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Philadelphia Union News
Will Stuart Findlay make his first Union start this weekend against New York City FC?
Kai Wagner, Jack Elliott, Olivier Mbaizo and, most importantly, Jamiro Monteiro have played every minute of every game this year. Findlay is one of a few players who could give them well-earned rest.
Sheanon Williams to make TV debut on Saturday
Part of the Union’s inaugural club, Williams started 138 matches for the Boys in Blue and racked up 19 assists and seven goals during his Union career that stretched from 2010 to 2015.
Weekend cheat sheet: Your guide to what to watch in Week 3
Here’s your Week 3 cheat sheet. Just make sure your Sunday night schedule is cleared. You wouldn’t want to miss the Chicharito show in Seattle on FS1 at 9 pm ET.
Carlos Vela still out for LAFC, and his long-term future with team is unclear
Bradley could not provide an update on Vela’s long-term future with his team. The former Real Sociedad attacker, 32, has been linked to a return to Spain with Real Betis, leading LAFC to open talks about a two-year contract extension, according to journalist Salvador Perez.
MLS youngsters ready for Europe: Who’s next in line to follow Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams across the Atlantic?
The number of American players in Europe seems to grow every transfer window, and the likes of Christian Pulisic, and most recently Matthew Hoppe, have demonstrated that you don’t necessarily need to come up through a powerhouse MLS academy like FC Dallas in order to make the jump.
Ex-LAFC keeper Kenneth Vermeer nears FC Cincinnati deal
Prior to arriving in MLS, Vermeer had a 15-year career in his home country during which he appeared over 100 times for both Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord. He has received five caps from the Netherlands national team.
Toronto FC set to send Liam Fraser on loan to the Columbus Crew
In desperate need of playing time, the Toronto native appears to be on his way out, with Columbus looking like the most likely destination.
Orlando City and Barnsley agree to extend Dike loan through Championship playoffs
Orlando City did not disclose what the new agreement included, but given the financial stakes on the line if Barnsley was to secure promotion to the Premier League, it is probably a safe bet the new deal included a healthy loan fee.