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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Glesnes already impressing at Union camp

Mbaizo and Elliott obtain Green Cards, NYCFC close to stadium deal and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Jack Elliott, Olivier Mbaizo acquire green cards
The players who currently count as internationals include Jakob Glesnes, Jose “El Brujo” Martinez, Jamiro Monteiro, Michee Ngalina, Matej Oravec, Kacper Przybylko, Sergio Santos and Kai Wagner.

Jakob Glesnes already impressing with Philadelphia Union
Glesnes, 25, landed with the club after a few standout seasons in Norway, where he already became Stromsgodset’s captain despite his young age. Philly reached an agreement for his transfer and added him to the rosters as a TAM player, one that comes with expectations.

MLS News

OFFICIAL: Toronto FC sign RCD Espanyol’s Pablo Piatti as club’s third designated player
If he can stay healthy, Piatti, 30, checks all of the boxes that the Reds were looking for in their new designated player: he’s a left-winger who can play as a forward if necessary, he plays in one of Europe’s top-4 leagues, and his contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

New York City FC close to soccer-specific stadium deal
The project reportedly has the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio and James Patchett, the president of the city’s Economic Development Corporation. Patchett’s office released a statement saying there is no formal agreement.

Official: RSL signs Jeizon Ramirez to young DP deal
Ramirez was nearly signed at Greek club Asteras Tripolis F.C., but Tachira pulled back the deal, likely because RSL made an offer for the player.

MLS gets favourable promotion-relegation ruling from CAS
The ruling said that although FIFA may not like closed leagues they can be allowed if a domestic professional championship never had promotion and relegation between divisions.