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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Lopetegui turned down by USMNT

The Spanish coach’s interest was not mutual, LA denies Zlatan is going to Milan, Italy beats the USMNT

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Philadelphia Union News

Why Curtin deserved his Coach of the Year votes
Jim Curtin finished fourth in 2018 coach of the year voting. The Union coach’s work taking a team in the third year of a philosophical shift into the top half of the Eastern Conference while reaching a third US Open Cup final was recognized as one of the more laudable feats performed by a MLS head coach.

What the changes Ernst Tanner promises could look like
“We are going to scout now,” Ernst Tanner said at a press conference Monday. “The big season is obviously going to start.”

Union’s offseason plans
What else could the Union be planning this off-season?

MLS News

LA Galaxy deny that Zlatan has signed with AC Milan
A story in Tuesday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport reports the former Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain man has accepted a six-month contract to join Milan, with an option to extend the deal a further year.

Nashville signs their first MLS player
Nashville’s Major League Soccer team doesn’t have an official name and won’t begin play until 2020, but it signed its first player Tuesday morning — forward Daniel Rios.

Colombian club wants Jonathan Osorio on loan
Sportsnet has learned that Deportivo Independiente Medellin, one of the top clubs in Colombia, is interested in acquiring the TFC midfielder for a season-long loan in 2019.

How Minnesota sold out season tickets through 2019
Minnesota’s MLS team has sold out season tickets through 2019 at its still-under-construction new Allianz Field thanks to an overhaul of its ticketing platform.

U.S. Soccer News

Italy beats USA 1-0 in stoppage time
Ethan Horvath was in top form for the USMNT, making six saves on the day, but the great performance was spoiled by a stoppage-time winner for Italy with the last action of the match.

Julen Lopetegui told no thanks by USMNT for head coaching position
U.S. Soccer, the source said, replied that it was too far down the line in its process to entertain the interest of Lopetegui, who was undefeated in 20 matches (14-0-6) across two years as the Spain coach. U.S. Soccer offered no comment when asked for a response.