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Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 1-3-16

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We're almost through the slow season of MLS activity. Hopefully things will pick up soon with teams wanting to fill out their rosters in preparation for the SuperDraft. Check out today's latest news below.

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MLS rejects NYCFC's Homegrown Claim on Harrison | Empireofsoccer.com :

Look's like we won't have to riot Union fans. But what we should look out for is some situation where Manchester City signs Harrison but loans him out to New York City FC for an extended period (this is the issue that's created when an MLS club is under the same ownership group as an European club.) NYCFC will continue to fight for the homegrown claim - and will hopefully continue to get denied.

Sources: U.S. Soccer set to launch girls’ Development Academy in 2017, likely relegating ECNL to second tier | Soccer Wire:

The US Women's National team is good. Like really good. Prepare for them to get even better once the new development academy is designed to streamline the development process.

2016 MLSsoccer.com Almanac: From Combine to Cup, all the dates you need to know | MLSsoccer.com :

What's the most important thing for an MLS fan to have for the new year? A list of every important date to mark in their calendar for the entire year! Well have no fear, because MLS Soccer has got you covered as they have released a list of each scheduled event for fans to know exactly when they are coming up so they can prepare accordingly.

'The Drogba Eject' could be a disaster for Montreal | Torontosun.com :

Another day with no resolution in the drawn out negotiations between MLS and Chelsea FC. Will Didier Drogba stay? Will he go leaving the Montreal Impact with an almost unfillable hole at striker? We don't know but what we do know is that this needs to be figured out soon so Montreal can prepare for life after Drogba if need be.