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Philadelphia Union sign Picault, Nat Borchers retires: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/4/17

The weekend is here at last.

Philadelphia Union News

Union sign U.S. national team attacking prospect Fafa Picault
Union manager Jim Curtin hinted Monday that a deal for former U.S. national team attacking prospect Fabrice "Fafa" Picault was "in a good situation," and that something official could be coming soon.

Union named "winners" of Winter Transfer Window; only MLS side on list
FC Yahoo has ranked the "winners and losers" of the January Transfer Window, placing Philadelphia Union alongside Everton and Paris Saint-Germain as winners.

Union's youth academy takes aim at developing future American soccer stars
If you want to find the soccer player who is most likely to lead the U.S. national team to World Cup greatness, you probably won't see him on the squad that is currently trying to get to next year's tournament in Russia.

MLS News

If you're still calling MLS a 'retirement league,' you're not paying attention
This winter transfer window has further crippled any thoughts of MLS being a retirement destination for fading foreigners.

Portland Timbers defender Nat Borchers announces retirement
Portland Timbers defender Nat Borchers today announced that he will retire from professional soccer after a distinguished 14-year playing career.

Timbers Acquire Lawrence Olum from Sporting Kansas City
The Portland Timbers on Friday acquired defensive midfielder and centerback Lawrence Olum from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for the Timbers’ natural 2018 first-round draft pick and $50,000 in cash.

Albanian midfielder Jahmir Hyka completes move to San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose stocks up on foreign talent ahead of 2017 MLS season.

LAFC say they have 14,000 season ticket deposits
Majority of Banc of California Stadium set to include LAFC Originals.