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Union close to signing a new center back, MLS teams sign more players from Mexico and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Doyle: McKenzie has a lot to gain for USMNT vs. Costa Rica
While Philadelphia Union is hard at work in Clearwater, Florida preparing for its 2020 Major League Soccer campaign, homegrowns Mark McKenzie and Brenden Aaronson are with the United States Men’s National Team ahead of their showdown with Costa Rica on Saturday, February 1st.

Report: Norwegian center back Jakob Glesnes linked to Philadelphia Union
Glesnes would give the Union four center backs on the first team roster with the possibility of Jamaica international and Union II center back Jamoi Topey, who recently obtained a green card, being signed to the first team.

Union’s Olivier Mbaizo faces big year to prove he should play more at right back
Ray Gaddis is the clear No. 1 on the depth chart, but Jim Curtin says Mbaizo will get a shot to earn a lot more playing time.

MLS News

San Jose Earthquakes sign defender Oswaldo Alanis
A full Mexican international, he has established himself as a center back for El Tri, making 23 appearances since 2014.

Report: Atlanta United could sell Tito Villalba to unnamed Paraguayan club
Atlanta United has been heavily linked in recent weeks to two Paraguayan players for Cerro Porteño in central midfielder Mathias Villasanti and Santiago Arzamendia.

January transfer window deadline: Which MLS players could be on the move to Europe?
Who seems most likely to follow the way of Miguel Almiron, Alphonso Davies and others before the winter window slams shut in Europe and other major leagues around the globe?

New York Red Bulls sign Danish GK David Jensen, English RB Mandela Egbo
Jensen has made 112 appearances for Utrecht since a transfer from FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark’s SuperLiga in July 2016. A regular starter for Utrecht for the previous three seasons, Jensen lost his spot to Jeroen Zoet, who arrived on loan from PSV Eindhoven.

NYCFC sign Gudmundur Thórarinsson
At 27 years old, Thórarinsson is in the prime of his career and has experience at both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League levels. Thórarinsson has also capped for Iceland’s national team five times since 2014.

Loons get their man in Luis Amarillla
After spending 2019 on loan with CD Universidad Catolica (the same club Minnesota signed Romario Ibarra from), Amarilla does not appear to be in the mix for parent club Velez Sarsfield in Argentina.

Timbers acquire Liga MX striker on loan
Mora spent half of 2018 with Liga MX’s U.N.A.M Pumas on loan before being bought out. The Chilean-international scored 19 goals in 65 appearances for Pumas.