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You’re going to want to bookmark this: The Union released their full preseason roster with numbers.
The Union start their preseason matches this Saturday against Leo Fernandes and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The match will be livestreamed by the Tampa Bay Rowdies:
— Tampa Bay Rowdies (@TampaBayRowdies) February 16, 2017
During the team’s scrimmage against Orlando City, Curtin really liked using Medunjanin as a six and Bedoya as an eight, and will be looking to do the same in upcoming preseason games. But that’s not the only time the two are spending together. Bedoya and Medunjanin are rooming together down in Clearwater, Fla., and are developing chemistry together, which is already starting to pay dividends. Curtin wants to continue that trend and hopes the chemistry continues to grow.
“They played well together,” Curtin said. “I roomed them together on the trip so there’s more familiarity and you can tell on the field they like each other. Really good players that recognize other really good players. It’s early, but that’s a good partnership with them there.”
Based on previous lineups, it seems that Pontius and Ilson Jr. are lined up for starting attacking spots, with Herbers and Alberg fighting it out for the last spot and Medunjanin and Bedoya teaming up behind them. It also sets up for Edu to come back as a CB, if he’s willing and able.
Union draft pick Chris Nanco has been offered a Bethlehem Steel contract but has not yet signed it. He is not with the team in Orlando.
Eric Ayuk has been called up to the Cameroon U-20 Squad for the U-20 African Cup of Nations.
The Union U-16s are also in Orlando as they finish Generation adidas Cup Qualifying. They will likely need to win both games to have a chance to move on. They will also be spending time with the Union first team, which I’m sure will be a blast for them.
Jacob Born’s preseason preview at PhiladelphiaUnion.com continues with the attacking midfielders.
Bethlehem Steel FC has announced their preseason matches. The first is next Wednesday at YSC Sports.
Aaron Wheeler is returning to Harrisburg City Islanders. He played very well last season when healthy.
MLSsoccer’s Matt Doyle takes his best guess at each team’s starting formation and XI. On the Union: “It’s also fair to wonder if this team really is better than they were last year. They never really seemed to recover from the loss of Vincent Nogueira, and the hope will be that Haris Medunjanin can finally fill that void.” He projects Ilson Jr. to lose out to Alberg and Herbers, Wijnaldum to beat out Fabinho, and Simpson to beat out Sapong.
Big news out of DC: a stadium groundbreaking date is set. They are hoping to open some time in 2018.
New York City FC signed former RSL midfielder John Stertzer.
Minnesota United traded Forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen back to New England Revolution for goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
Minnesota United also completed the signing of former USMNT Midfielder Josh Gatt.
San Jose Earthquakes revealed their new primary jersey.
Real Salt Lake revealed their new secondary jersey.
NYRB and Ali Curtis have “mutually agreed to part ways”.
Around the globe
Zlatan had a “Zlat Trick” for Manchester United in their Europa League clash with Saint Etienne.
Mark Clattenburg is heading to Saudi Arabia, abruptly quitting the Premier League.
Continuing to break what doesn’t need fixing, FIFA President Gianni Infantino suggested that the 2026 World Cup could be hosted by 4 countries.
Highlight of the day
The opening goal of Zlatan’s day. Truly a magnificent effort.