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Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 12-23-15:

Christmas gifts are starting to come early as we now know who the Union's first three opponents for the 2016 season will be.

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2016 MLS season to begin on March 6, league announces home openers for all 20 clubs | MLSsoccer.com
Home openers are set. The countdown to the new season begins now!

MLS SuperDraft 2016: How have previous No.1 picks fared? | MLSGB:
Since the introduction of the all-encompassing MLS SuperDraft in 2000, there have been 16 players deemed worthy to be the prestigious No.1 choice at the key offseason event - but what has happened to some of these players? Who became leading men in the MLS, and who retired wondering what could’ve possibly happened?

San Antonio Spurs ownership group to launch USL team in 2016, eyes MLS expansion | MLSsoccer.com:

San Antonio are now one step closer to making their MLS dream into a reality.

Jurgen Klinsmann's USMNT Christmas Wishlist | MLS Multiplex:

As our countdown to Christmas continues, Jurgen Klinsmann has a lot he should be asking Santa for this Christmas, whether it be a left back or striker.

Change in MLS Water Break Rule Could Affect Play for Orlando City in 2016 | The Mane Land:

From our friends at The Mane Land: For the 2016 season, MLS has implemented a change in the rules regarding water breaks. Orlando City will most likely be the team most affected by the new rule. But this change is good for everyone to be aware of with the stark temperature changes now.

Omar Gonzalez sold to Liga MX club C.F. Pachuca | LAG Confidential

Another MLS product heads to Mexico as Gonzo joins Los Tuzos, however none of them have ever shown up to their unveiling dressed as Darth Vader.

Now, start your day off the right way by #Dooping!