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News roundup: Roster upgrades, U-20’s top Mexico, more

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Philadelphia Union

How much has the Union roster improved from 2016? Kevin Kinkead hands out position-by-position grades.

Richie Marquez aims to become a vocal leader on the backline.

Speaking of, a preview of the Union’s center backs at Philly Sports Network as they continue their series on the starting 11.

A new episode of The Philly Soccer Pod is out.

Major League Soccer

Matt Doyle with an analysis of the tactical state of MLS in 2017.

The top 10 storylines to follow in 2017.

New York Red Bulls name Denis Hamlett as Sporting Director after the unceremonious departure of Ali Curtis.

The history of how expansion teams have fared and the uphill battle ahead for Atlanta and Minnesota.


After a lackluster start in the CONCACAF Championship, the U-20’s defeated Mexico 1-0 for the first time in 31 years (seriously) and look set to qualify for the World Cup. Will Parchman on how it happened.


  1. Here is the link to the US Soccer story on the U-20s defeating Mexico 1-0
    Sorry you have to cut and paste
    Auston Trusty did not get into the game.
    My understanding is that if they make the u-20 world cup in May in Seoul South Korea, Derrick Jones is expected to be added to the squad. He will be eligible because he will have – just – completed five years residency in the United States, an eligibility requirement.

  2. Wow; about time U20’s defeated Mexico again. But all due to set pieces and a stellar defense (like 31 years ago)….
    Interesting how a coaching change woke up Leicester big time. Some of their players looked reborn beating Liverpool 3-1 yesterday. Need to see what the long term impact of the coaching change will be but a lot of conclusions are already being drawn, one of which is that player power is becoming more and more prevalent these days.

  3. Some roster rule clarity:
    “…the rule changes allow teams to carry a total of 30 players; an increase of two spots from the previous year, and those two additional spots must be used to sign additional Homegrown Players.”

  4. Here is analysis of how the U-20s did it from Will Parchman at the MLS website.
    sorry you’ll have to cut and paste.

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