Union fans were set atwitter today by this report in the venerable German soccer magazine Kicker that the club has made a deal to sign Colombian national team goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon.
But a spokesperson for the Union told me this afternoon that "there's no deal" to bring Mondragon, who plays for FC Koln in Germany's Bundesliga, to PPL Park for the second time in his career.
I don't speak German, so I ran the story through an automated translator to get at least some kind of idea of what the story says. The key phrase is that the "deal with Philadelphia should be already fixed." Furthermore, Mondragon had reached an agreement with former Koln general manager Michael Meier that he could leave the club during the Bundesliga's winter break on a free transfer.
Meier was sacked at the end of November, but it sounds like Mondragon still has the ability to leave the club.