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Thursday Morning Union Freekicks: Mondragon Finally Joins The Union, Colombian Valdes Comes Into The Fold

Faryd Mondragon (Photo from <a href="http://backpagefootball.com/general/bundesliga-round-24/">Backpage Football</a>)
Faryd Mondragon (Photo from Backpage Football)

Yo - the Union's roster grows by two today!  Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon and defender Carlos Valdes will be announced as new members of the Union today!

In a shocker, the Los Angeles Galaxy sign another designated player, and Carey Talley retires from the MLS after 13 seasons.  Join the discussion below.

I'd say see you today at Fado for the player announcement event...but I live in LA.

Union to Introduce Colombian Stars Today [Kerith Gabriel, Philly.com] - Finally, the Mondragon speculation can be put to rest.  First reported a month ago, the Colombian goalkeeper is set to join the Union.  Central defender Carlos Valdez will also join the team.

The Kick Off: Philly Goes Colombian [Simon Borg, MLSSoccer.com - Philly signs two Colombians, also comments on the MLS Combine.

New Guys To Be Introduced Today, More News [Ed Farnsworth, Philly Soccer News] - In addition to Mondragon and Valdez, there's also talk about the Independence and the rest of the MLS.

Three MLS Teams Announce Re-Signings [Seth Vertelney, Goal.com] - Kansas City, Dallas, and Columbus all square away talent.

Angel Lands in LA [Luis Bueno, MLSSoccer.com] - After month-long negotiation, he becomes the club's third DP.

Carey Talley Retires After 13 MLS Seasons [Yahoo.com] - The longtime defender and midfielder announced his retirement yesterday.

Arsenal 3-1 Leeds [The Short Fuse] - And the Gunners move on in the FA Cup, playing the only other English team that I follow (although I don't do that whole "second team" crap).