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Union waive Mendoza, Richards

Chester, PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Union announced on Wednesday the club has waived midfielder Alex Mendoza and defender Darmani Richards.

Mendoza, 22, is a product of the Harrisburg City Islanders academy and spent the past three seasons with Pumas of the Mexican Liga MX.

Richards, 18, was signed by Philadelphia on January 19 and has been a regular with the Trinidad & Tobago U-17 and U-20 National Teams.

Richards' release free up an international roster spot for Philadelphia, which opens the 2013 MLS season against Sporting Kansas City on March 2.

02/20 10:48:53 ET

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