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News roundup: Union acquire Carranza, MLS Re-Entry Draft, Premier League Boxing Day results

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Philadelphia Union 

The Union have acquired Julian Carranza on loan from Inter Miami for the 2022 season. 

The 2021 year end season awards at the club level have been announced.

The 2022 season schedule can be viewed here.


What each team should be thankful for from the 2021 season. 

Ricardo Pepi is looking likely to move to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. 

Who was picked up in the 2021 MLS Re-Entry draft. 

The 11 best storylines from the 2021 season.

Who were the 10 best transfers into the league this year? 

Premier League

Several of the Boxing Day fixtures were postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Tottenham got a big win over Crystal Palace. 

Man City and Leicester played to a 9 goal thriller. 

Southampton held on to get a win at the London Stadium. 

Brighton claimed a 2-0 win over Brentford to round up Boxing Day. 


  1. How nice that Toronto can afford to pay 1 guy more than the ENTIRE Union payroll!

    • Peanut Gallery says:


    • John P. O'Donnell says:

      Top 10 Highest Paid MLS Players
      Carlos Vela ($6 300 000)
      Javier Hernandez ($6 000 000)
      Gonzalo Higuain ($5 793 750)
      Alejandro Pozuelo ($4 693 000)
      Josef Martinez ($3 891 667)
      Jozy Altidore ($3 602 250)
      Rodolfo Pizarro ($3 350 000)
      Maximiliano Moralez ($3 285 000)
      Victor Wanyama ($3 091 667)
      Franco Jara ($2 977 000)
      All salaries listed in the list below are ranked with guaranteed compensation (annually).
      Two players made the playoffs on this list.

  2. Here’s some additional perspective – these are published rumors, so maybe they’re true, maybe not. The $13 mil number is being reported as a net (of taxes) number, which puts the gross salary somewhere in the 18-20 mil range. That salary is higher than ANY team’s payroll. Toronto already has the 2nd highest payroll. I’m not sure what the answers are, but it’s hard for me to believe that this is good for MLS and the U.

    • el pachyderm says:

      No its okay. Really. This is parody. Or is it parity. I’m confused.
      the good news… MLS come-lately is displaying the actual real blueprint is closer to how Union are doing it then how Deep Throat err Deep Pocket is doing it.
      How long that lasts in this iteration… is the quesiton.

  3. Toronto was bad because of a horrible coach hire, which they have fixed. With Insigne and 2 CBs that don’t suck they will easily finish top 3 in the east.

    Transfermarkt valuations:
    Insigne 35 mil
    J Martinez 12.5
    Pozuelo 8 mil

    All other top ten salary guys are less than 6 mil.

  4. GB, I think the big money signings for MLS are a sign that teams are starting to find more money to bring players in. I agree Toronto hired a bad coach. I don’t think the Union suffer any from this. Will they ever sign a 20 million dollar player? Don’t know, maybe one day. The youth academy is their focus. And selling on good players to bigger teams(deeper pockets) is the model. I’m no expert nor do I pretend to understand all the business of footy,but I’m pretty happy with the trajectory of the team. 20 mill on one guy is nice optics but if the team around him can’t play at that level that player is not as good. Yes some can hoist the team on their backs. But many!

  5. soccerdad720 says:

    So — looks like Cincy could arguably be dubbed “Union- West” – They coaxed Gaddis out of retirement and they picked up Alvas Powell from free agency.

  6. Is the soccer in Philly website not functioning anymore? If that is the case, that is really a shame. I got a lot of great news about the union on this site.

  7. ExtraTime podcast just suggested that Przybylko may be going to the Fire. Has anyone heard any rumors?

    • Gruncle Bob says:

      Don’t remember the source, but it may be that the Chicago offer is not that far along yet. Still possible, but not solid yet.

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