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News roundup: Wooten speaks, D.C. United get Gressel, and Chicharito officially with Galaxy

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Philadelphia Union

Andrew Wooten is pumped about the preseason.

The Philly Sports Network has three takeaways from opening day of the Union’s preseason camp.

Matt De George wrote about expectations for the Union in 2020.


D.C. United acquired German midfielder Julian Gressel from Atlanta for up to $1.1 million. One Five Stripes fan is happy for Gressel.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is officially a DP for LA Galaxy.

Minnesota United trades with FC Dallas for midfielder Jacori Hayes.

Atlanta acquired Adam Jahn from the USL. Good for him! He had some good goals when I was living in the Bay Area.

Sports Illustrated has three questions as preseason begins.

MLS Referee of the Year Allen Chapman talks VAR.

Around the globe

The International Champions Cup has been lucrative for the teams but not the organizer. An investor demands more for his money.

The Deputy Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association says, “We are flogging players when we need to put their health first something has to give.”

The Athletic raised $50 million in funding and says it will continue to invest heavily in soccer.


  1. The sheer number of matches in Europe, particularly in England, really does seem to be putting a real strain on players. Rashford and Kane out at the season’s halfway point is not great. Does there really need to be a League Cup and and FA cup?

    In addition to the stress on players, those extra competitions are further incentive for wealthy clubs to stockpile talented players. You can’t survive league play, two domestic cups and European competition without a deep squad. How many players on the bench at Liverpool and Manchester City might be starting caliber on other teams in the PL? Gab Marcotti broached this earlier this week in a story about limiting squad size and distributing players to achieve more competitive balance.

    Problem is there’s just way too much money to be made playing more football. If there are matches played, there are plenty of people who will buy tickets and watch them on pricey streaming packages.

    And in the meantime, MLS has been off for months….

    • The youth players for what is now Philadelphia Union II were off for three months out of the 12.
      In baseball there is fall ball in Arizona and winter ball in the Caribbean and Latin America.

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