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Christian Pulisic, Jordan Morris, and Bobby Wood sandwich Union man Alejandro Bedoya in all-red in the latest USMNT uniform reveal.
Jacob Born continues the Union’s positional preview series with a look at wingers. The series divides midfielders between holding, attacking, and wingers, adding further speculation on who will play where. Chris Pontius, Fabian Herbers, Ilson Jr., Eric Ayuk, Fafà Picault, and Marcus Epps are all listed as wingers.
Born reports that Ayuk once again finds himself further down the depth chart after seeing time with the first team two seasons ago. Epps “is expected to see time both with the Union and Bethlehem Steel FC this season.”
The Brotherly Game reports that Danny Cruz has signed with NASL team San Francisco Deltas.
Major League Soccer
FC Dallas drew Estudiantes de La Plata 1-1.
San Jose hosted SF Deltas and lost 0-1.
Toronto FC beat Miami FC 6-1.
Sacha Kljestan scored two for the Red Bulls in a 2-0 win over NYCFC.
Real Salt Lake gave Minnesota United FC an MLS warmup in a wild 3-3 draw.
The Chicago Fire improved to 3-0 in games that don’t count, beating Montreal with a blitzing 4-1 scoreline.
NYCFC sign Maxi Moralez as their third DP. The Argentine midfielder may be a diminutive 5’3″, but he boasts an impressive record over four seasons at Serie A side Atalanta and the last two years in Liga MX with León.
NYCFC also signed former Portland winger Rodney Wallace.
Youth and local soccer
Warrington Soccer Club has paid coaching positions open for younger age groups.
Hershey Invitational takes place on Father’s Day weekend. Speaking from personal experience, soccer in any form is an excellent way to show filial appreciation.
If February 14th was a lonely affair, I offer you solace in a belated valentine from US Soccer. The new kit isn’t a rocket pop costume, but it does look a little familiar.
Roses are red
Violets are blue
We dropped a red jersey
We hope to see it on you
The new uniform will be first worn by the USWNT at the SheBelieves Cup. It will also grace the shoulders of the men’s side when they attempt to right the ship of World Cup qualifying against Honduras on March 24.
Around the Globe
Arsenal played at Bayern Munich yesterday. “Played” may be a strong word for their second half showing, in which the London side conceded four to an ascendant Bayern, losing by a final score of 5-1.
Real Madrid hosted Napoli and will take a 3-1 lead into the second leg in Italy. Maybe with the help of some creative groundskeeping?