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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Tim Howard announces retirement plans

Philadelphia Union preseason roster, Sacramento gets new investor and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Union release preseason roster
All players listed on the preseason roster will travel to Florida for the Union’s first preseason camp beginning on January 28, 2019.

Union open training camp with familiar questions
The boys in blue were back under the bubble at Penn Park on Tuesday for their first day of preseason training.

MLS News

Tim Howard announces 2019 season will be his last
Howard came to the Colorado Rapids in the middle of the 2016 season, appropriately enough, on July 4th. During his time with the New York Metrostars (1998-2003), Manchester United (2003-2007), and most notably with Everton (2006-2016—he was on loan from Manchester United for the first 25 games, followed by another 329 between the sticks), Howard has proven himself ever the professional, maintaining his goalkeeping chops at a very high level.

Chicago Fire signs Polish winger Przemysław Frankowski
Chicago will be the third club Frankowski has played for at the senior level— and at only 23 years old, he still has a lot of potential upside. Most of his club career to date has been with Bialystok, where he made 140 appearances in five seasons, scoring 24 goals.

Vancouver adds 32-year-old midfielder Jon Erice
The thirty-two year old midfielder arrives in Vancouver having spent most of his fourteen years as a professional in his native Spain at the second tier, while also playing stints in Greece (at Kerkya) and in Cypress (for Apollon Limassol).

Sacramento adds new investor in bid for MLS expansion team
Ron Burkle, the co-founder of private equity and venture capital firm Yucaipa Companies and whose net worth is $2 billion according to Forbes, has joined Sacramento Republic’s ownership group, fulfilling the one glaring hole in the club’s expansion application.