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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Mark McKenzie looking to build off 2018

Zlatan is back, a flurry of trades in MLS, and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Mark McKenzie hopes to build off strong rookie season
It’s been a month and a half since the Union’s season ended, but it likely doesn’t feel that way for Mark McKenzie.

MLS News

Zlatan resigns with LA Galaxy as a Designated Player
After tallying 22 goals and 10 assists last season and taking the league by storm, Ibrahimovic will return to the Galaxy in 2019 as a Designated Player.

Sporting KC trade for Kelyn Rowe
Rowe has 30 goals and 42 assists in 214 appearances in MLS action for New England and can play multiple positions in Sporting KC’s formation.

Edgar Castillo joins New England as part of the Kelyn Rowe trade
Castillo, 32, joins the Revs after spending one year with the Colorado Rapids while on-loan from Monterrey (Mexico).

Kansas City adds Hungarian international defender
The right-footed Budapest native’s contract is up with his hometown club, Budapest Honved FC, so Sporting KC can sign him with no transfer fee.

LA Galaxy bring Juninho back from Chicago
In a reunion that Galaxy fans will surely celebrate, Brazilian midfielder Juninho has returned to the LA Galaxy after the club shipped $75,000 in General Allocation Money to the Chicago Fire.

FC Cincy adds Swiss midfielder with Champions League experience
FC Cincinnati has acquired midfielder Leonardo Bertone via a transfer from BSC Young Boys of the Swiss Super League using Targeted Allocation Money. Bertone, 24, joins FC Cincinnati after playing eight seasons as both a defensive and box-to-box midfielder with Young Boys.

Cruz Azul reportedly interested in Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro
Cruz Azul, fresh off their loss to Club America in the Liga MX Gran Final, are looking to bring in a playmaker. One of the players they are eyeing is apparently Lodeiro.

US Soccer News

Zack Steffen named US Soccer Male Player of the Year
He is the fourth and youngest goalkeeper to claim the award, after Kasey Keller, Tim Howard, and Brad Friedel.

Rest of the World News

Manchester United looking to replace Mourinho with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be named as interim manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, if the club can negotiate his release from Norwegian side Molde, sources have told ESPN FC.