Union release goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon

The Philadelphia Union have released goalie Faryd Mondragon so

he can return to his native Columbia and play for Deportivo


The Union announced the move Monday. The 40-year-old Mondragon

was Philadelphia’s team captain.

Mondragon signed with the Union on Jan. 20, 2011 on a free

transfer from FC Cologne of the German Bundesliga and immediately

helped transform the Union into one of the league’s top defensive

units in 2011.

He was the Union’s second straight All-Star representative,

starting against Manchester United in the 2011 midseason


Mondragon says he requested the move for family reasons.