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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Jay Sugarman speaks about the direction of the Union

Fabian looking to have fun again, why MLS stars frequently move around, and two DP signings brewing up north

Marco Fabián (left) with Union chairman and majority owner Jay Sugarman at the Kit Release Party on February 8, 2019
Matt Ralph

Philadelphia Union News

Marco Fabián just wants to have fun
Behind the hype and flash of Marco Fabián’s arrival in Philadelphia, there’s a guy who just wants to enjoy playing soccer.

Jay Sugarman comments on direction of the club
Sugarman addressed a number of topics, including how much the team spends on a yearly basis on personnel, the impact of the Fabian signing and the direction of the club heading into the 2019 Major League Soccer season.

MLS News

Even stars in MLS move from team to team frequently
Because the league has a strict salary cap, teams often can’t reward a player for an outstanding season with a raise so they trade him or decline his contract option, forcing the player to seek a job elsewhere.

Darlington Nagbe trying to force trade to Columbus
Why the Crew specifically? One main reason is Caleb Porter. The new manager in Columbus has an extremely close relationship with Nagbe.

Toronto pursuing Alejandro Pozuelo as their third DP
Pozuelo, 27, is currently the captain of Belgian side Genk. Genk are in first position in the Jupiler Pro League, ahead of second-place Club Brugge by 12 points. They are also in the middle of a Europa League campaign.

Whitecaps add 2nd Young DP Joaquin Ardiaz
The 6-foot-1 Ardiaz comes with an impressive resume. He has 21 appearances in the Belgium First Division and UEFA Europa League, scoring 5 goals in 13 starts.