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Official: Union Sign Former Pumas Midfielder Alex Mendoza

Winslow Townson

The former Harrisburg City Islander academy player returned to the United States after spending the last few years in Mexico.

Yet another area product has joined the Philadelphia Union.

The Union signed Alex Mendoza, a Harrisburg native, who was on trial with the team during its current preseason camp before today's announcement of him joining the club.

Per team and Major League Soccer policy, the terms and conditions of the deal were not disclosed.

A former Harrisburg City Islander academy player, and alumnus of various local development teams, including the Olympic Development Program, Mendoza left for Mexico in 2009. Mendoza signed with popular team Club Universidad Nacional A.C., more commonly know as Pumas de la UNAM and played for different levels of Pumas' system, but never was able to make his way into the first team.

The acquisition of Mendoza should remind Union fans of 2011's signing of Gabriel Farfan, who was also unable to force his way into the first team of a Mexican club (Club America). Farfan has started at left back since the trade of former starter Jordan Harvey in mid-2011.

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