FRISCO, TX - MAY 14: Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon of the Philadelphia Union at Pizza Hut Park on May 14, 2011 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Faryd Mondragon is officially no longer a Philadelphia Union player. The goalkeeper will return to the team that he began his career with, Deportivo Cali, as soon as the player and his family can move to Colombia.
"It has been an absolute honor and a privilege to be part of the Union family," said Mondragón told PhiladelphiaUnion.com. "My time in Philadelphia has proven to be unforgettable, and I am tremendously proud of having led the team for what proved to be a successful 2011. We achieved most of our goals and continued the club's growth into becoming the best club in MLS."
After thanking the team for his time in Philadelphia, Mondragon cited his family as the reason for returning to Colombia.
"For family reasons, I have requested the club to allow me the opportunity to finish my career where it started. I am extremely thankful with our fans," said Mondragon to PhiladelphiaUnion.com, "especially Sons of Ben, the best fans in MLS, our ownership, technical staff, my teammates and everyone in the city of Philadelphia who always made me feel at home and made the 2011 season one I will never forget.
"I look forward to coming back to PPL Park as an avid fan and part of the Union family. I wish the club continued success."
The 40-year-old goalkeeper reportedly signed a one-year contract with Cali.