Edson Puch is primed for arguably his biggest international tournament to date at the grand age of 31. However, the veteran – who is named after Pele – has already played his part for Chile in a major competition, making five appearances during their triumphant Copa America Centenario 2016 campaign. Four of those were as a substitute, but he scored twice on his only start, in the historic 7-0 rout of Mexico in the quarter-finals. Under Juan Antonio Pizzi, Puch has primarily been deployed as a support forward, although he can also do damage from deeper positions thanks to his speed and superb technique. Having said that, he has hardly been used in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, partly due to injuries.
A rap and hip-hop enthusiast, during his days as a rather rebellious youngster he even wrote a song about the beginning of his career, entitled I Left My Home in Pursuit of a Dream. Having made his debut for modest Chilean club Huachipato in 2005, the attacker has been on a nomadic journey taking in stints in Argentina, Ecuador, the United Arab Emirates and most recently Mexico, where he is currently thriving at Necaxa. Though Marcelo Bielsa gave him his full international bow back in 2009, in a friendly against Slovakia, Puch barely got a look-in during the rest of Bielsa's reign. His opportunities were similarly limited during Claudio Borghi and Jorge Sampaoli's tenures, though he would have gone to the 2015 Copa America under the latter were it not for an injury.