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Brotherly Game Daily Links: McKenzie following Aaronson to Europe with transfer to Gent

Columbus signs Kevin Molino, Miami parts ways with Alonso and more in today’s link

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Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union announces transfer of Mark McKenzie to KRC Genk
The 21-year-old homegrown center back from Bear, Del. is heading to KRC Genk after the Philadelphia Union agreed to a multi-million transfer fee plus performance-based bonuses with the Belgium Pro League club. The Union will also retain a percentage of any future transfer fees for the defender.

With McKenzie heading to Belgium, Philadelphia Union bringing in left-footed center back
Tanner said it was “unfortunate” they no longer have Auston Trusty, a former homegrown center back from Media who was traded to the Colorado Rapids in November 2019.

Mark McKenzie leaves Philly having grown as a soccer player and an anti-racism activist
The 21-year-old rose to become one of the Union’s most prominent faces, celebrated as much for his activism as for his tackles and passes that helped the Union win their first trophy.

MLS News

Official: The Crew announce signing of Kevin Molino
With Molino, the club officially bolsters its attacking options further with the versatile Trinidadian. This comes after the addition of veteran Bradley Wright-Phillips, a striker who scored eight goals for LAFC as a reserve last year, earlier this offseason.

Inter Miami part ways with manager Alonso following debut MLS season
Miami ended the season with a record of seven wins, three draws and 13 losses, sealing a 10th-place finish in the Eastern Conference and a playoff berth.

Emmanuel Boateng reuniting with Bruce Arena
In 2020, Boateng spent time with both D.C. United and the MLS Cup winning Columbus Crew. He had 12 appearances and was only able to register an assist.

Sporting KC re-signs Roger Espinoza for the 2021 season
Espinoza, 34, is third in club history with 301 competitive appearances and fifth in both starts (271) and minutes (24,025). He has added 12 goals and places fifth all-time with 41 assists for SKC.

MLS to take over sale process of RSL on Friday
The league gave owner Dell Loy Hansen until Jan. 8 to find a buyer for RSL. Hansen announced late last August that he decided to sell all the teams and their facilities after allegations of racist behavior surfaced and he took a leave of absence.