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Faryd Mondragon And Carlos Valdes Announced As Newest Philadelphia Union Players

The Philadelphia Union announced today that they will unveil Colombian internationals Faryd Mondragon and Carlos Valdes at today's event at Fado's in Philadelphia (see SB Nation soccer's article on this event here).

For weeks now the Union and Mondragon have been rumored to have reached an agreement but were held up by what appeared to be a problem with his immigration papers. Philadelphia Daily News beat reporter Kerith Gabriel reported earlier this month that Mondragon's time with the Union was only stalled by finalizing his visa and work papers for the USA. Mondragon is a 39-year-old goalkeeper who has spent time in Argetina, Turkey and most recently in the German Bundesliga. He has been capped 50 times at the national level with Colombia since 1993.

Valdes was an on-and-off rumor for a shorter period of time but today's announcement confirms that Piotor Nowak and the Union front office wanted to shore up a defense that let in 49 goals in 2010 (goal differential of -14). A teammate of Mondragon's on the Colombian national team, Valdes has been capped four times, and scored one goal, internationally. He comes to the Union from Club Santa Fe in Colombia, where he featured 54 times in 2009-2010.

The Union will announce the players to the public at 12 pm (noon) at Fado's.