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Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 1-9-16

Lots of news and changes are going on within each league from all the way to . But don't worry because we've got you covered. Check out the latest news and links below!

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Ugly hazing allegations from Philadelphia stint raise questions for U.S. U-17s coach John Hackworth | Soccer Wire:
Hackworth being called into question for his role in Peter Nowack's abuse of the players during Nowack's stint with the Philadelphia Union. With Hackworth now being responsible for guiding the U-17 National team he will have to come forward with a statement soon or risk his reputation being forever tarnished.

LAFC clear key academy hurdle, could possibly start USL team before entering MLS | The Goat Parade:
After announcing their colors and logo LAFC is now getting down to business. They've gotten approval to start an academy which could morph into a USL team prior to joining the MLS in 2018 as an expansion team.

Two more MLS teams will test Armada in Jacksonville |
Three Major League Soccer clubs will come to town in February as part of the Jacksonville Armada’s preseason plans.The Armada announced two home exhibitions against MLS opponents Friday, continuing preparations for the team’s second North American Soccer League season.Jacksonville will meet Orlando City on Feb. 13 and the New York Red Bulls on Feb. 27 at the Baseball Grounds, both at 6 p.m.Previously, the club had announced its preseason opener against the Philadelphia Union on Feb. 6.

MLS is no longer cemetery for old players - Gonzalo Pineda | ESPN FC:
The league has gone through a reversal where it it no longer a "retirement league" it is now a place where players in their prime (Sebastian Giovinco et. al.) are able to come to compete.