Philadelphia Union News
MLS Expansion Draft: Who will the Philadelphia Union protect?
The eight homegrowns are automatically protected so that leaves 12 of the other 21 players that Ernst Tanner and company can choose to protect or leave available for selection.
Major League Soccer terminates Brian Fernandez contract
Paul Tenorio, via The Athletic, has reported that the termination is due to “failure to comply with the league’s substance abuse and behavioral health (SABH) program.” However, there is no indication of what that failure is, and Tenorio also reports that the MLS Players Association will be filing a grievance on behalf of Fernandez.
Mario Mandzukic could make move to MLS over Manchester United
The Croatian, 33, has not played a single minute of first-team football for Juve this season.
Finland national team, including MLS trio, reach first ever Euros
Minnesota United midfielder Robin Lod and Montreal Impact defender Jukka Raitala both went the full 90 minutes of the Fins’ 3-0 victory over Lichtenstein Friday, a win that sealed their side’s place in the 2020 UEFA European Championships.
Vancouver Whitecaps hire sporting director Axel Schuster
Schuster is from Germany and previously worked in the Bundesliga under veteran soccer executive Christian Heidel, first as a team manager at 1.FSV Mainz 05 from 1992-2016 and then as a sporting director at FC Schalke 04 from 2016-19.
MLS to get rid of live SuperDraft in 2020
The necessity of the SuperDraft as an event came into question last year when the Philadelphia Union traded all five of their available selections to FC Cincinnati for $200,000 in general allocation money.
U.S. Soccer News
USMNT get revenge on Canada with emphatic Nations League win
Goals by Jordan Morris, Gyasi Zardes, and Aaron Long before halftime ensured the U.S. got payback after last month’s shock 2-0 loss to the Canadians in Toronto.
Rest of the World News
Villarreal-Atletico Madrid will not be played in Miami after court ruling
A Spanish court has decided not to grant “interim measures” to allow La Liga to stage the game as a decisive case on the issue of matches being held abroad is to take place in early 2020.