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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union youth show their growth

Union sign 7th homegrown player, Fontana and Real hope to grow in 2019 and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Union sign Matthew Freese to Homegrown contract
Bryn Mawr native Matthew Freese has decided to forgo his final two years of college soccer eligibility at Harvard to turn pro with his hometown team.

Anthony Fontana hopes to make a big impact in 2019
The glimpses of Anthony Fontana that Union fans saw this year left many of them wanting more, and for good reason.

Matt Real using USMNT experience to improve the Union
Having helped the U.S. book a trip to that World Cup, set for next May and June in Poland, Real will be a prime candidate to play in the tournament. He’ll also stand a fair chance of being involved in the 2020 Olympic cycle in the under-23 age group.

MLS News

Frank de Boer eyeing Atlanta United job
His managerial career has been spotty since retiring. He enjoyed great success with the club he starred for as a player, Ajax. There he won the Eredivisie four times in five and a half years, holding a 60.3 win percentage.

FC Dallas signs Brazilian defender Bressan
Bressan is a 25-year old Brazilian center back with over 100 appearances already to his young career. He was a former Brazilian U23 player and started 21 matches for Gremio in 2018.

Houston adds midfielder Matias Vera
Vera, who played 25 league games and two Copa Chile matches with O’Higgins in 2018, started his professional career with Argentine squad Nueva Chicago, playing 85 matches over three years there. He moved to San Lorenzo in January 2018 and was immediately sent out on loan to Chile.

Columbus makes permanent transfer of Milton Valenzula
Valenzuela completed a league best 27 crosses from the run of play in 2017, the best of any defender in the league.