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Ex-Galatasaray, Cologne keeper Mondragon released by Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union have released veteran goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon it has been confirmed.

The 40-year old Colombian spent the 2011 season with the Union but has been given permission to leave so he can return home and play for his first professional club Deportivo Cali.

Mondragon, who was in the 2011 MLS All-Star team, has thanked the Union for the season he had and admits it was a proud time in his career.

"It has been an absolute honor and a privilege to be part of the Union family," said Mondragon.

"My time in Philadelphia has proven to be unforgettable, and I am tremendously proud of having led the team for what proved to be a successful 2011.

"We achieved most of our goals and continued the club's growth into becoming the best club in MLS.

"For family reasons, I have requested the club to allow me the opportunity to finish my career where it started. I am extremely thankful with our fans, especially Sons of Ben, the best fans in MLS, our ownership, technical staff, my teammates and everyone in the city of Philadelphia whom always made me feel at home and made the 2011 season one I will never forget.

"I look forward to coming back to PPL Park as an avid fan and part of the Union family. I wish the club continued success."

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