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Daily Links: Ahead of busy 2024, Union look to lean on youth



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Philadelphia Union News

Prioritizing development and leaning on youth amidst a hectic 2024 schedule
Philadelphia Union’s 2024 campaign is five short weeks away, and when the team takes the pitch again after a restful offseason, it’s possible that fans will start to notice some young players stepping into elevated roles come game time.

MLS News

Orlando City Parts Ways with Captain Mauricio Pereyra
He would go on to make 136 appearances in all competitions (122 starts) and record 10,027 minutes. The midfielder scored seven goals for the Lions and recorded a club record 47 assists.

2024 MLS Match Ball unveiled
Inspired by the 30th anniversary of the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the United States, the ball channels vibrant 90s-inspired colors for the upcoming season.

FC Cincinnati roster decisions: Club in talks about a Yerson Mosquera return
FC Cincinnati announced its year-end roster decisions Wednesday, revealing the club had 23 players on board for next season.

Whitecaps sign Sebastian Berhalter to new contract after career year
Berhalter, 22, is coming off a season in which he set career highs for games played (28), starts (11), goals and assists (two each).

LA Galaxy names Will Kuntz as general manager leading soccer operations
Kuntz has long been considered one of the top up-and-coming front office executives in the league, and one with a unique background. He joined the Galaxy after spending the previous six seasons with crosstown rival LAFC as the senior vice president of soccer operations and assistant general manager.

Frank Lampard and Dean Smith in running for Charlotte FC job
According to The Athletic, Charlotte is deep into the head coach hiring process. Lampard and Smith are both among the finalists for the role. It has not been revealed which other managers are currently in contention for the position.

Sounders ‘finalizing’ young DP deal for Argentine attacker
The 22-year-old attacker has been a starter for Lanús for most of this season, logging six goals and three assists in about 2,000 minutes. Lanús gave de la Vega his first-team debut at 17 and he’s scored 11 goals with five assists in about 3,000 career Primera Division minutes, with another six goals and seven assists in various other competitions.

Loons to keep interim head coach Sean McAuley going into 2024 season
The Loons will start practicing for a new season next month with Sean McAuley remaining as interim coach, the team announced Tuesday.

Chicago Fire rehires Frank Klopas as head coach
This will be the fifth time at the helm for Klopas, who was the Fire’s head coach from 2011-13 and also filled the job on an interim basis three times. He played for the Fire in their first two seasons (1998-99) and is a member of the Club’s Ring of Fire and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

Stefan Frei officially signs new deal with Sounders
Frei, 37, will enter his 11th season with the Sounders after joining them ahead of the 2014 season in a trade from Toronto FC. He is coming off a season in which he allowed just .88 goals per game and posted 14 shutouts in the regular season.

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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