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Josh Yaro has stayed in Philadelphia to rehab his shoulder injury while the team returns to Florida.
Kinkead has some good stuff on how Medunjanin came to Philly: “Earnie obviously had known Haris from AZ Alkmaar. They had contact there,” Curtin said. “They had a good discussion, in terms of communicating what we think of him as far as where he fits in positionally. I think it was important that there is that initial connection that he has, that relationship. We saw him play live a couple of times. We went over and saw him play in the Europa League. Chris Albright went over and saw him. Again, he’s a guy that fits the way we want to have possession of the ball and dictate the tempo of things. He’s a great passer. You’ve seen his qualities and what he brings. Excited to have him on board now. It’s a quick turnaround, you have a couple of weeks now to get him acclimated and bring him up to speed with the group, but we’re really happy to have him on board.”
The official site starts their preseason preview looking at the team’s forwards.
Fafa Picault and Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson are apparently good friends, and Ochocinco may be coming to some Union games.
The Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals U-12 team is joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
The MLS Transfer Window has officially opened. Because apparently all of the moves made during the offseason don’t actually count until this window opens. The MLS transaction system is…well…yeah.
New York City FC acquire MF Yangel Herrera on loan from Manchester City.
Clint Dempsey has been cleared to play after suffering from an unexplained heart problem last season. Love him or hate him, it’s good to see this won’t end his career.
Brad Davis is signing a one day contract to retire as a Dynamo.
As a follow-up to a previous news item, here’s a Chattanooga tifo displaying the wisdom of the great Commissioner of MLS. As a reminder, over 12,000 people attended the Atlanta-Chattanooga game in Chattanooga.
Around the globe
CONCACAF Gold Cup 2017 Quarterfinal and Semifinal locations were announced. Philadelphia will host a Quarterfinal.
Carli Lloyd has been loaned to Manchester City until June.
Paris SG and Benfica took yesterday’s Champions League matches. Real Madrid host Napoli and Bayern Munich host Arsenal today at 2:45 PM EST.
Man City confirmed that Gabriel Jesus has a broken metatarsal.
Another one of those stories that helps explain why players would come to the MLS: Argentina’s Primera Division is on hold because of TV rights, so players are stuck in training limbo. League leading Boca Juniors saw a fight occur in training, after which both players were forced to apologize.
Highlight of the day
Paris SG slices through the Barcelona squad, ending with a clinical Angel Di Maria finish to make it 3-0.