It’s official, the Union have signed Faryd Mondragon and Carlos Valdes. From the announcement on the Union website:
“We are very happy to have agreed to deals with both Faryd and Carlos,” said Team Manager Peter Nowak. “It is great to have an experienced player, such as Faryd, show his desire and commitment to become a member of the Philadelphia Union family. We believe he will be a valuable mentor to our younger players.
“We also believe Carlos will have a big impact in the center of the backline. Along with Faryd, we have added two Colombian internationals who will solidify our defense and provide competition for our returning players. We believe Carlos will be an important player for the club, both on the field and in the locker room.”
Yesterday’s announcement that two new players would be introduced to Union supporters today at Fado led to an obvious question: who are the new players going to be? We said our money is on Faryd Mondragon and Carlos Valdes. This morning, Philly.com seemed to confirm this. Just to be sure, we’ll be posting live updates from Fado beginning around 11:30am.
Matthew Marcin is very excited to be picked by the Union. “Oh, man, I am so excited. My mom called after I was picked and told me, and I was so happy. I went to a couple of Union games last season and my mom and dad went a lot. They’re huge fans. I’m a huge fan, and I really like the way they play. I’m very excited about joining them for preseason training.”
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FIFA now says there are no plans to move the 2022 World Cup to winter.
UK sports minister Hugh Robertson calls football the worst governed sport in Britain.