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News roundup: Medunjanin gets national team call up, Allen receives USL honors, more

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Haris Medunjanin was called up to the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team for their friendlies against Bulgaria (March 23) and Senegal (March 27). He won’t miss any time due to the Union’s week off.

Alejandro Bedoya linked up with Malcolm Jenkins for an art event.

Matt Real and Mark McKenzie reported to Team Camp for their USMNT U-20 call ups.

Diversified Community Serviceswas named charity of the match against Columbus . Diversified Community Services helps impoverished families improve their financial situation and stability.


Bethlehem Steel striker Brandon Allen was named to USL’s Team of the Week after his brace against Richmond Kickers in the club’s season opener.

Penn FC signed Salvadorian midfielder Richard Menjivar.


MLS Power Rankings. Union up to 12th from 15th.

Gio Dos Santos was named most overrated player in MLS. Ignacio Piatti was named most underrated. Agree or disagree?

Top available free agents for MLS clubs. Sadly, and perhaps incorrectly, Maurice Edu did not make the list.


We might see Timothy Weah make his USMNT debut in a week.

USMNT interim head coach Dave Sarachan’s contract has been extended through June.

Around the globe.

Good story by Tannenwald on the joint North American World Cup bid.


  1. With all the travel, it will be interesting to see if Curtin gives Medunjanin some rest and starts Jones against Colorado. With it being an away game it wouldn’t be the worst thing to stay defensive and grind out a point.

    • Knowing this club, they’ll never give DJones another look at the first team and he’ll waste away somewhere until his potential career has passed him by. Classic Union. You can’t apply logic to squad rotation, Kevin1813, that just doesn’t compute with this club. We’re going to run our midfield of Haris/Borek/Ale into the ground this season, injuries and two-game weeks be damned.

  2. Who underrates Piatti? Dude’s a killer and everyone knows it, no?

    • He only got $350k last year – that is severely underrated for what he provides, especially in comparison to Gio. He did sign a new contract, so maybe he gets betterrated?

      • Definitely have to go with Gio being overrated. As for Piatti, I don’t think he gets as much exposure as some of the rest. He’s not a lauded as say Martinez and Almiron for Atlanta. In no way am I saying Piatti is a bad player, for the record. Just doesn’t get the MLS pundit love that some others do.

    • We agree, The Truth, we agree.

  3. btw – for any who caught my rant on domestic players after Week 1, it’s not as bleak as what I had read previously:

  4. The link to the Tannenwald article took me to the article about Dave Sarachan.

  5. FYI I didn’t even think there was a roundup today because two articles from yesterday are showing up in the lead instead. Might want to see if you can fix that.

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