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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Giovinco sold!

Five position battles to watch, Luciano Acosta could be on the move, a slew of signings in MLS, and a Premier League review

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Philadelphia Union News

Union beat Red Bulls 3-2 in first preseason game of the year
Cory Burke and Fafa Picault picked up right where they left off leading the team in goals last season with goals in the Philadelphia Union’s 3-2 win over the New York Red Bulls in the first scrimmage of 2019 in Florida on Wednesday afternoon.

MLS News

Sebastian Giovinco sold to Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia
According to reports from TSN’s Kristian Jack, the club has indeed agreed to sell forward Sebastian Giovinco to Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal for a transfer fee between $2 and 3 million , ending the Italian’s four-year tenure at BMO Field.

Paris Saint-Germain reportedly make $10 million offer for Luciano Acosta
The move, if these figures hold true, would bring in a transfer fee over three times as high as the club’s previous record, an estimated $3 million that Anderlecht exchanged for Andy Najar back in 2013.

Five key position battles to watch in MLS in 2019
Here are the five most intriguing positions battles that should play out this preseason.

Houston Dynamo signs Maynor Figueroa
Figueroa, 35, has been the captain of the Honduran national team and has had a lengthy career in England where he played for Wigan Athletic and Hull City.

Vancouver adds South Korean international Hwang In-beom
Internationally Hwang has played for Korea at u17, u20, and u23 level, as well as 12 times for the senior national team. His caps have all been recent after South Korea manager Paul Bento was impressed by his play at the Asian games.

New England officially signs Carles Gil
Gil, 26, has been a rumored Revs’ target for several weeks. Whispers became louder when he was consistently left off of Deportivo La Coruna’s game-day roster.

Salvadoran International Rodolfo Zelaya signs with LAFC
The 30-year-old is arguably the biggest star in El Salvador, having helped former club Alianza to a slew of titles, while winning the El Salvadoran league’s Golden Boot three times in his career.

Rest of the World News

Chelsea stunned and Liverpool held to a draw in Wednesday Premier League action
Joshua King scored a brace as Bournemouth thrashed Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium to knock the Blues out of the Premier League’s top four.