Under former head coach Peter Nowak, and Sporting Director Diego Gutierrez, Colombia was a source of talent for a Philadelphia Union team that needed an influx of it during an offseason. Now Colombia has become a place of departure for exiting Union players.
First it was Faryd Mondragon returning to Deportivo Cali, the team he began his professional soccer career with, and today it was Jorge Perlaza, heading to Millonarios after his rather forgetful time with the Union.
According to Sebastian Heredia, of Colombia Gol, Perlaza will sign with Millonarios to provide depth at the team's forward positions.
"I suspect he's a rush signing to fill the surprise departure of Humberto Osorio Botello," Carl Worswick, an English journalist who covers Colombia soccer, tweeted to the Brotherly Game.
Perlaza and the Union agreed to mutually end his contract with the Major League Soccer team on August 29, ending a relationship that had started only two months ago. The Colombian striker was acquired in a trade with the Portland Timbers which sent former no. 1 overall SuperDraft pick Danny Mwanga to the Western Conference in exchange for Perlaza.
Despite being part of the high profile deal, Perlaza failed to make much of an impact on the Union, receiving playing time only twice with the Union, both times under current head coach John Hackworth. One of the main reasons why Perlaza did not see the field was his inability to hit the back of the net, as he his decision to leave MLS has left him with a goalless record dating back to August 20 of last year.