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Curtin first to earn Pro License, Alex Morgan to Lyon, MLS moves: Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/21/16

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Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin earns inaugural U.S. Soccer Pro License
Recently, Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin was among one of 13 professional coaches to complete the first-ever U.S. Soccer Pro License Coaching Course. This new license is regarded as the highest and most prestigious coaching license in the country.

MLS News

Chicago Fire sign Hungarian striker Nemanja Nikolic as a Designated Player
The Chicago Fire signed their second Designated Player on Tuesday afternoon, announcing their acquisition of 28-year-old Hungarian international striker Nemanja Nikolic from Polish club Legia Warsaw.

Orlando City Closing on Deal with Bordeaux Defender Grégory Sertic
Per an Orlando Sentinel report, the 27-year-old Ligue 1 center back is our mystery man from last week.

Source: Portland Timbers Finalize David Guzman Signing
The writing has been on the wall for some time now, but today a source confirmed to Stumptown Footy that the Portland Timbers have signed defensive midfielder David Guzmán from Deportivo Saprissa. ...

Portland Timbers Pick Up Keeper Jeff Attinella from Minnesota United
The Portland Timbers have come away from last week’s expansion draft not losing a player, but gaining one.

Columbus Crew SC to sign Homegrown defender Alex Crognale
The Black & Gold are bringing in a young and talented defender.

Jose Ortiz officially joins D.C. United on loan from Herediano
The former Alajuelense attacker comes to MLS shortly after changing clubs in Costa Rica.

Dynamo Sign Honduran Forward on Loan from Monterrey
Dynamo Sign Forward Honduran Alberth Elis on Loan from Monterrey.

US Soccer News

Alex Morgan Will Play in France, Rejoining Orlando Pride in May of 2017
Orlando Pride will not have their top attacking threat when the 2017 NWSL season opens, as captain Alex Morgan opts to play 2016-17 season with Olympique Lyonnais.