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Brotherly Game Daily Links: FC Cincinnati Expansion Draft Preview

Union’s protected list, full list of eligible MLS players and more in today’s link

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Philadelphia Union News

Union announce protected list for Expansion Draft
Two-thirds of the Philadelphia Union’s starting midfield in 2018 has been left unprotected for tomorrow’s expansion draft.

Sacramento Republic add former Bethlehem Steel midfielder
Lancaster native and Stanford alum Drew Skundrich is heading back to California after a season with the Steel.

MLS News

What you need to know about the Expansion Draft
A little refresher on what to expect from today’s Expansion Draft.

Complete list of players eligible for the Expansion Draft
FC Cincinnati may select up to five players from the eligible MLS player pool. Only a single player can be drafted from any one club.

FC Cincinnati signs five players from previous USL season
The day before their expansion draft, FC Cincinnati continued to make news and add to their inaugural MLS roster by signing five more players from their USL squad, including former Philadelphia Union homegrown Jimmy McLaughlin.

ESPN hires Jon Champion as their new lead MLS commentator
This new role marks Champion’s second run as a full-time ESPN commentator. He was ESPN UK’s lead football announcer, covering the English Premier League, UEFA Europa League and the FA Cup Final from 2009-2013.

David Horst announces retirement
The Pine Grove, Pa. native spent 11 seasons in MLS, most recently with Real Salt Lake.

Timbers sign Zarek Valentin to shiny new contract
The Lancaster, Pa. native will be back for a fourth season with the Western Conference champions.

Rest of the World News

Barcelona back out of proposed Miami game
La Liga’s plans to stage a match in the United States next month have been derailed after Barcelona, who were scheduled to play Girona in Miami, withdrew their support for the game on Monday following a board meeting.