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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union to open preseason against Atlanta

Union’s first preseason game, a history of the number one pick in the MLS Draft and more MLS teams interested in Luka Modric

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Philadelphia Union News

Union announce preseason opener against Atlanta United Jan 29
The Union went 1-0-1 against Atlanta United in the regular season in 2019, including a momentous home win at the end of August that helped secure Philadelphia’s second straight Audi MLS Cup Playoffs appearance.

MLS News

A history of the No. 1 overall pick in MLS SuperDraft
The fortunes of the first overall selections in the MLS SuperDraft have run the gamut over the past quarter-century, from future national-teamers and seven-figure outbound transfers to abject busts and just about everything in between.

D.C. United close to signing prolific Estonian scorer
Erik Sorga, 20, scored 31 goals in 34 matches this past season for FC Flora, the reigning champion in the country’s top-tier Meistriliiga. He has made six appearances for the national team, including four in Euro 2020 qualifiers, and he scored against Belarus in September.

Real Madrid’s Modric approached by D.C. United, Inter Miami, Atlanta - sources
Sources close to the player have told ESPN that initial, exploratory talks were held with D.C. United, and there has also been interest expressed by Atlanta United and Inter Miami.

NY Red Bulls sign midfielders Jared Stroud, Chris Lema from USL affiliate
Both 23-year-old New Jersey natives earned All-USL Championship honors and were two of the top four players in chances created.

MLS SuperDraft 2020: List of players eligible for selection
MLS announced Tuesday its list of 141 college players eligible for selection in the draft, which will take place over four rounds and see up to 104 players picked, though teams are expected to forgo their picks in the later rounds.

Rest of the World News

Liverpool and Nike announce major new kit deal
The move sees Liverpool’s relationship with suppliers New Balance come to an end after five years. New Balance took Liverpool to court last year after it was alleged the club was aiming to switch to Nike once their existing contract ended in May 2020.