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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Matt Freese named to U.S. Olympic Qualifying roster

Toronto awarded Canadian Concacaf Champions League spot, Europa League review and more in today’s links

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Philadelphia Union News

Freese named to USMNT Olympic Qualifying Roster
USA will face Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Mexico in Group Stage; twenty-player roster features 11 with senior USMNT experience.

Curtin Confident as Busy April Awaits the Union
With the club’s preseason entering Phase II with closed-door scrimmages in Clearwater, Florida, Head Coach Jim Curtin said he the busy slate is something his staff will learn to navigate.

MLS News

LA Galaxy sign French midfielder Samuel Grandsir
Grandsir made his professional debut in Troyes’ set-up, playing for their reserve team starting in the 2013-14 season, before making his debut with the first team in Ligue 1 in 2015-16. He played in both Ligue 2 and Ligue 1 over the next two seasons for the club, as a regular, before getting the big move to Monaco for the 2018-19 season.

Inter Miami sign former Seattle Sounders defender Joevin Jones
Jones, 29, played the 2016 and 2017 seasons with Seattle, mainly as a starter, before playing two seasons with German club Darmstadt 98 from 2017-19. He returned to Seattle for the 2019 season, spending two more years with the team before the club declined his contract option for the 2021 season in December 2020, making him a free agent.

Concacaf News

Jason Kreis names 20-man U-23 Olympic qualifying roster
We know the 20 men who will be tasked with trying to get the U-23s back to the Olympics. Today, U.S. Soccer released the roster for the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Championship, and 20 players selected by Jason Kreis will compete in that competition.

2020 Canadian Championship postponed; TFC automatically advances to CONCACAF Champions League
While the game was to be played on March 20 at BMO Field, an outbreak of multiple positive COVID-19 cases at Toronto FC training camp earlier this week (and Forge’s inability to return to training) has indeed put a dent into those plans.

Rest of the World News

Milan hold United as Arsenal and Spurs grab first-leg wins
AC Milan struck late at Old Trafford while the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Roma all won their last-16 openers.