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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union preseason schedule

Union preseason schedule, Real Madrid win Club World Cup, and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Union announce preseason schedule
The Philadelphia Union will begin two stints of preseason training in Clearwater, Florida starting on January 30 - February 8.

MLS News

Atlanta United resigns captain Michael Parkhurst
The 34-year-old center-back started 32 matches last year and was a model of consistency, professionalism, and every other adjective that we can give an older, reliable defender.

Toronto rumored to sign Laurent Ciman
According to several sources, including Taylor Twellman of ESPN and Nicolas Martineau of TVA Sports, Toronto FC may be close to a deal with former Montreal Impact captain Laurent Ciman.

Zack Steffan’s Manchester City signing put into perspective
It was one of the most spectacular transfer announcements in North American soccer in 2018. A transfer worth between $7 million and $10 million will send Columbus Crew keeper Zack Steffen to Manchester City in the summer of 2019.

Rest of the World News

Manchester City and Chelsea lose in Premier League action
The result ended City’s 100 percent home record this season and means they will spend Christmas four points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

Real Madrid wins their forth Club World Cup in 4-1 win
Real Madrid lifted the FIFA Club World Cup for a record fourth time on Saturday after thrashing local side Al Ain 4-1 in the final in Abu Dhabi with the help of impressive distance strikes in either half from midfielders Luka Modric and Marcos Llorente.