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Philadelphia Union News

Philly’s Homegrowns: Jimmy McLaughlin
The second homegrown player in club history after Zach Pfeffer, McLaughlin’s path to the pros included a unique step in terms of Union homegrowns: a year in college.

Philadelphia Union deliver KN95 masks to 4 hospitals as part of Fight for Philly campaign
On Tuesday, the Union delivered 2,500 KN95 masks to four Jefferson Health hospitals in the area.

MLS News

Atlanta United president Darren Eales: MLS still hopes to play full schedule
As the league continues to look down the road and update plans to return, in conjunction with public health guidelines, a number of scenarios remain to resume the 2020 season. At the moment, hope isn’t lost on playing the full 34-game schedule.

MLS News

Short-Term Losses Aside, MLS Poised To Come Out of Sports Hiatus a ‘Winner’
But despite the short-term losses, MLS should find itself poised to come out of the COVID-related sports hiatus a ‘winner.’ Few global soccer leagues have the financial wherewithal (see: billionaire owners) MLS does, so the league should be able to take advantage of the sport’s ‘new normal’ on the other side.

MLS players upbeat during first day of individual training but know more hurdles loom
Several teams returned to the pitch this week for voluntary individual training sessions, but players and executives alike are wary about calling it a “return to play.”

Chris Durkin completes transfer to Sint-Truiden
Sint-Truiden announced Thursday they’ve acquired Durkin from MLS side D.C. United for approximately $1.1 million. Durkin had spent the 2019-20 Belgian Pro League season on loan from the Eastern Conference club, but now has a permanent move to stay in Belgium.