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Burke back with the Union, Modric to replace Rooney in DC? And more in today’s links

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Marc Estrada

Philadelphia Union News

Report: Cory Burke granted visa to return to the U.S. for preseason
Burke scored 11 goals in 20 game on loan with Portmore United.

Philadelphia Union II Announce 2020 Home Opener
Entering the 2020 season as the newly rebranded Philadelphia Union II, the club, in conjunction with USL Championship, today announced that Union II will host rival Loudoun United FC in the club’s 2020 home opener. The match is set for Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.

MLS News

Ronny Deila officially named as NYCFC’s manager
Deila signed a three-year contract and will join up with the club pending the result of an American work permit.

The top 5 best clubs at the MLS SuperDraft over the past decade
The Union have enjoyed a pretty good SuperDraft yield over the last decade. While Andre Blake has been a good first overall pick and Keegan Rosenberry (now in Colorado) was landed third overall two years later, some of Philly’s top business has come in the later rounds.

Real Madrid: D.C. United want Luka Modric
According to The Athletic and what AS has been able to confirm, MLS franchise D.C. United want Luka Modric to be the new star to replace Wayne Rooney.

MLS not using video replay technology that’s roiling English Premier League
VAR has been generally popular among soccer fans in America, but within limits. If MLS chooses to not use the virtual line because of the controversy it has caused, the league will likely draw praise from fans.

Report: FC Cincinnati nearing a designated-player signing
A Monday report from The Athletic stated Cincinnati was preparing to finalize a deal for 26-year-old Yuya Kubo, a goal-scoring option from KAA Gent of the Belgian first-division.

Sources: Pedro Gallese to sign with Orlando City, arrive in two weeks
Sources have told SBI that Peru international goalkeeper Pedro Gallese has come to terms with Orlando City and is set to join the club in two weeks. Gallese, 29, will arrive on a free transfer after last playing for Alianza Lima in his native land last year.