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Canadian keeper Monsalve confirms move to America de Cali


David Monsalve is looking to go where no Canadian has gone before. Soccer stardom in Colombia.

The former Toronto FC and FC Edmonton keeper confirmed Monday that he has signed with America de Cali, which plays in the country’s Primera B — its second division. But America is a club that has traditionally played with the big boys of Colombian soccer and will look to return to the top flight.

America won five straight Colombian championships in the 1980s; the team won three titles in the 1990s.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here so far with the team,” Monsalve wrote in an e-mail to The11.ca/Plastic Pitch. “It’s a dream for any footballer to be playing for a club as big as America is. It’s a club recognized all over the world and a club that got as far as the finals of the Club World Cup. It’s a top-quality club that expects nothing but the best from its players and it’s a challenge I welcome with open arms. It’s one step closer to my dream of playing and being an integral part of a Colombian football team.

Monsalve and fellow Canadian Dominic Oppong were profiled in the fall issue of Plastic Pitch (CLICK HERE), as they had been teammates with Finnish second-division side AC Oulu.

But Monsalve, who has family in Colombia, will move to a country that’s close to his heart. And he told me over the weekend that he hopes that the move to Colombia will do more to put him on the radar of Benito Floro, the coach of Canada’s men’s national team.

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  1. Andre

    December 16, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Sounds great; another Canadian in another good team.

  2. Flips

    December 15, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Here is hoping that he rediscovers some of his form and pushes his way into the picture. He was always such a personable person at FC Edmonton games. Still got his gloves from his last game here.

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