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Philadelphia Union News

El Brujo the top under-the-radar signing
While flashy signings of designated players always capture all the attention (rightfully so for newest DP midfielder Jamiro Monteiro), there are always players that don’t get much press and at the end of the season play a key role in the success of a squad in the their road to the postseason.

Cory Burke loan to Austria confirmed
Sporting Director Ernst Tanner says Jamaican international will be able to re-apply for a green card in April.

Philadelphia Union sporting director Ernst Tanner details the “necessary” permanent move for Jamiro Monteiro
The Philadelphia Union viewed signing Jamiro Monteiro to a permanent deal as a key part of their offseason strategy.

MLS News

Five top under-the-radar signings in MLS this offseason
Predictably, our dumb brains are wired to spend most of our primary transfer window energy kicking about things like the chase for famed Designated Player captures. That clinically-proven scientific fact actually acts as cover for several players to land stateside a bit under the radar, and some of those guys will shine.

Official: LAFC sign midfielder Jose Cifuentes
The 20-year-old joins as a Targeted Allocation Money signing from America de Quito, with LAFC sending $100,000 in General Allocation Money to Orlando City SC for the player’s MLS discovery rights.

RUMOR: Colorado Rapids have reportedly signed French winger Nicolas Benezet
The 28-year-old had eight appearances (five starts) last season with Toronto FC. He had two goals, including this one against Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference Final.

Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath rewarded with 2-year contract extension
With added authority in personnel decisions and another two years guaranteed, Heath now shoulders more responsibility for his team’s progress.

Orlando City Officially Announces Signing of Brazilian Midfielder Júnior Urso
While we still don’t have official numbers, GloboEsporte reported that the Lions would pay the Brazilian club a transfer fee, which has been estimated by Brazilian journalist Benjamin Back at $900,000, and would sign Urso to a four-year deal.

Rest of the World News

Barcelona sack manager Ernesto Valverde, hire Quique Setien as replacement
Ernesto Valverde’s tenure as Barcelona coach is over after he was sacked by the club Monday and replaced by former Real Betis manager Quique Setien in the Camp Nou dugout, the team announced.