HOUSTON - MARCH 19: Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon of the Philadelphia Union celebrates after the final whistle as the defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 at Robertson Stadium on March 19, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Union have claimed to Philly Soccer Page that they haven't talked to Deportivo Cali, but Faryd Mondragon is headed to Colombia. Liga Posotbon, the Colombian top league, is reporting on its official websitethat Mondragon is returning to Deportivo.
The 40-year-old began his 21-year career with Deportivo in 1990-91, after being shuttled back and forth from practices during his youth at the club. Mondragon was drawn back to Cali by the nostalgia and ability to retire not only where he grew up, but also where his career started.
"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 to Banda Deportiva yesterday.
Deportivo's Executive Committee had listed Mondragon as one of its three main transfer targets for this season, and the new Director was pleased, yesterday, that the goalkeeper was close to coming to Cali.
I would say that Faryd is ready, he wants to come and Cali wants to have him," said Luis Fernando Lenis.
The terms of Mondragon's contract with Cali are unknown beyond it being a one year deal, but there are indications that he is being paid less than he made with the Union. Cali and Mondragon managed to overcome a difference of nearly $200,000 to agree on salary terms.
Liga Postobon's website says that Mondragon will travel to Colombia "early this week."