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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union Homegrowns impressing early

More MLS signings, Nashville stadium falling behind schedule and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

A homegrown talent continues his growth: Curtin says he believes in Fontana
With Brenden Aaronson alongside him in the locker room, fans and media will draw quick comparisons between the two homegrowns. Both scored in their MLS debuts and both started their first matches at the No. 10 spot. For Curtin, however, the two high-upside prospects are on their own paths.

Philadelphia Union homegrowns Jack De Vries, Cole Turner impress in preseason
Philadelphia Union homegrown players Jack De Vries and Cole Turner did not have to wait long to get their first test of top-tier Major League Soccer action in the preseason.

MLS News

Portland Timbers add Polish forward Jaroslaw Niezgoda as designated player
Terms were not disclosed, but previous reports indicated the transfer fee was about $3.8 million. The Timbers are hoping Niezgoda will bring scoring punch to an attack that is now without departed forward Brian Fernandez.

Report: Red Bulls, Anderlecht agree fee for Kemar Lawrence
Lawrence, 27, has 55 caps for Jamaica with three goals to go with 146 career appearances for RBNY, where he has five goals and 10 assists.

FC Cincinnati Near Deal with Dutch Striker Jürgen Locadia
Locadia is currently on loan to Bundesliga club HSG Hoffenheim from parent club Brighton & Hove Albion of the Premier League. The Emmen, Netherlands native featured in various levels of the Dutch youth setup but has yet to make his debut for the Oranje.

MLS, Nashville SC express ‘deep disappointment’ in lack of progress on fairgrounds soccer stadium
In a joint statement released Thursday, soccer officials say there is “deep disappointment” that the mayor has not come to a consensus with the team’s ownership group on the future of the MLS stadium at Fairgrounds Nashville.

Inter Miami CF announces Argentine center back Nicolás Figal signing
The club announced on Thursday it signed the Argentine center back via transfer from Club Atlético Independiente in Argentina’s top division using targeted allocation money, which allows for a club to sign a new player if his salary and acquisition costs are more than the maximum salary budget charge.

MLS, Players Association extend CBA a week as negotiations continue
The two groups have engaged in productive discussions and will continue to negotiate a new CBA,” read a joint statement issued by the organizations around noon Thursday.

U.S. Soccer News

U.S. Open Cup 2nd round draws revealed
The U.S. Soccer Federation has announced the results of the draw for the Second Round of competition in the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, games which will be contested on April 7-9.