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Curtin on Union Soccer Podcast: ‘There will be replacements’ for Aaronson, McKenzie
The transfer window for MLS, which was supposed to open earlier this week, has reportedly been moved to March 10 and will remain open until June 1. The regular season will start April 17, but the Union kick off their Concacaf Champions League campaign with a trip to Costa Rica the first full week of April.

Report: Union targeting Scottish international center back
The Sun reports the deal somewhere in the six-figure range for Findlay, whose contract with Kilmarnock expires at the end of the season, making the Scottish side more willing to let him walk. His value on Transfermarkt is listed at $660,000.

MLS News

Forward Alexandre Pato Set to Sign with Orlando City
Pato has been without a team since August after parting ways with Sao Paulo in Brazil, where he made 20 appearances since 2019, scoring five goals. The 31-year-old has played previously for such clubs as A.C. Milan, Villarreal, and Chelsea, but injuries have limited his minutes at times throughout his playing days.

D.C. United unveil marble-inspired 2021 away jersey
The shirt is inspired by the marble used to build monuments on the National Mall, which constitute some of the most well-known District landmarks. Notably, United has also gone away from its traditional away color scheme of white, black, and red, replacing black with blue.

Real Salt Lake unveil supporter-inspired away jersey for 2021 MLS season
On Friday, the club launched their Supporter Secondary jersey on Friday with fans in mind. The white kit features graphic elements of Utah’s natural surroundings, iconic club imagery and the punk attitude of Real Salt Lake’s most avid supporters.

Inter Miami, first round SuperDraft pick Josh Penn agree to deal
Penn, a 20-year-old winger, had six goals and two assists at the University of Indiana as well as featuring for USL Championship side Indy Eleven. His contract was mutually terminated with Indy Eleven before signing for Miami. Penn has also been capped at the US youth international level. 

Official: Atlanta United signs Santiago Sosa from River Plate
Sosa is an Argentinian youth international with a very high chance of being selected for the upcoming Olympics. He has appeared 21 times for River Plate in all competitions over the past three seasons.

New York City FC Acquires Defender Malte Amundsen From Danish Club Vejle BK
The 23-year-old defender has appeared in over 100 professional matches since making his debut for HB Køge as a 17-year-old. He featured for Køge during a preseason friendly against NYCFC in 2016.

New York Red Bulls, MLS don’t want Kaku transfer certificate released
The New York Red Bulls and MLS have asked the U.S. Soccer Federation not to release the International Transfer Certificate for Kaku, continuing the saga surrounding the attempted signing of the midfielder by Saudi Arabian side Al-Taawoun FC that shows no signs of abating.

Rest of the World News

ESPN+ adds Belgium Pro League to growing portfolio of soccer rights
Even though the current 2020/21 season is more than half over, there’s a growing interest in the Belgium Pro League given the number of Americans playing there. Currently, the Belgian Jupiler League features Americans Matt Miazga (Anderlecht), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Ethan Horvath (Brugge), Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk) and Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense).

Hello Union fans! My name is Alex and I've been doing the daily links post for Brotherly Game since the 2016 season. You'll find me on here with all the biggest news stories in MLS and around the world. I also live tweet many of the Union games, and I'm a season ticket hold in section 102. Stop by and say hi!

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