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Friday Morning Union Freekicks: Valdes And Mondragon Reactions

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I spy with my little eye Carlos Valdes and Faryd Mondragon at PPL Park
I spy with my little eye Carlos Valdes and Faryd Mondragon at PPL Park

As we continue to count down the days until the Union kick off their season on March 19, here are your daily Philadelphia Union links, today focusing on write-ups and reactions to yesterday's big announcement.  Use this as your open discussion thread.

Union Ink Deal With Colombian Goalkeeper [Delaware County Times] - A full write-up of yesterday's proceedings

Colombian Signee Reignites Fans' Playoff Aspirations [Bob Grotz, Delaware County Times] - Mondragon could end up being the highest paid goalkeeper in the MLS.  Also, Grotz asserts the Union could potentially be a playoff team.  Personally, I don't buy that just yet.  Let's see them perform on the field before we talk playoffs.

Philadelphia Union Sign Colombian Keeper Mondragon & Defender Valdes [Goal.com] - The Colombian contingent on the Union keeps getting bigger

Union Sign Veteran Goalkeeper Mondragon, Central Defender Valdes [Marc Narducci, Philadelphia Inquirer] - Are the Philadelphia Union in win now mode?

Mondragon Ready For Philadelphia's "Special Attitude" [Jonathan Tannenwald, The Goalkeeper] - Mondragon played at PPL Park last season when the U.S. hosted Colombia in a friendly last fall.

Mondragon And Valdes Unveiling In Pictures [Philly Soccer Page] - The good folks at PSP took some photos from Fado's and posted them here.

Union Solidify Defense With Colombian Duo [Judah Levine, PhiladelphiaUnion.com] - With these announcements, the Union have solidified a glaring weakness from 2010.  Mondragon  is expected to have the presence of a much needed veteran leader.

Union Sign Goalie Mondragon, Defender Valdes [Philadelphia Sports Daily] - Success in thew MLS starts at the back line, and the Philadelphia Union addressed that issue in a major way yesterday.

Philadelphia Union Sign GK Faryd Mondragon, D Carlos Valdes [Jeremiah Oshan, SB Nation] - A write-up on the announcement from The Brotherly Game's parent site.