal in ten UAE Arabian Gulf League games. In August 2014, he ended his contract with Emirati club and then signed for Argentina's Huracán as a free agent in January 2015. [6] After a season at Parque Patricios-based side, he moved to Ecuadorian giants L.D.U. Quito, led by Claudio Borghi who usually called-up him during their period at Chilean national team (2011–2012). [7]


After an impressive 2016 Copa América Centenario he joined Liga MX club Necaxa. Helped Necaxa stay in Liga MX after recently being promoted from 2015–16 Ascenso MX season. [8] He scored nine goals in his first season in Mexico.


On 7 June 2017, C.F. Pachuca announced the signing of Edson Puch from Club Necaxa. [9]


On 13 December 2017, Querétaro signed Puch on loan from Pachuca, with an option to purchase.

International career

In 2009, Puch received a call-up from Marcelo Bielsa to play the Kirin Cup, debuting in a 4–0 loss against Japan as a 46th-minute substitute for Jorge Valdivia. After his first international participation, he was recalled in November for a game with Slovakia at Bratislava. In 2011, during Bielsa's last match as national team coach against United States he played his first full international game during a 1–1 draw.

Puch was named in the 2015 Copa America squad but had to withdraw through injury being replaced by Francisco Silva. [10]

Puch scored two goals in the seven-goal match against Mexico in the Copa América Centenario. [11] Later, in the tournament he was part of the Chilean team that ran to the final. He was subbed in the 80th minute of the final against Argentina, which Chile won 4–2 on penalties.

Career statistics


As of 30 January 2018 [12]
Huachipato 20059090
Deportes Iquique 2007 386386
2008 1910312211
2009 176176
Universidad de Chile 2009 1131060183
2010 32620121467
2011 228228
Al Wasl 2011–12 6160121
2013–14 10110111
Deportes Iquique (loan) 2012 15200152
2013 1100070180
Huracán 2015 601130101
LDU Quito 2016 1530051204
Necaxa 2016–17 351511--3616
Pachuca 2017–18 9230--122
Querétaro 2017–18 3010--40
Career total2666319333231368
Chile national team

International goals



Universidad de Chile
Universidad Católica



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