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Union improving, 10 best debuts in MLS and Wolves sign a new striker

MLS: Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Union centerbacks improving game by game
After experiencing some hiccups in the first two contests of the 2019 Major League Soccer season, the Union head into Saturday’s home clash against FC Dallas with a 200-minute shutout streak.

MLS News

Sporting Kansas City destroyed by Monterrey 5-0
Sporting Kansas City started with decent possession and movement but it did not take long for Monterrey’s pressure and speed to create opportunities.

10 best debuts in MLS history
Both the fans in Toronto and league observers in general are still buzzing over Alejandro Pozuelo’s sterling debut for the Reds, which begged an obvious question: Where does his introductory two-goal, one-assist display rank among the best MLS coming-out parties of all time?

Explained: Why U.S. soccer doesn’t have relegation
It starts with the reality that 24 years ago there was no established professional soccer structure in the country. MLS helped fill the void with a business model that treated each of the league’s teams as part of one entity.

Sacramento proposes 33 million dollar plan to lure MLS
The deal, to be presented to the City Council Tuesday, was negotiated over the last few months between city officials and investor Ron Burkle, a Beverly Hills-based supermarket magnate who is seeking a Major League Soccer franchise for Sacramento.

MLS cult heroes: players who stood out for reason other than soccer
In its 24th season, Major League Soccer is a relatively young league. It lacks the history of its contemporaries in Europe and South America, or even its rival sports in North America. Yet in that span of time, there have been a handful of players who have transcended the league’s limitations, players whose reputations have been woven into the fabric of MLS folklore.

U.S. Soccer

Every U.S. Open Cup game to stream on ESPN+ in multi-year media rights deal
Subscribers will be able to watch a live broadcast of every game.

Rest of the World News

Wolves sign Mexican striker Raul Jimenez
Jimenez has scored 12 Premier League goals in 32 appearances for Wolves this season while on a one-year loan from Portuguese side Benfica.