CHESTER, Pa. - The Philadelphia Union have released goalie Faryd Mondragon so he can return to his native Columbia and play for Deportivo Cali.

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 showcase.

Mondragon says he requested the move for family reasons.

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