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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Yunus Munsah commits international career to the United States

Union lose first preseason game, New England adds an Icelandic international and more in today’s links

Wales v USA - International Friendly Photo by John Dorton/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Philadelphia Union News

Philadelphia Union drops first preseason match 1-0 to Orlando City
A short-handed Union attack generated a lot of chances but was unable to find the back of the net against the Lions in Clearwater.

MLS News

Top 5 new homegrowns to watch in 2021
Since last June, 33 homegrown players have been signed for 2021 across MLS, a sign of the liberal flow of young talent into the league from its academy pipelines.

Revolution acquire Iceland national team player Arnor Ingvi Traustason
Traustason, 27, has performed for six clubs in five countries, starting his career with Keflavik IF in Iceland. He broke through at the club level with Norrkoping’s Allsvenskan (Sweden) championship team in 2015, then moved to Rapid Vienna in Austria on a $2.8 million transfer in 2016.

U.S. Soccer News

Yunus Musah commits to USMNT
The 18-year-old Valencia CF midfielder, who was also eligible to represent England, Ghana, and Italy, was born in New York City and spent his youth international career with England. He broke into the Valencia first team this season and caught the eye of Gregg Berhalter, who called him up for friendlies last November against Wales and Panama.

Efrain Alvarez has not made national team commitment despite looming call-up for Mexico friendlies
As things stand, Alvarez isn’t ready to commit one way or the other, but it is safe to project Mexico as having the advantage at the moment, and the experience of taking part in his first Mexican national team camp and friendlies could help lead him to make a final decision ahead of an important year for both Mexico and the United States.

Rest of the World News

UCL Preview: Real Madrid, Chelsea hold slim leads heading into second legs
Real Madrid returns home for a second leg showdown with Serie A side Atalanta, hoping to have a much, more comfortable time than the first leg.