Philadelphia Union Sign Faryd Mondragon To Fill the Gap Between the Pipes

Rob ThomasContributor IDecember 21, 2010

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - DECEMBER 05:  Faryd Mondragon of  Galatasaray in action during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Galatasaray and Liverpool at the Ataturk stadium on December 5, 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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According to Yahoo sports, Faryd Mondragon will be joining the Philadelphia Union for the start of their 2011 campaign.  Official word will come from the Union tomorrow, though Mondragon's now former club FC Koln (Cologne) in Germany has announced that it they are finding a replacement due to the fact that Mondragon is joining up with the Union. 

Philadelphia recently opted out of Chris Seitz's contract sending him first to New England in the Expansion draft, then being traded to Houston.  Along with the departure of Fred, Alejandro Moreno, and Shea Salinas, Philadelphia has a lot of cap room to work with, and this is the first of many off season additions for the club.  

Faryd Mondragon, originally from Columbia, started his career with Independiente in Argentina, with stops in Spain, France, Turkey, Germany and now the United States.  The 39-yea-old international brings a veteran presence and what is hoped to be a more consistent performance on the pitch than the previous two goalkeepers and should become an instant fan favorite in the city of brotherly love. 

The Union opens there second season in Houston on March 19, with their home opener against the new expansion team Vancouver Whitecaps FC.