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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union may block McKenzie from U20 World Cup

Steel to mostly play Union backups, 2019 preseason schedule for every MLS team and two big moves from Europe

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Columbus Crew SC Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Union may try to block Mark McKenzie from U20 World Cup
For the last few years, the Union have prided themselves on developing young American talents good enough to be part of the U.S. national team, but this year, they may try to prevent that.

Bethlehem Steel plan to play a lot of Union backups and academy players
If you think the Union have a lot left to do to get ready for the season, spare a thought for Bethlehem Steel coach Brendan Burke.

MLS News

2019 preseason schedule for every MLS team
Between now and the season opener on March 2, teams across the league will venture to a variety of domestic and international locations to prepare for the 2019 season.

How long can New England hold on to Diego Fagundez?
Uruguayan side Nacional is still interested in Diego Fagundez, but its initial offer to the New England Revolution for his services was not a lucrative one.

Toronto trades Nick Hagglund to Cincinnati
In return, the Reds will receive $250,000 in allocation money ($150k in GAM, $100k in TAM), as well as the top spot in the allocation order.

Caleb Stanko set to sign with Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati’s quest for a defensive midfield anchor has led the Major League Soccer expansion club to a European-based American who is ready to return home.

U.S. Soccer News

Examining the cuts made so far at the January Camp
It is an annual tradition: 1) The US men’s national team head coach calls up a large roster for January camp, and then 2) a couple of players are cut from that camp. And people freak out to one degree or another.

Rest of the World News

Gonzalo Higuain joins Chelsea on loan with option to buy
The Blues have an €18 million option to extend the loan for next season or €36m to sign the Argentine permanently, to be paid over the course of two years.

Barcelona sign Frenkie de Jong for 75 million Euros from Ajax
Ajax stand to make another €11m in add-ons if De Jong succeeds at Camp Nou, where he has penned a five-year deal, taking him up until the end of the 2023-24 campaign.