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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Ernst Tanner explains decision

Death of the SuperDraft? More signings in Orlando and Minnesota, and more in today’s lin

Matt Ralph

Philadelphia Union News

Ernst Tanner explains decision to trade away draft picks
The Union owned the No. 13 overall pick, but when Tanner evaluated the talent pool at the MLS Combine, he saw that only eight of the players were below the age of 22, with six in Generation adidas. Tanner believes those players will be picked before the Union would make it to the podium.

With the Union trading away all their draft picks, it may signal the death of the Super Draft
It’s impossible to imagine any other Philadelphia sports team trading away all of their draft picks at once, as the Union did.

MLS News

Minnesota United signs Osvaldo Alonso
Reports from The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio suggest the deal is a two-year guarantee for $650,000 per season; to make his contract compliant with league rules, Minnesota recieves two 2019 fourth round Superdraft picks and sends a second round pick in 2020 to Orlando City SC in order to get to the top of the waiver order.

Orlando signs Center Back Alex De John
De John attended Old Dominion University in Virginia from 2009 to 2012 before joining the Central Spartans of the USL Premier Development League.

LA Galaxy rumored to sign Diego Polenta
The 26-year-old with Serie A and Copa Libertadores experience is an intriguing if risky prospect: Polenta captained the squad at one point but left Nacional six month ago and hasn’t played a competitive match since.