Report: Faryd Mondragon Set To Leave Koeln For Philadelphia Union

Veteran Koeln goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon looks to be heading for pastures new and MLS side Philadelphia Union in January.
Veteran FC Koeln goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon is on his way to Major League Soccer in January. He will sign for the Philadelphia Union on a free transfer according to a report in German magazine Kicker.

The 39-year-old Colombian, who is the oldest player in the Bundesliga, came to an agreement with former Koeln general manager Michael Meier, which enables him to leave the club for nothing in the winter break.

Normally first choice between the sticks, Mondragon was relegated to the bench earlier this season after an altercation with former coach Zvonimir Soldo over his desire to go on international duty. This resulted in Mondragon being sent home from the team hotel and being replaced by young Croatian stopper Miro Vardovic.

Mondragon has been with die Geissboecke since 2007 and has made 73 league appearances to date since signing from Galatasaray.

Already speculation has begun as to his predecessor with 31-year-old former Koeln goalkeeper Markus Proell of Eintracht Frankfurt being named in addition to 28-year-old Arminia Bielefeld goalie Dennis Eilhoff.

The Union are in desperate need of a veteran goalkeeper given the lackluster performance of Chris Seitz and Brad Knighton a year ago and a player of Mondragon's experience level would surely be a boost to the club's chances in 2011.

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