Two new Colombians for the Union’s defense

Posted on 20 January 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The Union, on paper, have strengthened their defensive set-up with the addition of Colombians Faryd Mondragón and Carlos Valdés. Pending complications receiving their P-1 Visas and International Transfer Certificates, both should be ready to go once preseason starts. No word on compensation, contract length, or salaries as of yet.  

Mondragón, a goalkeeper of world-class pedigree, moves after several successful seasons in the German Bundesliga with FC Koln. Before that, the 39 year old won two Turkish Championships with giants Galatasaray and was a fixture in net for them for roughly 7 seasons largely considered the best goalkeeper in Turkey over that span. Even at his age, the Cali, Colombia native provides World Cup experience (1998 in France) and years under his belt in some of the world’s most prestigious leagues (Turkey, Germany, Spain, France). The vet should give that sense of stability that was missing last season in the net while allowing for back-ups Zac MacMath and Brad Knighton to progress naturally over the next couple years.

Valdés is also a Cali native almost 15 years Mondragón’s junior and a defender on the rise in the Colombian ranks. He only recently received his first senior national team cap but has been a defensive stalwart for Club Independiente de Santa Fe for several seasons now. Decent in the air, Valdés will also provide a target along with Califf and Orozco Fiscal on set pieces. A central defender (but can feature on the right if need be), the 25 year old looks to fight Gonzalez for a starting position next to Califf in the middle which would inevitably push Orozco Fiscal out to the wing.

Remember to head on over to FADO in Center City at 11:30AM to help welcome these guys to the Union family. ASN Philly’s Sam Toma will be over there and should return with some good quotes and reactions on the Union’s newest additions.

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