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Who will replace Josef Marinez, MLS Team of the Week and more in today’s links

MLS: Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Union News

Union captain Alejandro Bedoya no longer a designated player
While Bedoya’s new deal will pay him close to the $1.2 million he earned last year, the team is knocking his cap hit down with targeted allocation money.

Warren Creavalle’s start a worse sign for Union than loss at FC Dallas
The biggest news in the Union’s loss at FC Dallas was Creavalle starting at defensive midfielder, with José Martínez on the bench and Matej Oravec not on the plane.

MLS News

Armchair Analyst: Henry’s debut, Vela’s golazo, Josef’s ACL & more
Welcome to the 25th MLS season. There are 251 days until MLS Cup.

Who can replace Josef Martinez? Here are 10 transfer targets for Atlanta United
As tough as it is for Atlanta to recover emotionally from losing the face of the franchise for an extended period of time, management will surely try to find someone to, at least partially, fill his scoring boots. That won’t be easy, since Martinez provided 77 goals and 11 assists through his first three seasons with Atlanta and won the Landon Donovan MLS MVP award in 2018.

MLS Team of the Week: Loons, Red Bulls show big in Week 1
The long offseason is over and MLS has returned, and Week 1 action did not disappoint with plenty of goals, upsets and late drama. There were also some stalwart offensive performances from deeper lying positions, which are represented in selections for the Team of the Week.

D.C. United signs former Columbus Crew captain Federico Higuain
The 35-year-old Argentine, whose brother Gonzalo currently plays for Juventus, arrives as a free agent after eight seasons with the Crew, where he is regarded as a club legend. Higuain has long held a green card, and will not require an international roster spot.

Daniel Sturridge suspended until June 17 for breaking gambling rules
So much for the Sturridge to Atlanta rumors that were popping up.