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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union’s successful weekend

Union win first preseason game, Aaronson and McKenzie earn their first USMNT senior caps and more in today’s links

FEB 01 MLS Pre-season - Chicago Fire v Philadelphia Union Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Philadelphia Union News

Przybylko, Fontana and Rayyan score for the Union in 3-0 preseason win over Chicago
After hitting woodwork a couple times earlier in the half, Kacper Przybylko scored the first goal of preseason off service from debutant Jakob Glesnes and Sergio Santos and moments later Anthony Fontana dribbled through several defenders and finished off the run with a goal.

Aaronson starts, McKenzie comes off the bench to earn first USMNT caps in 1-0 win
The homegrown duo are the first Philadelphia Union Academy and YSC Academy grads to earn senior national team caps since the academy went full-time in 2013.

Jakob Glesnes caps off hectic week with Philadelphia Union debut in preseason win
The Union’s newest signing stepped into a short-handed starting XI and played 45 minutes in a 3-0 scrimmage win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

MLS News

Report: Chicago Fire close to signing midfielder Dejan Ljubicic
The Austrian outlet Kurier says the Fire are zeroing in on Dejan Ljubicic, who plays for Rapid Wien and the Austria U-21 National Team. The report says the Fire will pay a transfer fee of around 2.5 million Euros ($2.8 million USD).

Inter Miami names its USL team and courts a Mexican national team midfielder
A league source confirmed multiple reports that Inter Miami is close to signing Mexican national team midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro, who played for newly-hired Inter Miami coach Diego Alonso at Monterrey.

U.S. Soccer News

Ulysses Llanez scores in USMNT debut, leads Americans to win over Costa Rica
The U.S. is trying new lineups, new-ish formations and a whole bunch of new players with an eye on Olympic qualification, and Llanez’s impressive goal got the year off to a successful start.

Gregg Berhalter on Julian Gressel’s USMNT eligibility: “We’ll wait for him”
Gressel, now with D.C. United following a Jan. 21 trade from Atlanta United, last summer expressed interest in suiting up for the Yanks, but he won’t be eligible for U.S. citizenship until December 2021, roughly 11 months before the World Cup in Qatar will begin.