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Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 12-15-15

Yesterday may not have been a busy news day but it was a historic one. Justin Mapp has earned the distinction of being the first ever MLS free agent to sign. Mapp signed for Sporting Kansas city. Check out that and much more news below.

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MLS: 5 players that need to be called up to the US Men’s National Team in 2016 | Yahoo Sports:

A nice speculation piece by Yahoo Sports on which players they think should be called up to the United States Men's National team.

Justin Mapp, Sporting KC make MLS free agency history | FOX Sports:

History is made! Ex-Montréal winger is the first signing since MLS and MLS Players Union agreed to limited free agency earlier this year.

Columbus Crew SC's Kei Kamara and Philadelphia Union's Michael Lahoud earn 2015 FIFPro Merit Award |

Michael Lahoud was named co-recipient of the FIFPro Merit award alongside Kei Kamara of the Columbus Crew. This award recognizes players who have made significant impact on their communities and honors Lahoud and Kamara for their work building schools in Sierra Leone.

Several MLS Teams Dishing Out Holiday Ticket Bundles For 2016 Season | Forbes:

Christmas is quickly approaching, and while the mad dash to find the perfect gift for friends and family continues, many MLS teams are simplifying the process. We all know that a Union ticket package with a scarf is the perfect Christmas gift.

Relive Tranquillo Barnetta's first goal for the Union below: