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News roundup: McKenzie gets new contract, full preseason friendlies schedule, and more

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Union

Union sign Mark McKenzie to a new contract through 2022, with options for 2023 and 2024. 

The new and improved full list of preseason friendlies in Florida beginning on January 29th.

You can see the live streams of all the Academy matches in Brazil here.

Bedoya discusses the Union’s 2020 outlook after talking about Inter Miami.

MLS 

Doyle asks one big question of every team in the league.

Catch up on all the latest transfers and rumors with this transfer tracker.

Carlos Vela warns Chicharito (who hasn’t been signed to the Galaxy yet) that “if he comes here, he’s going to lose”.

NWSL

Portland Thorns take Stanford’s Sophia Smith as the No. 1 in NWSL draft.

Washington Spirit trades USWNT’s Mal Pugh to Sky Blue. 

World

Every deal from Europe’s top five leagues in January 2020.

10 things to look out for in the Premier League this weekend.

The Zlatan factor is real as Ibrahimovic’s arrival revitalizes the atmosphere around AC Milan.

Oxford City FC’s defender, Finn Tapp went to South Africa to compete on the British reality show “Love Island” and didn’t tell anybody at the club.

7 Comments

  1. I generally like Matt Doyle. But Ilsinho’s form might be the absolute last question on my mind going into the new season for the Union. I want to know how they plan to NOT concede 50 goals this year.

    • I’m with ya. No doubt he was a difference-maker, but outside of the Red Bulls game (when he came off the bench) and a few other moments of brilliance he wasn’t as vital to the team’s success as Doyle suggests. Also he was rarely a factor when he started, and clearly faded as the season progressed.
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      I’m more worried about who is going to score, or more importantly who is setting up those goals?

      • Yes. That’s question #2 for me.

      • John P. O'Donnell Jr. says:

        Although I generally agree with you, when Ilsinho was on the field they had a ridicules +24 goal differential including the playoffs. For a team that finished +7 that is hard to believe conceding he’s not the greatest defender.

  2. old soccer coach says:

    Please remember that Ilsinho’s performance against Red Bulls at Talen came against Red Bulls reserve left back, Connor Lade, not Kemar Lawrence.

    • He still, more often than not, made whatever left back was out there look silly, even when the defender had extra help.

      If he is in shape and the club thinks he can stay healthy, I’d keep him as a sub… that’s based on the current roster, of course.

  3. Any Real Salt Lake fans seeing this must be miffed. I sympathize with a fanbase saddled with an ownership group who is usually tight about the purse strings.
    https://www.cnn.com/style/article/rare-dime-auction-trnd/?hpt=ob_blogfooterold

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