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Kansas City tactical preview, four games to watch this weekend and the US Open Cup set for a new broadcast deal

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Philadelphia Union News

Tactical Preview: Kansas City
The Kansas City approach relies on an active three-man midfield supported by a high back line and a front three that pushes play wide defensively.

Adding Monteiro should help Medunjanin, but Derrick Jones still has work to do
The Union’s acquisition of Jamiro Monteiro was on the way to completion before Saturday’s season-opening loss to Toronto FC.

MLS News

Potential deals before the close of the MLS transfer window
The 2019 MLS season is underway, but rosters are still very much under construction.

Four games to watch this weekend
It’s early, but trends for 2019 are starting to form in Major League Soccer after just a week.

Luciano Acosta/DC United contract update: “Our priority is to get him under contract”
Luciano Acosta is under contract with D.C. United until the end of the year. For practical purposes, if the MLS club intends to retain him next season and beyond, it would need to strike a deal with the Argentine playmaker by July 1.

Should MLS allow teams to spend whatever they want?
In the end, Major League Soccer’s roster rules worked, with the March 1 news that the LA Galaxy had exercised their option to buy out the remainder of Giovani dos Santos’ contract, but a new debate is just beginning. Is it time for the league to loosen its restrictions on how teams spend their money?

US Soccer News

Every US Open Cup match to be broadcast in 2019
In preparation for the upcoming broadcast deal, home teams are now required to have space for a TV truck at all matches, sufficient lighting and additional staff in place.