Nuevo Estadio Says Faryd Mondragon Has Signed With Deportivo Cali

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 23: Faryd Mondragon #1 of the Philadelphia Union makes save during the game against Real Madrid at Lincoln Financial Field on July 23, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Faryd Mondragon's out-of-the-blue transfer saga may be at an end, according to a Colombian media outlet.

The 40-year-old has signed a contract with Deportivo Cali, Nuevo Estadio reports. Mondragon began his career with the Liga Postobon club in 1990-1991, before moving to Real Cartagena, another Colombian team.

"I am very happy because everything panned out, I'm going to Deportivo Cali on a one-year contract. I feel I identify with the new Board of directors, and because of that, I've agreed to return to my beloved team," Mondragon said.

MLS, Cali and Mondragon came to an agreement today after "overcoming a monetary difference of close to $200,000" in the goalkeeper's salary demands.

"I would say that Faryd is ready, he wants to come and Cali wants to have him," said Luis Fernando Lenis, the team's Director. "Last week we were farther apart in the economics, but this weekend we got really close, there's almost nothing missing."

Mondragon told the team that he was ready to return to Colombia as soon as his departure from the Philadelphia Union was finalized.

"I would travel immediately to cali this week and my family would also move, they would bring the things I have over here," Mondragon said.

(Translations by Gabriel Irizarry, for use by the Brotherly Game)

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