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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union sign Aaron Jones
The former Tiger is ready to hit the ground running in 2017.

Union launch innovative new program, "Union Juniors Pre-Academy"
In the fall of 2017, Philadelphia Union will be launching an innovative new program for selected boys aged seven to ten.

Union notes: Montreal highlights and reaction, mysterious bone spurs and danger on the break
The Union conceded a 90th-minute equalizer in an entertaining 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night.

MLS News

MLS expects agreement to face Real Madrid in All-Star Game
Major League Soccer is lining up mighty Real Madrid as its opponent for this summer's All-Star Game in Chicago, according to multiple sources.

MLS to allow championship stars on Sounders’ replica jerseys after supporter protest
Major League Soccer changes policy after pressure from Sounders fans and will now allow championship stars to be placed on all the team's 2016 and 2017 replica jerseys.

New York City FC signs defender Ben Sweat
He’s the second pro trialist to ink a deal with NYCFC this preseason.

US Soccer News

Brooks, Besler and more - Ranking the USA's left center back depth chart
John Brooks and Matt Besler have been the top U.S. left center back options for a while, but a new name may be closing in on them under Bruce Arena.

Walter Lopez to officiate U.S.-Honduras World Cup qualifier
The Guatemalan is set to oversee the U.S. national team for the second time in the Hex after calling the Americans' opener against Mexico.

Rest of the World News

Tottenham crash out of Europa League as Belgian clubs have perfect day
Athletic Bilbao crashed out of the Europa League in the round of 32 on Thursday with a 2-0 defeat at APOEL, falling 4-3 on aggregate.

Claudio Ranieri sacked by Leicester 298 days after Premier League title win
Leicester City have sacked Claudio Ranieri just nine months after he led the club to their first Premier League title.